WALKER CUP
The R&A Names 2015 GB&I Walker Cup Team August 24, 2015 | St. Andrews, Scotland By The R&A

Paul Dunne is one of a record five players from Ireland named to the 2015 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup Team. (USGA/John Mummert)

Paul Dunne, a quarterfinalist in last week’s U.S. Amateur Championship and 54-hole co-leader in last month’s Open Championship at the Old Course at St. Andrews, is one of a record five competitors from the Republic of Ireland to be selected to the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup Team, which was announced by The R&A on Monday.

Dunne, 22, became the first amateur since Bob Jones in 1927 to own a share of the 54-hole lead in The Open Championship and lost to eventual champion Bryson DeChambeau, 3 and 2, in the U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club.

The Walker Cup Match will be contested Sept. 12-13 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England. GB&I will be looking to reclaim the Walker Cup after suffering a 17-9 defeat two years ago at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y. The USA owns a 35-8-1 lead in the biennial competition.

In addition to Dunne, a recent graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the four other Irishmen named to the team are Jack Hume, 21; Gary Hurley, 22; Gavin Moynihan, 20; and Cormac Sharvin, 22. They are joined by Englishmen Ashley Chesters, 26; Sam Horsfield, 18; and Jimmy Mullen, 21; as well as Grant Forrest and Jack McDonald, both 22-year-olds from Scotland.

The two alternates are Ewen Ferguson, 19, of Scotland, and Bradley Moore, 17, of England.

The 10-man USA Team was completed  Sunday with the announcement of the final five players.

Ashley Chesters, 26, of England, tied for 12th in last month's Open Championship at St. Andrews. (The R&A)

“We have selected a talented group of players who compete at the highest levels of amateur golf and, in some cases, have played in major championships and tour events,” said Nigel Edwards, who will captain the GB&I Team for a third consecutive Match. “The Walker Cup offers these players a tremendous opportunity to display their abilities and gain invaluable experience of playing in international team competition.

“I know there will be players who are disappointed not to have made the team, and it has been a difficult decision to make with such strength in depth in the British and Irish game at the moment, but we believe we have selected the best players for the team and are very much looking forward to the Match."

Chesters, the lone mid-amateur on the team, is the highest-ranked British player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ at No. 6. He finished tied for 12th in The Open Championship at St. Andrews and is a two-time European Amateur champion. He advanced to the Round of 16 in this year’s Amateur Championship at Carnoustie, was the runner-up in the Welsh Stroke Play Championship and tied for seventh in the Brabazon Trophy.

Forrest, a recent graduate of the University of San Diego, was runner-up to Romain Langasque, of France, in the Amateur Championship at Carnoustie, and played a key role in Scotland’s victory in the European Amateur Team Championship in Sweden last month, winning five out of a possible six points. In 2014, the former Scottish Boys and Scottish Amateur champion won the St. Andrews Links Trophy and was a member of the victorious European Palmer Cup team.

While Horsfield was born in England, his family moved to Florida when he was 5 years old. Currently No. 23 in the WAGR™, Horsfield advanced to the quarterfinals of this year’s Western Amateur and advanced to the Round of 32 in last week’s U.S. Amateur. He also qualified for the 2015 U.S. Open and was a semifinalist in the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur.

Hume has been a consistent performer this season, finishing tied for third in the Brabazon Trophy and tied for sixth in the St. Andrews Links Trophy. He also posted top-20 finishes in the European Amateur Championship in Slovakia and the Irish Amateur Open Championship, and was part of the winning Irish team in the recent Home Internationals.

Hurley was the runner-up in the recent European Amateur Championship, after finishing joint runner-up in 2014, and was also second in the 2015 Spanish International Amateur Championship. The R&A Foundation Scholar finished in the top 20 in the Lytham Trophy and was part of the Irish team that finished second in the Southern Cross Invitational. He has twice represented Europe in the Palmer Cup.

McDonald reached the semifinals of the Amateur Championship at Carnoustie and was part of the winning Scottish team in the European Amateur Team Championship. Like Forrest, he won five points out of six, and finished tied for fourth in the individual standings. The R&A Foundation Scholar also achieved top-15 finishes in the Lytham Trophy, Irish Amateur Open Championship, Scottish Stroke Play Championship and St. Andrews Links Trophy.

Moynihan is the lone holdover from the 2013 Walker Cup Match, having earned two points out of four for the GB&I Team. This year, he won the Irish Open Amateur Championship, finished runner-up in the Brabazon Trophy, third in the European Amateur Championship and was part of Ireland’s winning Home Internationals team.

Mullen is the reigning Welsh Amateur Open Stroke Play champion. He was part of the England team that finished fourth in the European Amateur Team Championship, and also represented his country in this year’s Home Internationals. He finished tied for third in the Duncan Putter and tied for 19th in the Lytham Trophy. In 2014, he reached the Round of 16 in the U.S Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Sharvin won this year’s Brabazon Trophy to capitalize on a rich vein of form that saw him finish runner-up to Moynihan in the Irish Open Amateur Championship, tied for second in the Lytham Trophy and third in the Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship. The R&A Foundation Scholar also represented Ireland in the European Amateur Team Championship.

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