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Moor Park golfer Callum Shinkwin upbeat about team's Walker Cup hopes
Moor Park's talented golfer Callum Shinkwin feels the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team is strong despite the relative youth of the players selected to take on the USA next month.
At just 20, English Amateur champion Shinkwin, who will make his debut in the showpiece amateur event, is already one of the more experienced of the seven English players selected to take on the United States at the National Golf Links of America on September 7 and 8.
With newly-crowned US Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, 18, and Max Orrin, 19, included in the ten-man squad, Shinkwin believes that the experience of the older players will be important.
“We have a good team and if you look at the team fielded we have a lot of experience,” he said.
“I think there a lot of people who are aged 20 or so but they have a lot of good experience already.”
Shinkwin helped England win the Men’s Home Internationals at Ganton Golf Club, beating second-placed Ireland by four-and-a-half points last week.
Despite enduring a tough time in the foursomes, Shinkwin more than played his part in the singles, scooping one-and-a-half points to help England overcome Ireland 8-7 and Wales 11-4 before the final-day victory over Scotland.
“In the foursomes it’s quite difficult, I have played better this year but when you’re only playing half the shots it’s difficult,” admitted Shinkwin. “I’ve played quite a bit with Toby Tree, but it’s still quite difficult.
“In the singles I wasn’t that bad – I got one-and-a-half points. Everyone prefers playing on their own but I still like playing foursomes.”
Shinkwin continued: “I just want to thank Eamon O’Connor, Roland D’Ouza, Tony Sephpon, Richie Dormer, my coach Mike Walker, my previous coach, Tim Dunstan and my dad, Kevin for getting me to where I am.”
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