Three English players – Ashley Chesters, Sam Horsfield and Jimmy Mullen – have been selected for the GB&I team for September’s Walker Cup match at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
In addition, England boy international Bradley Moore has been picked as a reserve for the match, which will be played on Saturday and Sunday, 12-13 September.
The team of 10 players and two reserves includes a record five Irish players – among them is the Brabazon Trophy winner, Cormac Sharvin.
GB&I will be aiming to win back the trophy after the USA enjoyed a 17-9 victory in the 2013 match at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York.
Nigel Edwards, who will be captaining the GB&I team for the third time, said, “We have selected a talented group of players who compete at the highest levels of amateur golf and, in some cases, have played in Major Championships and Tour events. The Walker Cup offers these players a tremendous opportunity to display their abilities and gain invaluable experience of playing in international team competition.
“I know there will be players who are disappointed not to have made the team and it has been a difficult decision to make with such strength in depth in the British and Irish game at the moment but we believe we have selected the best players for the team and are very much looking forward to the match.”
The GB&I team:
Ashley Chesters, 26, Hawkstone Park, England
Paul Dunne, 22, Greystones, Ireland
Grant Forrest, 22, Craigielaw, Scotland
Sam Horsfield, 18, Davenport, Florida, USA
Jack Hume, 21, Naas, Ireland
Gary Hurley, 22, West Waterford, Ireland
Jack McDonald, 22, Kilmarnock (Barassie), Scotland
Gavin Moynihan, 20, The Island, Ireland
Jimmy Mullen, 21, Royal North Devon, England
Cormac Sharvin, 22, Ardglass, Ireland
Ewen Ferguson, 19, Bearsden, Scotland
Bradley Moore, 17, Kedleston Park, England
Nigel Edwards, 47, Whitchurch, Wales
2013 The National Golf Links of America, USA 17 GB&I 9
2011 Royal Aberdeen, GB&I 14 USA 12
2009 Merion, USA 16½ GB&I 9½
Chesters is the highest-ranked British player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking in sixth position and put in an excellent performance in The Open at St Andrews to finish tied for 12th. The two-time European Amateur Champion and English international reached the last 16 of the Amateur Championship at Carnoustie, finished tied second at the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship and tied seventh at the Brabazon Trophy.
Horsfield was born in England but his family moved to Florida when he was aged five. Currently ranked 23rd in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, the 2013 Florida State Amateur Champion reached the quarter finals of this year’s Western Amateur Championship and qualified for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. He reached the last 32 at last week’s U.S. Amateur Championship.
Mullen is the reigning Welsh Amateur Open Stroke Play Champion. He was part of the England teamwhich finished fourth at the European Amateur Team Championship and also represented his country in this year’s Home Internationals. He finished tied third in the Duncan Putter and tied 19th at the Lytham Trophy. In 2014, he reached the last 16 of the U.S Amateur Championship.
Moore has just been picked to captain the GB&I boys’ team for this week’s Jacques Leglise Trophy match against the Continent of Europe. He won the Carris Trophy recently and has topped the England Golf boys’ order of merit for the past two years.
Caption: Ashley Chesters (left) and Jimmy Mullen winning for England (Image © Leaderboard Photography).
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