Chris Paisley has become the first Northumberland golfer to be selected for Great Britain & Ireland's Walker Cup squad since Prudhoe's David Curry 22 years ago.
Chris Paisley has become the first Northumberland golfer to be selected for Great Britain & Ireland's Walker Cup squad since Prudhoe's David Curry 22 years ago. Chris, a member of Stocksfield Golf Club, is one of an unprecedented seven England players who will represent the 10-man GB&I team against America at the Merion club in Pennsylvania on September 12 and 13.
He has just completed a four-year spell at the University of Tennessee - a stint that brought him a string of college titles.
He is one of only three members of the British team with extensive experience of American conditions and this may have helped him overcome a moderate record on the British amateur circuit this season.
"I was telling myself before the team was announced that I may not make it," said Chris. "I think that was to prepare myself if the worst happened, although, deep down, I felt I had done enough.
"I do believe the experience I have had in the States was a factor, where their courses are different to the links courses a lot of our tournaments are played on.
"Another factor that has helped me has been the amount of effort the Northumberland captain, Kevin Cademy-Taylor, has put into the development of the young players in the county over the last five years.
"That concept was always there, but his efforts have been backed and I would be surprised if Northumberland had to wait another 22 years for another Walker Cup player."
Cademy-Taylor said: "It's great news. I'm delighted for Chris and his family; he deserves it for all the hard work he has put in."
From the original squad of 28 players identified in February this year, the Walker Cup selectors have decided that England's Tommy Fleetwood (Formby Hall), Luke Goddard (Hendon), Matt Haines (Rochester & Cobham Park), Stiggy Hodgson (Sunningdale), Sam Hutsby (Liphook), Dale Whitnell (Five Lakes) and Chris should all form part of the final squad for this year's match.
They will join two Scotsmen, Wallace Booth (Comrie) and Gavin Dear (Murrayshall), and one Irishman, Niall Kearney (Royal Dublin), to take on the USA.