The Walker Cup: Who will make the cut?July, 2015
Part Five: Gavin Moynihan and Sam Horsfield
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.
‘He has a string of victories to his name’ The Certainty
Gavin Moynihan (The Island, Ireland)
WAGR position: 57
Played in the 2013 Walker Cup and led the team with two points. Came second in this year’s Brabazon.
Colin says: 21 year-old Moynihan will be the only survivor from the GB & I team that lost two years ago on the other side of the Atlantic. He teamed up with Gary Hurley and Jack Hume to win this year’s Nations Cup held in conjunction with qualifying for the Spanish International Amateur Championship and then won the Irish Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Royal Dublin. He also finished second behind compatriot Cormac Sharvin at the Brabazon Trophy.
Sam Horsfield (Highland Reserve, USA)
WAGR position: 23
Born in Manchester but now lives in Davenport, Florida. A close friend of Ian Poulter. Played in US Open but missed the cut.
Colin says: The Florida-based Englishman is currently the second highest placed GB & I player on the World Ranking and recently enhanced his already high reputation by qualifying for the US Open at Chambers Bay. That meant he had to pulled out of The Amateur at Carnoustie but GB & I captain is travelling to the forthcoming US Amateur and watching Horsfield will be high on his list of priorities. He has a string of victories to his name in the States including a win in this year’s New Year’s Invitational in St Petersburg, Florida, were he chip in on the last for an eagle to defend the title. Only his lack of experience at links golf could count against him.