Five amateur golfers you need to watch out for in the Walker Cup


It’s just over a week until the Walker Cup, where the Great Britain and Ireland team will be looking to win back the trophy that the USA won two years ago in a 17-9 victory at New York’s National Golf Links of America .

Some of the best amateur golfers the sport has to offer will be teaming up at Royal Lytham & St Annes, a world-renowned course boasting 206 bunkers, demanding accuracy on the fairways and the greens. The tournament features 26 matches set across two days, with foursomes and singles used to determine the overall winner.

We’ve already written about NCAA champion Bryson DeChambeau, who’s been getting attention recently for the fact that all his golf clubs are the same length. But there are 19 other golfers hitting the course – all of them young stars in their own right.

Here are five brilliant amateur golfers who’ll be competing in the Walker Cup, and who you should keep your eyes peeled for in other championships in the months ahead.


1. David Boote


David Boote


David Boote is the only Welsh player in the GB&I squad, and he’s in good form. He’s the reigning Welsh Amateur Champion, and placed in the top ten in last year’s European Amateur Championship.

He’s also the first European student in over ten years to be awarded a highly sought scholarship to the prestigious Stanford University, the former college of Tiger Woods.


2. Ashley Chesters


Ashley Chesters


A two-time winner of the European Amateur Golf Championship, Ashley Chesters made the first ever successful defence of the title at the Duke’s Course in St Andrews.

Coached by former European Tour professional Michael Welch, he’s likely to turn pro after the tournament, and will certainly be one to watch in the upcoming championships he takes part in.


3. Denny McCarthy


Denny McCarthy


Denny McCarthy already has a stellar history. He honed is craft at the University of Virginia, where he was a two-time All-American. As a 17-year-old, he won the Maryland Open in 2010, making him the youngest player ever to win it.

Since then he’s finished sixth in the 2014 NCAA Championship, as well as reaching the semi-finals in the US Amateur Championship.



4. Robby Shelton


Robby Shelton


When Robby Shelton arrived at the University of Alabama, he was already the best junior golfer in the country. It was only a matter of time before that translated into collegiate golfing prowess.

He owns two out of the three lowest stroke averages in Alabama’s university history, and has enjoyed back-to-back years ranked in Golfweek’s top ten players in the nation – good enough to place in the semi-finals of the Ben Hogan Award in both years.


5. Cormac Sharvin


Cormac Sharvin


As a student at Stirling University, Ardglass golfer Cormac Sharvin is one of the record-breaking five Irish players in the Walker Cup this year, and it’s easy to see why.

He won the Irish Amateur Close title in 2013, and since then has only got better. He had a great year on the amateur scene – finishing as a runner up in the Irish Amateur Championship and winning the Brabazon Trophy.

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