DURING a get-together this week at Celtic Manor, Nigel Edwards only needed to take the members of the Great Britain & Ireland squad into his office at the Golf Union of Wales to show them how passionate he is about amateur golf and, in particular, the Walker Cup.
SCOTTISH pair Wallace Booth and Gavin Dear have been confirmed in Great Britain and Ireland's Walker Cup team to face the USA in Pennsylvania later this month.
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JAMES Byrne heads into this week's Allied Surveyors Scottish Amateur championship at Royal Troon feeling confident that he can still force his way into the GB&I Walker Cup team.
LOTHIANS ace Lloyd Saltman was last night handed the honour of leading Great Britian and Ireland's assault on the Walker Cup - then got a further boost when he learned his big brother Elliot had landed his first title in the professional ranks.
THERE have been moments on the golf course when time seemed to stand still for Lloyd Saltman. Moments when the level of concentration was so intense, it felt as if he was making something happen, but could not quite grasp the process. "I do feel that when push comes to shove, I can maybe pull something out of the fire," said the young Scot. "But I don't know why or how."
GREAT BRITAIN and Ireland skipper Colin Dalgleish today hailed Lothians ace Lloyd Saltman's decision to remain in golf's amateur ranks for one last crack at Walker Cup glory against the US at Royal County Down.
TONIGHT a select dinner party will take place in the clubhouse of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club. At the head of the table will be Colin Dalgleish, captain of the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup side, and around him will be seated the 10 men that the 46-year-old former Scottish Amateur champion hopes will wrest the trophy back from the Americans next weekend.
LOTHIANS ace Lloyd Saltman was last night named as the only Scot in the GB and Ireland team for next month's Walker Cup - the lowest tartan tally in the ten-man line-up for almost 20 years.
SCOTLAND will contribute just one player, Lloyd Saltman, to the ten-man Great Britain and Ireland side, led by Helensburgh's Colin Dalgleish, which face the USA in the Walker Cup at Royal County Down from 8-9 September.
GARY Wolstenholme has paid the ultimate tribute to rising Scot Lloyd Saltman and insisted that the Craigielaw teenager has the potential to carve out a hugely successful career in professional golf.
For Tiger Woods, the rollercoaster just never stops rolling. He has had one of the most bizarre weeks of his professional career, where drama followed him around the lush plains of Baltusrol as surely as his bagman, Steve Williams.
ENGLISH veteran Gary Wolstenholme will have to wait until the afternoon singles of the Walker Cup to see if he can become Great Britain & Ireland's leading points scorer in the event.
For Tiger Woods, the rollercoaster just doesn't stop rolling.
HISTORY, in the shape of major championship immortality, beckoned Thomas Bjorn at Baltusrol yesterday. The low round in any of the four Grand Slam events, which has stood at 63 since Johnny Miller first set the mark in the final round of the 1973 US Open Championship at Oakmont, is one of golf's most revered figures. Many have equalled Miller's feat - including Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf in the opening round of the 1980 US Open here at Baltusrol - but no-one has yet managed that elusive 62.
THINGS may have changed in the three decades or so since the fearsome Miss Donaldson despaired of my mathematical ineptitude, but more than 50% scored in any examination meant a pass mark when I was at school.
EVEN at the still relatively tender age of 25, Sergio Garcia can surely hear his biological clock ticking when it comes to the major championships he has yet to win. Number six in the world the Spaniard may be - highest ranked of any European - but his record in the four events that really matter is increasingly a matter of obvious frustration to both himself and his supporters.
LLOYD Saltman and Richie Ramsay combined to good effect at Chicago Golf Club yesterday to keep Great Britain & Ireland's amateur golfers in the early running after the opening foursomes of the 40th Walker Cup clash with the United States.
THE Scottish duo of Lloyd Saltman and Richie Ramsay are part of one of the strongest Great Britain&Ireland Walker Cup teams ever, according to past captain Peter McEvoy.
ANDREW McArthur, the Windyhill golfer who was named as a reserve for the Great Britain and Ireland side which will defend the Walker Cup against the USA at Chicago golf club next month, admitted yesterday Scotland's disappointing performance in the European Team Championship last week probably cost him his place.
A RECORD number of Scots golfers could figure in the Great Britain and Ireland side to face the USA at the next Walker Cup match in Chicago in August after an unprecedented run of amateur success over the past year in national championships around the world.