A member of the team that took the trophy at Ganton in 2003, former Amateur Champion Stuart Wilson will lead GB&I at Seminole, Florida, in 2021

He downed Francesco Molinari on his way to winning the Amateur Championship at the Home of Golf, now Stuart Wilson has been given the task of beating the Americans in their own backyard. Wilson has been named as Great Britain & Ireland’s Walker Cup captain for the 48th matches at Seminole in May 2021.

One of Scotland’s most renowned amateurs, the 42-year-old will take charge of GB&I for the first time at the St Andrews Trophy, at Royal Porthcawl, next July.

And as he plots the downfall of the US team, he can draw on his experiences of being part of the winning Walker Cup team at Ganton 16 years ago.

After serving on the R&A Boys’ Selection Committee for the last four years, including three as chairman, as well as the R&A’s Amateur Status Committee, Wilson succeeds Craig Watson.

“I am very proud to be selected as the GB&I men’s team captain and look forward to leading a talented group of golfers at the St Andrews Trophy and the Walker Cup,” he said.

“I have fond memories of my time as a player representing GB&I in these prestigious matches and I am determined to make a valuable contribution to the team as its leader and in helping the players.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on The R&A Boys’ Selection Committee and know first-hand the level of talent which is emerging.

“It feels like a very natural progression to be taking on this role to continue to foster these gifted amateur golfers.”

Wilson’s amateur career was glittering. He won the Amateur Championship at St Andrews in 2004, beating Francesco Molinari in the quarter-finals.

He won the Silver Medal as leading amateur at the Open at Royal Troon in 2004, having also qualified three years earlier.

A former European team captain of the Junior Ryder Cup in 2012 and 2014, Wilson is a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and is the managing secretary of Forfar Golf Club.