Royal Aberdeen Golf ClubJournalists, sports agencies and sponsors all headed to the magnificent links of Royal Aberdeen this week to watch and wonder at the marvels of amateur golfing talent on offer from Great Britain and Ireland and the United States of America.

With the likes of Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods all players who have tested themselves in one of golf’s greatest proving grounds, it is no surprise that this tournament is regarded as one of the most important in golf. Although the game of golf has changed significantly since its inception in 1922, the Walker Cup remains the pinnacle of amateur golf. For some the Walker Cup will be their last foray in amateur golf, the experience and occasion which it provides is something which has proved again and again a great stepping stone into the professional ranks.

Despite GB&I’s superb victory, thanks to what turned out to be the winning half from Steven Brown of Wentworth, it remains to be seen which Walker Cup team members of will make their mark in the professional spheres. The likes of GB&I’s Tom Lewis, Stiggy Hodgson and Rhys Pugh are seen as golfing prodigies and surely it will only be a matter of time before we see these names featuring on the European Tour, while the USA team featured some of the most talented golfers in recent years with the likes of Patrick Cantlay and Peter Uihlein already making their mark in professional events, it will be interesting to see which team’s individuals has the greatest impact on the paid ranks. From a GB&I perspective we will hope that looking into our crystal ball following yesterday’s victory at Royal Aberdeen that we have witnessed some future major champions.

For more information on Amateur golf we recommend the following websites;

The Royal and Ancient – www.randa.org
English Golf Union – www.englishgolfunion.org
Scottish Golf Union – www.scottishgolf.org
Wales Golf Union – www.golfunionwales.org
Irish Golf Union – www.gui.ie