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New sponsorship deal for Walker Cup

Britain and Ireland's Walker Cup team have agreed a new sponsorship deal worth up to £7m.

Captain Peter McEvoy believes the cash will help his young amateurs continue to dominate their American counterparts.

There will be an immediate £600,000 injection which could increase to £3m in the short-term and £7m ultimately.

The money is being put up by the English Golf Union and some of its commercial partners as part of a package called 'Golf England'.

Britain and Ireland's current team have changed the face of international amateur golf.

In 2003 they could make it a hat-trick of victories over America after beating them at home in 1999 and this year in Georgia.

That second triumph made Englishman McEvoy the most successful Britain and Ireland captain and the first to retain the Walker Cup.

"It was a marvellous feeling a little while ago when I heard that the USGA were to conduct an enquiry into what has gone wrong with American amateur golf," McEvoy said.

"I've instilled into the lads that it's the opposition that have something to fear. It's the view the England World Cup soccer team should be taking."

McEvoy's most ambitious course design, Desert Springs, will be the winter training headquarters for England's amateurs.

The course was hewn out of scrub and desert near Almeria in Spain.

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