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GBI Walker Cup team has two Irishmen

St Andrews, Scotland, 21st July - The Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup will have two Irishmen when the matches tee off 9th-10th August at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y.

Richard Coughlan of Birr and Keith Nolan of Bray will be making their debut. Both have been attending American Universities over the past four years and are part of the 10-man team.

The other members include the reigning British Amateur Champion Craig Watson(31), Justin Rose (16), Michael Brooks (25), Barclay Howard (44), David Park (23), Graham Rankin (31), Gary Wolstenhome (36), and Steven Young (20). Named as alternatives are Robert Wiggins (24), and Jody Fanagan (32). Clive Brown in the captain of the team.

Barclay Howard has just competed in the Open Championship and won the Amateur Medal with rounds of 70,74,76 and 73.

Howard, Rankin and Wolstenholme were members of the 1995 Great Britain and Ireland team that defeated the US 14-10 at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club in Wales.

The US Golf Association named eight of their players of the 10 who will represent America this year. They were Jerry Courville, John Harris, Duke Delcher, Steve Scott, Chris Wollman, Joel Kribel, Brad Elder and Randy Leen. the final selections and the altrenatives are expected to be announced shortly.

The Walker Cup Match is held every two years, alternately in the US and Great Britain/Ireland. First held in 1922, the US leads the series 30-4-1, although the teams have split the last four meetings.