Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Edwards to retain captain's role

Nigel Edwards

Nigel Edwards has been handed a third match in charge of the Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team following last month's unexpected victory over the Americans at Royal Aberdeen.

The Welshman, who earlier this week was named as England's new director of coaching, will be the non-playing captain again for both next year's St Andrews Trophy match against the Continent of Europe at Pormarnock near Dublin as well as the 2013 Walker Cup contest at the National Golf Links of America on New York's Long Island.

Edwards, who played in four successive Walker Cups between 2001 and 2007, said: "Captaining the winning side in the 43rd Walker Cup was truly fantastic and to be given the chance to be part of this special event again is a great honour."

He added: "I am looking forward to being involved with the selection and preparation for 2013. The experience shared by this year's team will stay with all of those involved for the rest of their lives.

"I will use my own experience as a player and captain to ensure that the next team is fully prepared to play to the best of their ability and make the most of their own Walker Cup experience."

The Royal and Ancient Club's chief executive Peter Dawson said: "Nigel proved himself to be as good a captain as he was a player and has already secured his place in Walker Cup history.

"His experience, not only of team golf but of the wider amateur game, will be a tremendous asset as he prepares teams."

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