Ewen hoping he can make the cut for trophy match

Ewan Scott.
Ewan Scott.
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Ewan Scott is amongst a 21 man squad selected ahead of the St Andrews Trophy match at Barsebäck Golf and Country Club, Sweden in August.

The St Andrews Trophy is a biennial men’s golf match played between Great Britain and Ireland and the Continent of Europe.

The final nine-man GB and Ireland team that will take part in the amateur event will be named shortly before the tournament in mid-August.

The trophy has been played alternately on British/Irish and mainland European courses since 1956 with Great Britain and Ireland having won on 24 previous occasions and the Continent of Europe winning five times, including the recent 2010 and 2012 matches.

The squad boasts four players with valuable Walker Cup experience including Matthew Fitzpatrick, who recently made his Masters Tournament debut, and Rhys Pugh who played on the GB&I side in both 2011 at Royal Aberdeen and in 2013 at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York.

Greg Eason, who is currently ranked third in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, and reigning European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters bring depth to the squad, along with talented young players Sam Horsfield and 2013 Scottish Boys champion Bradley Neil.

Nigel Edwards will captain the team for the third time as GB&I look to reclaim the trophy after the Continent of Europe’s narrow 12½ – 11½ victory at Portmarnock in 2012.

St Andrews golfer Scott topped the Scottish Hydro Boys’ Order of Merit in 2012 after winning the Scottish Youths Championship in 2012 and he reached the semi-finals of the South African Amateur Championship in 2013.

We have announced a strong squad for this year’s match,” said Edwards, a playing member of the victorious St Andrews Trophy teams in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

“The final selection of the team for the St Andrews Trophy match will be dependent on performances and, therefore, players who are not named in this squad have every chance of playing their way on to the team.

“I am confident that the team we select will mount a real challenge for the trophy in Sweden.”

In 1955 The R&A suggested to the European Golf Association that there should be an international match between Great Britain & Ireland and the Continent of Europe.

The series has continued on a biennial basis in non-Walker Cup years.