Nigel Edwards named 2013 Walker Cup skipper

Victorious GB&I captain from Royal Aberdeen reappointed as captain for 2013 Walker Cup as well as the St Andrews Trophy in Ireland next year

Nigel Edwards

The R&A has confirmed Nigel Edwards has been reappointed the GB&I Walker Cup captain for the 2013 match after leading the team to victory at Royal Aberdeen in September.

In addition to this, Edwards will also captain a GB&I team for the 2012 St Andrews Trophy match against continental Europe, which will be played at Portmarnock in Ireland.

Edwards played in four successive Walker Cups between 2001 and 2007, twice on the winning side, before completing his hat-trick when captaining GB&I to a 14-12 victory over the US.

Having started the contest as underdogs, brilliant performances from the likes of Rhys Pugh and Tom Lewis saw GB&I claim the trophy for the first time since 2003.

Edwards 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.

"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 am also excited about the challenge of getting the St Andrews Trophy back into GB&I hands in front of what I'm sure will be an enthusiastic Irish support."

Chief executive of the R&A, 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 for both next year's St Andrews Trophy match at Portmarnock and the 2013 Walker Cup."

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