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Last Updated: Monday, 4 July, 2005, 12:18 GMT 13:18 UK
McElhinney makes Walker Cup team
North West player Brian McElhinney
North West player Brian McElhinney will play against the US
British Amateur champion Brian McElhinney is the only Irishman to make the Walker Cup team for this year's title defence against the US.

The North West player will take part in the contest at Chicago Golf Club in Illinois on 13 and 14 August.

Holywood schoolboy Rory McIlroy will be disappointed not to have made the team after a superb season.

The 16-year-old won the Irish Close and West of Ireland amateur titles before earning his first Ireland cap.

2003 Walker Cup players Gary Wolstenholme and Nigel Edwards have been selected on the GB and Ireland team.

Also in the team is 16-year-old Oliver Fisher, who will be the youngest ever player in the event, beating Justin Rose's record set in 1997.

Wolstenholme will be playing in his sixth Walker Cup.

Schoolboy Fisher, a semi-finalist in the British amateur championship a month ago and runner-up in the English stroke play championship in May, will be one month and 10 days younger than Rose.

Edwards will be making his third appearance in the competition and he is joined by fellow Welshman Rhys Davies.

Scotland are represented by Lloyd Saltman and Richie Ramsay and England by Wolstenholme, Fisher, Gary Lockerbie, Matthew Richardson and Robert Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie, who was not part of the six-man side which won the European team title on Saturday, claimed back-to-back wins in the Scottish and Welsh stroke play championships.

He recently graduated from Tennessee State University and, with six wins on the college circuit, was ranked the number one English golfer in the States.

Chairman of selectors Peter McEvoy remains confident his side can record a fourth win in a row in the competition.

"At the beginning of the season we lost a few players to the professional ranks (most notably James Heath) and I was concerned about the strength of the side," he said.

"However, many players have improved enormously and have had successful seasons as a consequence. This team, I believe, is a very, very strong one."


GB and Ireland team: Rhys Davies (Royal Porthcawl), Robert Dinwiddie (Barnard Castle), Nigel Edwards (Whitchurch), Oliver Fisher (West Essex), Gary Lockerbie (Penrith) Brian McElhinney (North West), Richie Ramsay (Royal Aberdeen), Matthew Richardson (Buckinghamshire) Lloyd Saltman (Craigielaw), Gary Wolstenholme (Kilworth Springs). Reserves: Andrew McArthur (Windyhill), Jamie Moul (Stoke-by-Nayland). Captain: Garth McGimpsey (Bangor)




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