GB&I announces preliminary squad for '15 Walker Cup

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The R&A announced a preliminary list of 20 potential Great Britain & Ireland team members for the 2015 Walker Cup.

The biennial matches with the U.S. will be held Sept. 12-13 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and a final roster for the 10-member team will be announced in August. Team GB&I will look to reclaim the trophy after the Americans won, 17-9, in 2013 at National Golf Links of America.

The 20 finalists include only one player with prior Walker Cup experience: Ireland's Gavin Moynihan, who played in 2013. Other notable names include Scotland's Bradley Neil, the ninth-ranked amateur in the world who won the 2014 British Amateur, England's Sam Horsfield, a University of Florida commit who won the 2013 Florida Amateur by 11 shots, and England's Ashley Chesters, twice a winner of the European Amateur.

While the final roster will likely come from the list below, GB&I captain Nigel Edwards did note that players not on the preliminary list are able to play their way onto the team, as did Danny Willett (2007) and Steven Brown (2011).

Here's a full list of the preliminary squad:

Tomasz Anderson

David Boote

Daniel Brown

Adam Chapman

Ashley Chesters

Paul Dunne

Grant Forrest

Sam Horsfield

Paul Howard

Jack Hume

Gary Hurley

Nick Marsh

Jack McDonald

Gavin Moynihan

Jimmy Mullen

Bradley Neil

Graeme Robertson

Jamie Savage

Cormac Sharvin

Ben Stow