21 Jun 19
Cameron Clark welcomed six new members to his 2019 Great Britain & Ireland PGA Cup team following the conclusion of the Titleist & FootJoy PGA Professional Championship.
Having already acquired experienced trio Robert Coles, Matthew Cort and David Dixon from last year’s PGA Play-Offs, Clark found out who his next six team members are at Hunstanton Golf Club.
Former European Tour player Alastair Forsyth blew away the field at Hunstanton, winning The PGA’s premier tournament by 11 shots.
Forsyth will be joined on the plane to Texas by fellow scot Paul O’Hara, who finished tied fourth alongside Jason Levermore and Alex Wrigley who also qualified for the Clark’s team.
Richard Wallis played an integral role when Great Britain & Ireland won for the first time in America four years ago and he makes a welcome return to the team, with Jordan Godwin claiming the final spot at Hunstanton.
Clark said: "We’ve added six incredible players from the Titleist & FootJoy PGA Professional Championship. After last year’s championship, we always knew it was going to be a very strong team.
"The performance by Alistair Forsyth at Hunstanton was phenomenal and the last rounds by Richard Wallis in particular just shows the strength and depth that we’ve got. We couldn’t be in a better place heading to America.”
Having played in multiple Majors and tasted success twice during a 15-year stint on the European Tour, Clark knows importance of having a players of Forsyth’s experience in America.
Clark continued: “Everyone knows his pedigree. Nobody is not going to want him in their team, he’s a great person as well so he’s going to be a huge asset for us.”
Asked where playing in The PGA Cup ranks in his illustrious career, Forsyth added: “Making the PGA Cup team was a goal of mine at the start of the season. I only qualified as a PGA pro last year so this was the first time I could play in this tournament.
“I can’t wait. I’ve been fitted with the team uniform so that’s really brought it home. There’s already a real buzz about it. I’m delighted.”
Great Britain and Ireland are bidding to make history by winning three consecutive matches in the competition at Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas, from September 27-29.
Captain Clark has just one space to fill and he is expected to make an announcement regarding his captain's pick on Monday.
Robert Coles (2017 W4, L1, T0)
Maylands Golf & Country Club
David Dixon (2015, W2, L1, T2)
Enmore Park Golf Club
Matthew Cort (2017 W2, L2, T0)
Beedles Lake Golf Club
Jordan Godwin (debutant)
Barnehurst Golf Club
Jason Levermore (2015, W3, LO, T2)
Little Channels Golf Centre
Alex Wrigley (debutant)
Hartlepool Golf Club
Richard Wallis (2013, W2, L1, T1)
Canterbury Golf Club
Alastair Forsyth (debutant)
Mearns Castle Golf Academy
Paul O’Hara (debutant)
North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd