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Initial Great Britain and Ireland 2017 Walker Cup Roster Announced
WAGR No. 6 Scott Gregory <br>(Golfweek Photo)
WAGR No. 6 Scott Gregory
(Golfweek Photo)
(January 23, 2017) -- On Monday the Royal and Ancient released the initial Great Britain and Ireland 2017 Walker Cup roster. The announcement comes with just under eight months remaining until the matches are set to tee off on September 9-10 at Los Angeles Country Club. The announcement comes roughly a month after Team USA held a practice session at LACC.

The initial GB&I roster includes 19 players and it will be trimmed to 10 in August. Headlining the current roster is the sixth ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings Scott Gregory of England. Gregory won last summers British Amateur and he will be joined by the player whom he defeated in the final on the roster, world No. 10 Robert MacIntyre of Scotland.

Also on the roster is 19th ranked amateur Connor Syme, the winner of the 2016 Australian Amateur and defending Irish Amateur Open Champion Colm Campbell. Reinstated amateur Barry Hume is apart of the initial roster as well.

Here is a complete look at the 19 players on the GB&I roster that will be competing to play for first- time captain Craig Watson:

David Boote, Wales
Paul McBride, Ireland
Daniel Brown, England
Bradley Moore, England
Colm Campbell, Ireland
Conor O’Rourke, Ireland
Owen Edwards, Wales
Marco Penge, England
Alex Gleeson, Ireland
Alfie Plant, England
Scott Gregory, Scotland
Craig Ross, Scotland
Stuart Grehan, Ireland
Sandy Scott, Scotland
Craig Howie, Scotland
Connor Syme, Scotland
Barry Hume, Scotland
James Walker, England
Robert MacIntyre, Scotland

Speaking on the 19 players currently on the GB&I roster captain Watson said, "We have identified a strong group of players who are all in contention for a place on the team and we will be monitoring their performance and results over the coming season. We will also pay close attention to the progress and form of players who have not been included in this current squad as they also have the opportunity to play their way into contention for the team selected to play the USA in September.”

GB&I is hoping to retain the trophy after winning it on home soil by a score of 16.5-9.5 in 2015 at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

Team USA announced their early roster in November and held a practice session at Los Angeles Country Club shortly before Christmas.

Editors Note: The R&A contributed to this story

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The Walker Cup Match is a biennial 10-man amateur team competition between the USA and a team composed of players from Great Britain and Ireland and selected by The R&A. It is played over two days with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches.

The first United States Walker Cup Team, which in 1922 defeated the GB&I side, 8-4, at the National Golf Links of America, is considered among the best teams ever and included Francis Ouimet, Bob Jones, Charles “Chick” Evans and Jess Sweetser. Many of the game’s greatest players have taken part in Walker Cup competition, including U.S. Open champions Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth for the USA and Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose for Great Britain and Ireland.

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