For Crosby, the Walker Cup team picture becomes clearer
Feb 08, 2021 - U.S. Walker Cup captain Nathaniel Crosby tells AmateurGolf.com where the selection process stands after the Jones Cup
GB&I TEAM ANNOUNCED
Ten players have been selected for the Great Britain and Ireland team to play the United States of America in the 48th Walker Cup match at Seminole, Florida on Saturday, 8 and Sunday, 9 May.
GB&I is bidding to win back the famous trophy after the USA secured a 15½-10½ victory at Royal Liverpool two years ago, marking the first away win in the match since 2007 when the USA prevailed at Royal County Down.
The GB&I team comprises Barclay Brown, Alex Fitzpatrick, Angus Flanagan, Ben Jones, Matty Lamb, Joe Long, John Murphy, Mark Power, Ben Schmidt and Sandy Scott. The travelling reserves are Jack Dyer and Jake Bolton.
Stuart Wilson, GB&I captain, said, “The Walker Cup is the pinnacle of the amateur game for these players and we are delighted that they will have the opportunity to compete against their counterparts from the USA at Seminole. It gives them the opportunity to display their exceptional talent and will provide a lifetime of memories. After a difficult year with the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all looking forward to the match this year and I know the team will be doing their very best to win back the Walker Cup.”
Representing Stanford University, Brown has most recently finished fifth in the Bandon Dunes Championship which builds on his two top-10 results last season, including a second place in the Cabo Collegiate. On English soil in 2020, he was a semi-finalist at the English Men’s Amateur Championship, fourth in the Brabazon Trophy and reached the quarter-finals of The Amateur Championship. He has previously represented GB&I in the 2018 and 2019 Jacques Leglise Trophy matches as the playing captain.
The Englishman is making his second appearance in the Walker Cup after playing in the match at Royal Liverpool two years ago, when he secured two points for GB&I. Representing Wake Forest University, he has started this year strongly, winning the Valspar Collegiate, finishing tied-second at the Jones Cup Invitational and recording top five finishes in the Wake Forest Invitational and Arizona Collegiate. Last year, he won the Golf Club of Georgia Amateur Championship and was a member of the International team which won the Arnold Palmer Cup against the United States of America at Bay Hill.
Played for the International team which won the Arnold Palmer Cup against the United States of America at Bay Hill and finished second in the Windsong Invite last year. Received invites to play in this season’s Genesis Invitational and the 3M Open in 2020 on the PGA TOUR. In 2019, he won the Macdonald Cup and the Big Ten Championship.
Last season, Jones recorded top ten finishes in the Australian Master of the Amateurs, Australian Men's Amateur Championship and Ghala Open. In 2019, the Englishman reached the semi-finals of The Amateur Championship at Portmarnock, finished third in the European Amateur Championship and represented England in the European Amateur Team Championship and Men’s Home Internationals. He played for GB&I in the 2017 Jacques Leglise Trophy.
Won the North of England Open Amateur Championship and Tillman Trophy last year, as well as reaching the last 32 of The Amateur Championship. Has represented England in the Men’s Home Internationals and European Amateur Team Championship.
Long savoured success on home soil to win The 125th Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale after the Englishman defeated compatriot Joe Harvey in an exciting 36-hole final. The win featured in a 2020 season that saw him achieve top ten finishes in the Brabazon Trophy, South African Amateur Championship, South African Stroke Play Championship, African Amateur Stroke Play Championship and Tillman Trophy, as well as reaching the latter stages of the English Men’s Amateur Championship.
Earlier this year finished in the top ten at the Jones Cup Invitational and Mobile Bay Intercollegiate and recorded wins in the GCAA Amateur Series – Georgia and Dorado Beach Collegiate in 2020. Won the Bearcat Invitational and Mullingar Scratch Trophy two years ago and was the 2018 St Andrews Links Trophy winner. Has represented Ireland at the World Amateur Team Championships and European Amateur Team Championship and GB&I in the 2018 St Andrews Trophy.
Reached the semi-finals of The Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale last year as well as a runner-up finish in the Brabazon Trophy and top five finishes in the Mullingar Scratch Trophy and Connacht Stroke Play Championship. Played for the winning International team in the Arnold Palmer Cup at Bay Hill. Has previously represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy and Ireland in the European Amateur Team Championship and Men’s Home Internationals.
Won the New South Wales Amateur in Australia last year and was second in the Avondale Amateur. Was also runner-up in the Tillman Trophy behind Matty Lamb. Rose to prominence in 2019 after winning the Brabazon Trophy, the Carris Trophy and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Won the Lee Westwood Trophy in 2018. Has represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy and England in the Men’s Home Internationals.
The Scotsman will make his second appearance in the Walker Cup after contributing 2½ points for GB&I in the match at Royal Liverpool in 2019. Reached the last 32 of the US Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes last year and also qualified for the US Open at Winged Foot. As a student at Texas Tech University, Scott won the 2019 El Macero Classic and The Carmel Cup.
Jack Dyer – first traveling reserve
Dyer will travel to Seminole as first reserve for the GB&I team following an impressive display of recent form. Competing in South Africa, he recorded four top-ten results including a runner-up finish in the South African Amateur Championship. Last year he won the South East of England Links Championship and finished fourth in the Brabazon Trophy. Playing for California State University, he recorded a runner-up result in the Orange County Collegiate Classic and third in the Sacramento State Invitational.
Jake Bolton – second traveling reserve
Bolton reached the semi-finals of The Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale last year, losing out to eventual champion Joe Long. Recorded top ten finishes in the Cape Province Open and South African Amateur Championship. In 2019, Bolton won the Scottish Amateur Stroke Play Championship and Hampshire Salver.
ABOUT THE The Walker Cup
The Walker Cup Match is a biennial 10-man
team competition between the USA and a team
composed of players from Great Britain and
and selected by The R&A. It is played over two
with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes
The first United States Walker Cup Team, which
1922 defeated the GB&I side, 8-4, at the
Links of America, is considered among the best
ever and included Francis Ouimet, Bob Jones,
“Chick” Evans and Jess Sweetser. Many of the
greatest players have taken part in Walker Cup
competition, including U.S. Open champions Jack
Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth for the
and Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Justin
for Great Britain and Ireland.
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