Peter McEvoy, a former Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup captain, says current captain Garth McGimpsey will continue despite the fact he is under investigation after £100,000 (approximately $180,000) worth of cocaine allegedly was delivered to his home in Bangor, Northern Ireland.
McGimpsey, who captained GB&I to victory at Ganton last year and who played in three matches (1985, ’89, ’91), was arrested May 13 at his home and released on bail pending a police investigation.
McGimpsey, 48, says he has done nothing wrong.
“I can’t say too much because of legal advice,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “The only thing I can tell you is that I am totally innocent and will be doing everything I can to clear my name.”
McEvoy is the R&A’s chairman of selectors for the GB&I Walker Cup team, and as such would be involved in any decision affecting McGimpsey’s position. The pair played in the 1985 and 1989 matches together, and made history in the latter match by becoming the first GB&I team to win on American soil.
“Garth is a good friend of mine and the best way for me to be as supportive of him that I can be is for me just to say nothing,” McEvoy said. “I have not spoken to him for about 10 days since I feel it is best just to leave him alone at this time.”
The pair are set to take a squad to Chicago this August in preparation for next year’s match at Chicago Golf Club, and McEvoy expects McGimpsey to lead the team there.
“There is no reason he will not be taking the team to Chicago,” McEvoy said. “Garth has not been charged with anything so there is no reason for him to do anything right now. He is innocent until proven guilty.”