Raymond selected for Walker Cup

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Neil Raymond has been selected for the Walker Cup.

A string of superb recent displays meant it was no big secret he would be in the squad.

But the news the 27-year-old Corhampton talent was waiting for has been confirmed.

He was one of seven England players named yesterday in the Great Britain and Ireland team to face the USA, at The National Links of America Golf Club, in Southampton, New York, on September 7 and 8.

Raymond reached the quarter-finals of the US Amateur Championship last week at Brookline – host of the controversial 1999 Ryder Cup – in Boston, only losing to Canada’s Corey Conners, on Friday.

The Hampshire ace was bidding to become the first-Englishman to win the Havemeyer Trophy in 102 years.

Raymond has already won the St Andrews Links Trophy this year – one of the top strokeplay events over the famous Old Course in Scotland – and reached the finals of the Spanish Amateur, in March.

Last year, he became the first player to win the Brabazon Trophy and the English Amateur Strokeplay title back to back in more than 50 years, and reached the Australian Amateur final.

After Justin Rose (1997) and Sam Hutsby (2009) Raymond will become just the third player from the Hampshire mainland to play in the amateur equivalent of the Ryder Cup.

The Walker Cup is a biennial 10-man amateur team competition between a team of players from Great Britain and Ireland and the USA.

It is played over two days with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes matches.

GB & Ireland won in 2011 at Royal Aberdeen.

GB & IRE squad: Neil Raymond (Hampshire), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Sheffield), Garrick Porteous (Northumberland), Nathan Kimsey (Lincolnshire) Max Orrin (Kent), Callum Shinkwin (Hertfordshire) Jordan Smith (Wiltshire), Gavin Moynihan, Kevin Phelan (Ireland), Rhys Pugh (Wales).