Garrick chosen for Walker Cup match

A MORPETH golfer has been rewarded for his excellent season with a spot in the Great Britain and Ireland team for the Walker Cup.

Garrick Porteous is part of the 10-man squad that will compete in the biennial elite amateur team competition against the USA in Southampton, New York.

The GB&I team will be bidding to defend the trophy they won in dramatic fashion two years ago in Scotland.

Porteous has been playing in the USA since taking part in The Open at Muirfield last month. Although he missed the cut, the Bamburgh Castle member finished ahead of some big-name players and said afterwards that he believes it was an invaluable experience.

He qualified for the major event through his victory in the English Amateur Championships, where he dealt with the very blustery conditions extremely well.

Porteous beat Finland’s Toni Hakula 6 and 5 in the final. The success means he will also play in next year’s US Open and Masters.

There has been further success this year. He won the Scottish Strokeplay Championships on the Solway Firth with a one-over-par 277, four clear of the field.

The 23-year-old was part of the England team that won the European Teams Championships in Denmark.

They were among the top eight after two rounds of strokeplay and the six-man team then won the trophy by coming out on top in three knock-out games, with Porteous victorious in all of his foursomes and singles matches.

He partly credits his excellent form in 2013 to switching to a new coach and physio during the winter.

The Walker Cup will be played over two days (September 7 and 8) and there will be 18 singles matches and eight foursomes matches.