walker joy for irish duo
Published 18/08/2011 | 05:00
THE last great amateur ambition of fledgling Irish stars Paul Cutler and Alan Dunbar has come to pass with their selection on the Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team to play the USA at Royal Aberdeen on September 10-11, WRITES LIAM KELLY.
Cutler (22) from Portstewart, and Dunbar (21) of Graeme McDowell's club Rathmore, will focus on the challenge of beating the USA before they assess their professional prospects.
By winning the West of Ireland and Irish Close titles this year, and also finishing 21st in the Irish Open at Killarney, Cutler put the seal on the selection process which started well for him when he took the Lytham Trophy last year.
Dunbar's success in an international field at the 2010 Irish Amateur Open, and his North of Ireland championship victory last year, showed his ability to perform on the big stage. Second place in the Brabazon Trophy and the West of Ireland, plus top-10s in the Irish Amateur Open and East of Ireland, kept him in the frame.
England's Tom Lewis is also on the team -- the 20-year-old caused a sensation when he was joint leader after Round 1 of the British Open at Royal St George's last month.
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