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Walker Cup place for Shropshire star

SHROPSHIRE ace Ashley Chesters has been picked for the Walker Cup team.

The Hawkstone Park amateur star, who finished tied for 12th in The Open at St Andrews earlier this summer, is among the 10 man Great Britain and Ireland team which will tackle their US counterparts.

Chesters, the highest ranked British player in amateur golf, will line up at Royal Lytham and St Annes for the two day clash on September 12-13 in which the home side will try to recover the trophy they lost two years ago.

Chesters took to Twitter to declare: “Really looking forward to representing GB&I in the Walker Cup in September.”

The 26-year-old double European champion is widely expected to turn professional shortly, but was thought to be holding off as he targeted Walker Cup selection.

The USA clash will be no picnic for the home side. Great Britain and Ireland have won only nine of the contests so far and were on the wrong end of a 17-9 scoreline last time out.

The format is somewhat similar to the Ryder cup for professionals and will feature eight foursomes along with 18 singles matches.

Chesters is one of three Englishman in the team. They will play alongside five Irishmen and two Scots.