Edwards to captain GB&I squad in 2011
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Nigel Edwards will captain the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team at Royal Aberdeen, Scotland in 2011.
The 41-year-old was tipped by Golfweek to take over from Colin Dalgleish to try to wrestle the cup back after two successive defeats. The GB&I Walker Cup selectors agreed, and announced Edwards as the man to lead GB&I in two years time.
Edwards played in four successive Walker Cup matches from 2001-07, winning two and losing two. In that time he posted a record of four wins, five losses and three halves.
The Welshman was leading points earner when GB&I won at Ganton Golf Club in 2003. He ensured GB&I won the cup outright when he halved his singles match with Lee Williams in the final singles sessions, as GB&I won the match 12 1/2-11 1/2.
Director of Player Development and Coaching at the Golf Union of Wales, Edwards was widely tipped to play at Merion this year. However, the GB&I selectors went for youth over experience and suffered a third straight loss.
“The goal is to win back the Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen and I will lead the team with great pride and enthusiasm,” Edwards said. “I will put all of my Walker Cup experience to good use in ensuring that the team selected prepares well and performs to the very best of its ability.
“The Walker Cup is a great sporting spectacle that conjures up moments and experiences that will live with players for their entire careers, and I am really excited about continuing my involvement with the match.”
Edwards has an advantage over recent GB&I captains since he is still active on the amateur scene. He is ranked 103rd on the R&A’s world amateur ranking, and will more than likely play in the big events on the British amateur scene in the buildup to the match.
“Nigel is absolutely the right person to regain the Walker Cup in 2011,” said Tony Disley, Chairman of Selectors for the GB&I team. “Not only will his extensive recent experience and outstanding record in team golf ensure the respect and admiration of his players, but his enthusiasm and determination to succeed will prove an invaluable asset at Royal Aberdeen.”