Byrne selected for Walker Cup

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Banchory golfer James Byrne has been selected to compete in the Walker Cup which takes place at Royal Aberdeen next month.

Byrne, a member at Banchory Golf Club, is set for a memorable few weeks after being named in the 10-man Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team to face the United States at Balgownie on September 10 and 11.

Byrne’s inclusion came just hours after he received his invitation to compete in a European Tour event.

Byrne will prepare for the Walker Cup by competing in the Johnnie Walker championship at Gleneagles this week.

Byrne said: “To get invited to the Johnnie Walker is fantastic and then to get confirmation of the Walker Cup was just brilliant.

“These will be the two biggest events in my career so far, and I am determined to enjoy them.

“I played with the professionals in the Scottish Challenge at Cardrona in 2008 but this is another level.

“Gleneagles will be the best possible preparation for Royal Aberdeeen.

“It is going to be an amazing end to my career as an amateur.”

The former Arizona State player is hitting form at the precisely the right time after impressing in the European team championships, the Scottish amateur and the home internationals.

“My game is in great shape,” Byrne said. “I was struggling going into the summer but a lot of that was down to me finishing my studies in the United States. I am now fully focused on my golf and cannot wait for the next few weeks.”

Troon’s Michael Stewart is the only other Scot in the team after Hazlehead’s David Law was surprisingly left out but captain Nigel Edwards is expecting big things from the home pair.

He said: “They are both very good, experienced players and I am sure they will be valuable team players.

“James is a local lad and played Royal Aberdeen a lot when he was younger.

“It could be an advantage for him but every player in the team has ability and will be able to adapt to wherever they play.”