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Great Britain & Ireland’s preparations for next month’s Walker Cup have been dealt a blow with the injury-enforced withdrawal of Scotland’s Sandy Scott.

The Nairn golfer has been ruled out of the match with a wrist problem.

First reserve Jack Dyer has taken his place in the side to play the United States of America at Seminole Golf Club from May 8-9.

News of Scott’s withdrawal will be a significant setback to captain Stuart Wilson’s plans to stop the USA from winning the famous battle for the third time on the spin.

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Not only does Scott have previous experience of the match – winning two-and-a-half points from four matches in the defeat at Royal Liverpool two years ago – he is also the highest placed GB&I player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking in seventh spot.

Jake Bolton moves to first reserve with US based Englishman Joe Pagdin added as second reserve. Representing Florida State University, Pagdin has achieved top 10 finishes in the Florida Gators Invitational this season and in 2020, the AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods and Western Amateur Championship.

He has also represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy and England in the R&A Boys’ Home Internationals and the European Boys Amateur Team Championship.

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The GB&I team

Barclay Brown (20, Hallamshire, England)

Jack Dyer (23, Boyce Hill, England)

Alex Fitzpatrick (22, Hallamshire, England)

Angus Flanagan (21, St George’s Hill, England)

Ben Jones (21, Northamptonshire County, England)

Matty Lamb (23, Hexham, England)

Joe Long (23, Lansdown, England)

John Murphy (22, Kinsale, Ireland)

Mark Power (20, Kilkenny, Ireland)

Ben Schmidt (18, Rotherham, England)


1.    Jake Bolton (22, Ogbourne Downs, England)

2.    Joe Pagdin (19, Lake Nona, USA)

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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