Grant Forrest wins Walker Cup team place

This event could be a swansong in the amateur ranks for Grant Forrest
This event could be a swansong in the amateur ranks for Grant Forrest
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Craigielaw’s Grant Forrest has already beaten some of America’s top amateur golfers as part of a winning European team in the Palmer Cup at Walton Heath last year.

Now the 22-year-old is aiming to repeat the feat in Great Britain & Ireland colours after being selected along with fellow Scot Jack McDonald for the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham in just over a fortnight’s time.

“That would be the icing on the cake,” admitted Forrest as he looked forward to an event that could be his swansong in the amateur ranks as he’s giving the European Tour Qualifying School a crack soon after the match in Lancashire on September 12-13.

Forrest will become the second Craigielaw player to tee up in the amateur game’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup after Lloyd Saltman, who played on the same team as Rory McIlroy at Royal County Down in 2007.

“I heard on Saturday and it was a big relief,” admitted Forrest, who cut his golfing teeth at Bathgate before moving to East Lothian with his family.

“I was hoping I’d done enough, having got to the final in the Amateur Championship earlier this year then playing well in the European Team Championship in Sweden.

“I had a two-year plan and one of the goals was to make the Walker Cup this year so it’s great to have achieved that.

“It is great for the club and hopefully I’ll be able to get a Tour bag in the clubhouse as one of Lloyd’s is there already.”

The ten-strong team includes a record five Irish players – Paul Dunne, Jack Hume Gary Hurley, Gavin Moynihan and Cormac Sharvin – while it is completed by English trio Ashley Chesters, Sam Horsfield and Jimmy Mullen.

The Irish representation is a real feather in the cap for Edinburgh man Neil Manchip as he is the GUI’s national coach.