Bowood ace Smith gets Walker Cup call
6:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in Sport
WILTSHIRE golfer Jordan Smith has been named in the Great Britain & Ireland team to defend the Walker Cup in New York next month.
The Bowood youngster is included in the 10-strong team picked by captain Nigel Edwards after a series of fine performances this year.
The 20-year-old won the Brabazon Trophy - the English strokeplay title - earlier this summer and reached the latter stages of the recent English Amateur Championship.
Smith, the 17th-ranked amateur in the world, also played in the recent US Amateur Championship and narrowly failed to reach the matchplay stages.
Great Britain and Ireland will defend the Walker Cup - the amateur men's equivalent of the Ryder Cup - they won at Royal Aberdeen in 2011 at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York on September 7-8.
Edwards said: “We believe we have selected a strong team which includes some of the best amateur players in the world.
"The players have all competed at the highest levels of the amateur game and will relish the challenge of facing the Americans on their home soil.
“There will be some who are disappointed not to make the team, but it is the job of the selectors to carefully consider the players available and select the strongest team they can.
"We are very much looking forward to what promises to be a great match next month.”
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