Banchory’s Byrne helps GB&I to Walker Cup win

11.09.2011 The Walker Cup Golf Match Balgownie Course at Royal Aberdeen.the victorious gb and ireland team with trophy
11.09.2011 The Walker Cup Golf Match Balgownie Course at Royal Aberdeen.the victorious gb and ireland team with trophy

Banchory’s James Byrne praised local support for helping him play his part in a home win for Great Britain and Ireland.

The 22-year-old, who finished with two wins and one defeat from his three matches across the weekend, admitted the moment the side were confirmed as champions will be one he will never forget.

He said: “I’ve been dreaming about this moment for years. To win the Walker Cup in front of my friends and family was fantastic and I cannot believe the support we received throughout the weekend.

“It really drove us forward and for me, having guys from Banchory and Inchmarlo cheering me on really motivated me to ensure we delivered the goods. The putt to win my singles match was a particular highlight.”

Nigel Edwards’s side sealed a 14-12 win against the United States at Royal Aberdeen.

The Americans, victorious in the previous three meetings, arrived in the North-east as favourites to retain the famous trophy.

But they were blown away by the home golfers, who dominated the foursomes to put themselves in a winning position going into the afternoon singles on Sunday.

Byrne is now set to to turn professional after signing on with management company IMG and he is now aiming to earn his card for either the European Tour or the Challenge Tour.

He said: “I decided last week it was time to move on. I’ve had some good performances at the Johnnie Walker championship at Gleneagles and I felt the Walker Cup was a good stepping stone for me in preparation for the professional ranks.”

The Banchory golfer will be in good company at IMG who represent some of the world’s top golfers including Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh and Colin Montgomerie.

Byrne said: “I will be meeting them this week. They are going to try their best to get me some invitations before qualifying school to give me some experience.”