JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 12, 2006) - According to Golfweek.com, ETSU golfers Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) and Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland) have been named to the 2007 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup squad from which the final Walker Cup team will be selected in August. The Walker Cup team will take on the United States at Royal County Down Golf Club in Northern Ireland Sept. 8-9.
For Davies, a two-time first-team All-American, it will be his second time competing for a spot on the final Walker Cup team, joining four other players who were part of the 2005 team that lost to the U.S. at the Chicago Golf Club. Davies, who has ranked in the Top 5 among the nation's best collegiate players over the last three years, has a wealth of experience on the international stage, competing in the Palmer Cup as well as World Team Amateur Championship in just the last year.
Meanwhile, Shaw - who also played in the World Team Amateur Championship this past fall - will be making his first appearance on the Walker Cup squad. Shaw is currently second to Davies on the ETSU squad in stroke average.
Davies and Nigel Edwards are the two Welshmen from the 2005 team named to the current squad, along with Scottish players Lloyd Saltman and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Richie Ramsay.
A good crop of up-and-coming youngsters complement the experienced players, along with a few names only familiar to GB&I officials.
English Elite squad member Stephen Lewton, a two-time winner in his final year at NC State last season, joins Wolstenholme on the squad. The other English players, also elite squad members, are Gary Boyd, recent winner of the inaugural Asia Pacific Open Amateur Championship, 2005 Lytham Trophy winner Jamie Moul, Ben Parker, Paul Waring and David Horsey.
Along with Shaw, fellow Irish internationals Simon Ward,
Pushing Ramsay and Saltman hard for places in the Scottish contingent are Glenn Campbell, Kevin McAlpine, Keir McNicoll, Paul O'Hara and two-time Scottish Boys champion Scott Henry. Dalgleish will get his first serious look at the squad when he leads them to Royal County Down for a training session from April 17-19.