Scots duo Connor Syme and Robert MacIntyre have been named in the Great Britain and Ireland side for next month’s Walker Cup match against the USA, with Craig Howie named as second reserve.
The R&A today announced the GB&I team for the 46th Walker Cup match which will be played at Los Angeles Country Club on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September.
GB&I will be aiming to defend the trophy after securing a 16½-9½ victory in the 2015 match at Royal Lytham & St Annes; their biggest winning margin since the match was first played in 1922.
A 10-player team and two reserves have been named for the 2017 match with five Englishmen featuring alongside two Scots, two Welshmen and one player from Ireland.
The GB&I team includes The Amateur champion Harry Ellis, the Silver Medal Winner at The Open and European Amateur champion Alfie Plant, the Lytham Trophy champion Jack Singh Brar and the winner of the St Andrews Links Trophy Matthew Jordan. Last year’s Amateur champion Scott Gregory is joined in the team by the man he defeated in the final, MacIntyre.
Syme reached the quarter-finals of the US Amateur Championship at the weekend, with the Drumoig player and MacIntyre (Glencruitten) both European Amateur Team winners with Scotland last summer. Both are ranked inside the top 15 in the world amateur golf rankings, with Peebles’ Howie (57th) just missing out on sslection after a consistent season.
Syme, the 2016 Australian Amateur champion, also qualified to play in The Open at Royal Birkdale in July. Left-hander McIntyre, meantime, finished tied fourth at the European Amateur and reached the last-32 of the US Amateur.
East Renfrewshie’s Craig Watson, 51, who will be captaining the GB&I team for the first time in the match, said: “We have been very impressed with the performances of many of the GB&I players so far this season and it has been a difficult decision to select only ten players.
“The Walker Cup match is one of the highlights of the golfing calendar and a tremendous opportunity for the players to shine on such a big stage. The Americans will be determined not to lose two matches in a row but we have selected a strong team and I’m sure the players will give it their all to try to retain the trophy.”
The GB&I team:
- David Boote, 23, Walton Heath, Wales
- Jack Davidson, 20, Llanwern, Wales
- Harry Ellis, 21, Meon Valley, England
- Scott Gregory, 22, Corhampton, England
- Matthew Jordan, 21, Royal Liverpool, England
- Paul McBride, 21, The Island, Ireland
- Robert MacIntyre, 21, Glencruitten, Scotland
- Alfie Plant, 25, Sundridge Park, England
- Jack Singh Brar, 20, Remedy Oak, England
- Connor Syme, 22, Drumoig, Scotland
- 1st Conor O’Rourke, 26, Naas, Ireland
- 2nd Craig Howie, 22, Peebles, Scotland
Men’s Order of Merit Win for McLaren
Edinburgh’s Stuart McLaren, the 22-year-old from Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society, chalked up his first-ever victory in a 72-hole tournament at Newmachar yesterday when he won the North-east District Open by three strokes.
It was an event of “two halves” for Stuart. He was 10 under par at halfway with rounds of 69 and 65 for 135, but he was seven over par for the final 36 holes with rounds of 75 and 76.
“I hit my irons well on Saturday and my putting was good. The final two rounds were a bit of a scramble. I three-putted three times over the 72 holes, twice on Sunday,” said investment banker McLaren who has won the Lothians Order of Merit.
“It’s great to make my first four-round victory an Order of Merit event but to tell you the truth my feelings are more of relief than anything else.”
McLaren won in the end with a three-under tally of 285 – three strokes ahead of James Wilson (Balmore), who closed with a 68 for 288, and five ahead of third-placed Calum Fyfe (Cawder) who had a 68 in the third round.