2005 Great Britain And Ireland Walker Cup Team Profiles


Rhys Davies, 20, Glamorgan, Wales - Davies has spent the last three years in America where he finished ranked No 3 in the 2005 Golfweek Sagarin College rankings. To date his major win on the Welsh side of the Atlantic has been the 2003 British Boys Championship at Hoylake, which followed his place in the final the previous year at Carnoustie. He was captain of the 2002 Jacques Leglise Team in Lausanne. His home golf club is Royal Porthcawl.

Robert Dinwiddie, 22, Barnard Castle, England - Dinwiddie came into Walker Cup reckoning with back-to-back wins in the Scottish and Welsh Stroke Play Championships. Dinwiddie recently graduated from Tennessee State University and with six wins on the 2004 college circuit and was ranked the No 1 English golfer in the U.S. His home golf club is Barnard Castle.

Nigel Edwards, 37, Caerphilly, Wales - The golf coordinator for the Welsh Golfing Union, Edwards played in his first Walker Cup Match at Ocean Forest in 2001 and followed that with a successful series at Ganton in 2003. It was Edwards' halved match with Lee Williams that secured the retention of the Cup and shortly after, Stuart Manley's win gave GB&I a winning margin of 12½ - 11½. Throughout the current season, Edwards has had many top-ten finishes. His home golf club is Whitchurch.

Oliver Fisher, 16, Chigwell, England - Fisher enters the record books as the youngest player for either side. When the 2005 Match is played, he will be 16 years 11 months 0 days old, one month and ten days younger than Justin Rose when he played at Quaker Ridge in 1997. Fisher is a product of English Golf Union coaching and has also been a member of the Nick Faldo Junior Series. In 2004 he won the under-21 section at Burhill by four shots with a score of 133 and the English Boys under-16 title at Didsbury. This year he was runner-up in the Brabazon Trophy but saved his best performance for the Amateur Championship where he reached the semifinals only to lose the eventual winner Brian McElhinney. His home golf club is West Essex.

Gary Lockerbie, 22, Penrith, England - Lockerbie currently leads the English Order of Merit as result of outstanding performances in major stroke play tournaments. He won the Lytham Trophy, was joint third in the St Andrews Links Trophy and partnered with professional Paul Jenkinson to win the Sunningdale Foursomes. He earned his first full English cap in 2003 following his win in the English Amateur at Alwoodley. His home golf club is Penrith.

Brian McElhinney, 22, Donegal, Ireland - McElhinney won the European Championship at Nairn in 2003 and added to that with his victory in the Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale. At the end of a tough week, he had a comfortable win in the final over John Gallagher of Scotland. He also was the 2004 Irish Amateur Close champion at Donegal. His home golf club is North West.

Richie Ramsay, 22, Aberdeen, Scotland - Ramsay has been a consistent top finisher in major events over the past two years. He followed his three wins in 2004 that included the Scottish Stroke Play title with a third place in the same event over his home course this year and a win in the Irish Open Amateur. His home golf club is Royal Aberdeen.

Matthew Richardson, 20, Ickenham, England - Richardson, from Middlesex, is a former English Boy cap who made his full English debut against Spain in 2003. Last year was his most successful to date with victories in the Brabazon Trophy and the European Amateur in Sweden. He has already represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy team that defeated the Continent of Europe last year at Nairn. His home golf club is Buckinghamshire.

Lloyd Saltman, 19, Gorebridge, Scotland - In 2005, Saltman was the most consistent player in the British Isles. The 19 year-old was the low amateur at the 2005 British Open (finished -5), he won the Brabazon Trophy and followed that by winning the St Andrews Links Trophy the following week. It was no surprise therefore that he reached the semifinals of the Amateur at Birkdale. Selection for the Walker Cup gives him the opportunity of reacquainting himself with Chicago Golf Club, which, as he states, is best course he has played. His home golf club is Craigielaw.

Gary Wolstenholme, 44, Market Harborough, England - Wolstenholmd will be playing in his sixth Walker Cup Match. He holds the unique record of having played in four Cup winning teams (1995, 1999, 2001 and 2003). Only Sir Michael Bonallack and the late Joe Carr have played in more matches although Wolstenholme's record of 17 matches played, nine won and eight lost, stands comparison with the best. He is England's most capped player and this year has won the New South Wales Medal and the Sherry Cup. His home golf club is Kilworth Springs.
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