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THREE WELSHMEN TAKE PRESTIGIOUS WALKER CUP SPOTS

6 Aug 2007

The Welsh Dragon will be making its presence felt in no uncertain terms on the fairways of the Royal County Down Golf Club next month as it was today announced that three Welshmen have been recruited to the Great Britain and Ireland team for the Walker Cup (September 8-9 2007). Golf

Nigel Edwards, Rhys Davies and the newly crowned Welsh Amateur Champion Llewellyn Matthews have secured their spots in the ten-strong team that will travel to Northern Ireland to throw down the gauntlet to the USA as the home side attempts to wrestle the silverware from American clutches and bring it back to home soil.

The 2007 tournament will be a landmark event for golf in Wales as it will be the first time that the Principality will have three representatives taking to the greens when it tees off in early September.

Chair of the Sports Council for Wales, Philip Carling sees it as an important step forward for the sport.

"This is an exceptional achievement for Nigel, Rhys and Llewellyn and for golf in Wales as a whole - and we will be following their progress this summer with great enthusiasm. Each has been supported by the Sports Council’s Élite Cymru scheme and I’m sure that each and every one of them will be great ambassadors for Welsh sport – especially as we look forward to hosting the Ryder Cup in Newport in 2010.

"Their successes to date firmly establish the fact that Wales can compete with the best in sport, both on the national and international stage."

The Walker Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially between teams comprising the leading amateur golfers of the United States and Great Britain and Ireland.

The Americans escaped from the 2005 challenge with a narrow one point victory but Edwards, Davies and Matthews – together with their GB & Irelands stablemates - will be gunning for revenge in 2007. And they have the results and experience to back up their growing reputations.