The Walker Cup: Who will make the cut?July 30, 2015 News & Tour
Part Three: Ashley Chesters and Jimmy Mullen
GB&I team captain Nigel Edwards and the R&A’s team of selectors are preparing to choose the 10 young amateurs tasked with regaining the Walker Cup from September 12-13.
The team to play at Royal Lytham & St Annes will not be selected until after the English, Scottish and Welsh Amateur Championships, the Home Internationals and the US Amateur – which finishes on August 23.
We’ve chosen five who are certain to go, and five who lead the race to claim the other available spots.
Regular NCG contributor Colin Callandar will also have his say on why these players are the ones to regain the Walker Cup.
‘Chesters is the leading GB&I player on the amateur world ranking’ The Certainty
Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Parke, England)
WAGR position: 5
Became the first player to successfully defend the European championship. Finished T12 at the Open.
Colin says: Chesters is the leading GB & I player on the official World Ranking. He has won the last two European Amateur Championships and, while he struggled at the start of the season, a 100% record during the match play stages of the recent European Men’s Team Championship plus a solid performance at The Open are likely to have ended any lingering doubts that he might be in the side.
Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon, England)
WAGR position: 87
Won the Welsh open stroke play championship at Ashburnham. Winner of the Duncan Putter 2014. Made the cut at the Open in 2013.
Colin says: Mullen is a man who likes the big occasion as he showed when he made the cut at the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield. He won this year’s Welsh Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Ashburnham but what may have swung things in his favour is a fine showing in the European Team Championship in Sweden where he won all three of his foursomes in partnership with Ashley Chesters and also recorded singles victories over Paul Dunne and Oskar Bergqvist. Only a narrow defeat against Grant Forrest stopped him from emerging with a 100 percent record.
Click here to discover our fourth pair of Walker Cup hopefuls.