Wright clings on to Walker Cup hope

Darren Wright
Darren Wright
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Darren Wright is hopeful his chances of Walker Cup selection have not been affected, despite missing out on England’s latest international fixture over a disciplinary issue.

The Rowlands Castle ace has been a mainstay of the England set-up in recent times.

And he is well in the hunt for selection to face USA at Royal Aberdeen in the prestigious amateur event next month, with the team set to be announced on Monday.

But both Wright and fellow Walker Cup hopeful Stiggy Hodgson were left out by the England selectors for the Home Internationals at County Sligo Golf Club in Ireland this week – which could harm their chances of selection – with no reason given by the English Golf Union.

Rumours surfaced that Wright and Hodgson were not selected after drinking while on England duty in the recent team championships in Portugal.

But Wright refutes his involvement, insisting he did not breach disciplinary rules and disagreed with the decision to exclude him from the side.

Wright said: ‘I don’t want to go into all of the details but let’s just say I wasn’t happy with the way I was treated by the EGU.

‘I don’t want to make things any worse and it’s been dealt with now so I have to move on.

‘I firmly believe I wasn’t in the wrong and I have made that point to the necessary people through the proper channels.

‘It was their decision not to select me but I didn’t agree with it.

‘If I had done something wrong or my actions had deserved me being left out, I would have held my hands up and accepted it. But it wasn’t like that at all. I felt it was unfair.’

Wright preferred not to go into the details of exactly what went on but he has been in touch with the Royal & Ancient selection committee to put his side of the story.

And he has been heartened by their reaction.

He said: ‘I’ve spoken to the Walker Cup selectors and they have told me it won’t affect the way they select the team.

‘It’s just one week that I have missed out on proving myself and I feel I have done well over the course of the season. They know what I can do.

‘They know my situation and they know I have been treated a bit unfairly. They’re not holding it against me.

‘So that’s a big relief because I would still love to be part of the Walker Cup team next month. It’s the pinnacle of the amateur game and competition is fierce.’

Corhampton’s Neil Raymond is in action for England and halved his foursomes match alongside Steven Brown in the match with Ireland.

Raymond, who has his own Walker Cup hopes, was also ahead in his singles match but will take on both Scotland and Wales with the winners to be decided tomorrow.