Grant Forrest and James Ross in Palmer Cup team

Grant Forrest will compete in the Palmer Cup match at Walton Heath. Picture: Jane Barlow
Grant Forrest will compete in the Palmer Cup match at Walton Heath. Picture: Jane Barlow
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LOTHIANS duo Grant Forrest and James Ross have teed up an exciting double – starting with an appearance for Europe in college golf’s version of the Ryder Cup.

They’ve both been picked for the Palmer Cup, an event named after Arnold Palmer that features the top college players on both sides of the Atlantic.

It’s being held this year at Walton Heath, a former Ryder Cup venue, where Forrest (Craigielaw) and Ross (Royal Burgess) will have East Lothian-based Andrew Coltart as their captain on June 26-28.

Forrest, Scotland’s top-ranked amateur, is at San Diego and received one of two “selection commitee” picks in the ten-strong side.

It followed the 20-year-old catching their eye with three victories on the US circuit this season, the most recent of which came at Chambers Bay, venue for next year’s US Open.

Ross, in his final year at Houston and who recently helped Europe win the Bonallack Trophy in India, was among six players to secure spots through the Palmer Cup rankings.

Coltart, who is based at Archerfield Links, will also have Barassie’s Jack McDonald, the reigning South East District Open champion, among his charges in Surrey.

“I am looking forward to the match at the fantastic Walton Heath Golf Club,” said the captain. “A Ryder Cup venue, European Tour venue and US Open Qualifier as well as host for many high-profile amateur events, it will provide a perfect examinations for these exceptional young golfers.”

Forrest and Ross are also in the frame for another team event – the St Andrews Trophy – later in the year after being named in the GB&I squad for that match against the Continent of Europe in Sweden.