Davies to make second appearance as member of GB&I Walker Cup team
Friday, August 10, 2007


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 10, 2007) - Former ETSU standout Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) has been selected as a member of the 2007 Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team, which will take on the United States at Royal County Down on September 8-9.

            Davies, who was a member of the 2005 Walker Cup team, earned three straight selections to the PING First-Team All-American squad during his time at ETSU. The Welshman won three times as a senior and spent a great deal of the 2006-07 season ranked as the nation's No. 1 player. Holding an ETSU record with 10 individual titles, Davies won the 2003 British Boys Amateur Championship, was a 2007 Ben Hogan Award finalist, and earned qualification to play in the U.S. Open earlier this year at Oakmont.


Davies will be joined on the GB&I Walker Cup team by the following teammates:


Nigel Edwards, 38, will be playing in his fourth Walker Cup after being in the winning teams of 2001 (Ocean Forest) and 2003 (Ganton) and in the squad that lost at Chicago in 2005. He holds down the position of Director of Player Development and Coaching for the Golf Union of Wales while competing successfully at the highest level. Already this year he has won the Duncan Putter and finished second in the Lytham Trophy, third in the Welsh Stroke Play and fifth in the St Andrews Links Trophy. He has represented Wales from 1995 to the present day.

David Horsey, 22, this year successfully defended his West of England title at Saunton and followed that win with a fourth place in the Brabazon Trophy at Forest of Arden and a sixth place in the St Andrews Links Trophy. In the Amateur Championship at Lytham, he shot a course record 64 to lead the qualifiers on 132. Since 2006 he has been an England international.


Llewellyn Matthews, 23, is the winner of the 2007 Welsh Order of Merit, a title that has come through consistency over the season. That includes his wire-to-wire win in the St Andrews Links Trophy where he shot a 15-under-par score of 273 to win by three after a final round over the Old Course of 67. On Friday, he successfully defended his Welsh Amateur title with a 2 and 1 win in the final at Royal St. David's. Matthews qualified at Monifieth for The Open at Carnoustie.


Rory McIlroy, 18, has been pencilled in as a potential Walker Cup player for some time and his performance in The Open underlined his selection. He was exempt into the Championship through his win in the 2006 European Amateur and in 2007 won the Sherry Cup, was second in the Lytham Trophy and fourth in the Irish Stroke Play. He has a full hand of Irish Boy, Youth and Senior titles and successfully defended the latter at the European Club in 2006 following his win a year earlier at Westport.


Jamie Moul, 22, was number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for 16 weeks based on his performances over the 12-month period that started with his win in the 2006 Lytham Trophy followed by a third place in the Brabazon Trophy. That same year, he reached the semi-finals of both the British and English Amateur Championships. He has won the Brabazon Trophy this year, finished fourth in the St Andrews Links Trophy and reached the last 16 of the Amateur Championship. He has played for GB&I in both the Jacques Leglise Trophy and the St Andrews Trophy and has represented England in the Eisenhower Trophy.


John Parry, 20, came into Walker Cup reckoning with wins this year in the Spanish Amateur and the Welsh Stroke Play at Machynys. He is a former winner of the McEvoy Trophy and the Danish Amateur and was the Faldo Series Under-21 Champion in 2005.


Lloyd Saltman, 24, is currently the top GB&I player at number three in the WAGR and in 2007 has found the same form that justified his position in the 2005 Walker Cup match in Chicago. This year he dominated the early tournaments with wins in the Champion of Champions, the Craigmillar Park Open, the Lytham Trophy and the Irish Open Stroke Play.


Daniel Willett, 19, is currently a player in form, having won the English Amateur Championship at the weekend and seven days earlier had a 10-shot win in the South of England Championship at Walton Heath. He attends Jacksonville State University in Alabama.


Reserves: Gary Boyd, 20 (Cherwell Edge); Kevin McAlpine, 23 (Alyth).


Captain: Colin Dalgleish, 46 (Helensburgh).