Garrick’s national honour

Garrick Porteous .
Garrick Porteous .

BAMBURGH Castle golfer Garrick Porteous has been selected in a preliminary 12-player Great Britain and Ireland squad for this year’s St Andrew’s Trophy Match against the Continent of Europe.

The St Andrew’s Trophy takes place in even-numbered years with Great Britain and Ireland playing the United States in the Walker Cup competition during odd-numbered years.

The match will be held at Portmarnock Golf Club, Ireland between August 31, September 1.

The squad will meet for the first time at Portmarnock from July 4-6, in a matchplay team environment consisting of two series of foursomes and singles matches. Only nine players will make the final team when it is announced later this summer.

In addition, Garrick is in the England Elite Men’s Squad for 2012 and is currently ranked 42nd in the Men’s World Amateur Golf Rankings.

He is not only England men’s number one but also the UK’s top player. He recently represented England in the Jones Cup at Sea Island, Georgia.

Garrick made his debut for England in the 2011 Home Internationals in Ireland last summer after a string of consistent performances.

He was undefeated in all his matches in the Home Internationals.

He narrowly missed out on a national title with a runner-up finish at the Tillman Trophy, and recorded top-10s in major events such as the British Amateur qualifying and the European Amateur Championship.

Garrick is in his final year at the University of Tennessee, where he is captain of the team.

He finished alone in second in his first Tennessee start of the spring season at the San Diego Intercollegiate. He shot 73-73-69-215 to finish at 1under par, one stroke behind San Diego’s Alex Ching.

It was his best collegiate finish and his fourth top-four result in the last year.