2007 Great Britain And Ireland Walker Cup Team Profiles
Johnathan Caldwell, 23, Clandeboye, Ireland
Caldwell plundered four points from a possible six during July's European Team championship at Western Gailes to help Ireland win the title for the first time since 1987. He has represented his county at various levels since first emerging on the international scene in the boys' ranks back in 2002. Earlier this season, Caldwell was a semifinalist in the Irish Close Amateur championship
Rhys Davies, 23, Royal Porthcawl, Wales
The Edinburgh-born Welshman, who played in this year's US Open, racked up two points from a possible four during GB&I's narrow defeat in the 2005 Walker Cup in Chicago. A prolific winner on the American college circuit during a four-year stint at East Tennessee State University, the 22-year old claimed 10 titles and was a NCAA All American from 2005 to 2007. Prior to his four-year spell in the States, Davies won the British Boys' championship in 2003 at Royal Liverpool, 12 months after losing in the final of the same event at Carnoustie.
Nigel Edwards, 39, Whitchurch, Wales
A veteran of three previous Walker Cup campaigns, Edwards will be the most experienced player in the GB&I line-up at County Down. Having tasted success in both 2001 and 2003, when he holed the winning putt at Ganton, Edwards will be eager for a hat-trick of wins after the disappointment of defeat in 2005. A consistent performer on the amateur circuit, Edwards manages to combine his role as the director of player development and coaching at the Golf Union of Wales with top-level competition. This season, he has won the Duncan Putter and was runner-up in the Lytham Trophy.
David Horsey, 22,Styal, England
After successfully defending his West of England title at Saunton this year, Manchester man Horsey went on to finish fourth in the Brabazon Trophy and sixth in the St Andrews Links Trophy during a consistent campaign. Runner-up in the English Amateur Championship of 2004 at Notts, Horsey has established himself in the England international picture and, back in June, he shot a course record 64 at Royal Lytham during the first round of qualifying in the Amateur Championship on his way to leading the stroke play standings.
Rory McIlroy, 18, Holywood, Ireland
McIlory underlined his reputation as one of the game's most promising talents in July's Open Championship at Carnoustie where he picked up the Silver Medal. The Irish teenager burst onto the scene in 2005 when, at the age of 16, he became the youngest winner of both the West of Ireland title and the Irish Close Amateur championship. He retained both crowns in 2006 as well as adding the European Amateur championship to his blossoming collection of silverware. A regular in the Irish international set-up, McIlory made his mark on the European Tour earlier in the year when he made the cut in the Dubai Desert Classic.
Llewellyn Matthews, 23,Southerndown, Wales
Matthews thrust himself into the Walker Cup reckoning back in June when he completed a fine wire-to-wire win in the St Andrews Links Trophy with a record low aggregate of 15-under 273. He gave his season another lift when he came through local final qualifying for the Open Championship at Monifieth to take his place alongside the world's finest golfers. Having beaten Rhys Davies to the Welsh Amateur title in 2006, Matthews retained his title at Royal St David's back in August which cemented his place in the GB&I lineup.
Jamie Moul, 22, Stoke-by-Nayland, England
Walker Cup debutant Moul was No.1 on the World Amateur Golf Rankings for 16 weeks based on his performances over the 12-month period that started with his win in the 2006 Lytham Trophy followed by a third place in the Brabazon Trophy. That same year, he reached the semifinals of both the British and English Amateur Championships. This season, Moul shared victory with Frenchman Romain Bechu in the Brabazon Trophy and reached the last 16 of the Amateur Championship at Royal Lytham.
John Parry, 20, Harrogate, England
Parry made an early bid for a Walker Cup slot back in March when he powered to an emphatic 10&9 win over Frenchman Baptiste Chapellan in the final of the Spanish Amateur Championship. Buoyed by that success, the young Yorkshireman bolstered his standing with a playoff victory over English teammate Paul Waring in the Welsh Open Stroke play event at Machynys. A former winner of the McEvoy Trophy and the Danish Amateur Championship, Parry was the Faldo Junior Series under-21 champion in 2005.
Lloyd Saltman, 21, Craigielaw, Scotland
The only Scot in the team this year, Saltman picked up three points out of four during a fine Walker Cup debut in 2005. After a relatively quiet 2006 season, the former Open Silver Medallist roared back into the spotlight earlier this season when he claimed consecutive wins in the Scottish Champion of Champions, the Craigmillar Park Open, the Lytham Trophy and the Irish Open Stroke play championship during a glory-laden five-week spell. That triumphant run sealed his place in the ten-man side for this week's contest which will mark Saltman's final appearance in the amateur ranks before he makes the step-up into the professional game.
Daniel Willett, 19, Rotherham, England
Willett came with rousing late charge to seal a Walker Cup berth following a wonderful week in late July-early August which spawned two major titles. He staked his claim with a purposeful 10-shot victory in the South of England Championship at Walton Heath before continuing in the rich seam of form he had found by capturing the English Amateur title seven days later with a 3-and-2 win over Coventry's Matthew Cryer. He is a student at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Willett has two wins to his name on the U.S. college circuit.
Captain: Colin Dalgleish, 46, Helensburgh, Scotland
One of Scotland's leading amateur golfers during his competitive days, Dalgleish's captaincy of the GB&I team got off to a winning start last October when his side beat the Continent of Europe in the St Andrews Trophy at Marianske Lazne in the Czech Republic. A former Scottish Amateur champion and a skipper of the national team between 1993 and 1996, Helensburgh-based Dalgleish was part of the 1981 GB&I Walker Cup side which lost to the US at Cypress Point.
PAR AND YARDAGE – Royal County Down will be set up at 7,181 yards with a par of 35-36-71
GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT – Old Tom Morris is credited with the original routing in 1889, which was possibly the first course to ignore the then traditional layout of nine holes "out" and nine holes "back." Royal County Down was opened for play in 1891. Many revisions were made, including some by club professional Seymour Dunn (1904) and by famed golfer Harry Vardon. Others who had a hand in evolving changes to the course were George Combe and Harry Colt, all in the first three decades of the 1900s. The last of the modifications was in 2005 when Donald Steel tinkered with the 16th hole.
ROYALTY – In 1908, King Edward VII conferred "Royal" status to the Club.
WHAT IS THE WALKER CUP MATCH? – The Walker Cup Match is contested by male amateur players, one team from the United States and one team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The teams consist of not more than 10 players and a captain. The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the U.S. and Great Britain/Ireland.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY – On Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9, there will be four foursomes matches (18 holes each) each morning and eight singles matches (18 holes each) each afternoon.
Starting Times – (local GMT)
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. for foursomes, 1 p.m. for singles
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. for foursomes, 1 p.m. for singles
TICKETS – Daily grounds tickets are 25 pounds apiece. While a limited number are available, they can be purchased online at www.randa.org. Junior (age 16 and under) are 10 pounds apiece.