Ben Schmidt from Rotherham Golf Club has been named in the Great Britain and Ireland squad for this year’s Walker Cup against the United States of America.
At 18, Schmidt is the youngest of the ten man squad for what is often called the “pinnacle of the amateur game”.
From Tommy Fleetwood to Justin Rose, the Walker Cup has witnessed many stars of the game, and selection to play in the historic match is often regarded as the highlight of an amateur’s career.
Teams consisting of the leading amateur players from Great Britain and Ireland and the United States go head-to-head biennially for the chance to get their hands on the famous trophy.
The 48th Walker Cup is set to be played at Seminole, Florida on 8 and 9 May 2021.
GB&I is bidding to win back the famous trophy after the USA secured a 15½-10½ victory at Royal Liverpool two years ago, marking the first away win in the match since 2007 when the USA prevailed at Royal County Down.
Taking to social media, Ben said: “It’s a real honour to be selected to represent GB&I team for the 2021 Walker Cup at Seminole GC! Thanks to everyone that made it possible.”
The GB&I team comprises Barclay Brown, Alex Fitzpatrick, Angus Flanagan, Ben Jones, Matty Lamb, Joe Long, John Murphy, Mark Power, Ben Schmidt and Sandy Scott. The travelling reserves are Jack Dyer and Jake Bolton.
With Barclay Brown and Alex Fitzpatrick (both from Hallamshire) joining Rotherham’s Schmidt it means that three of the ten are from the Sheffield Union of Golf Clubs which supports over 11,400 golfers at 41 clubs based in South Yorkshire, North East Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.
Stuart Wilson, GB&I captain, said, “The Walker Cup is the pinnacle of the amateur game for these players and we are delighted that they will have the opportunity to compete against their counterparts from the USA at Seminole.
“It gives them the opportunity to display their exceptional talent and will provide a lifetime of memories.
“After a difficult year with the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all looking forward to the match this year and I know the team will be doing their very best to win back the Walker Cup.”
Next month, Ben is due to represent England at the Men’s Home Internationals, from 14-16 April at Royal Dornoch.
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