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As members gathered on the 19th at West Waterford golf club for the customary pint on Sunday morning last there was only one topic of conversation, Gary Hurley’s participation in next weekend’s Walker Cup match at Royal Lytham & St Annes in Liverpool. With the excitement reaching fever pitch as the travelling supporters deck themselves in club shirt and hat one can only dream of the excitement as the big weekend approaches.

Back in 1924 CO Hezlet became the first Irishman to play in the iconic competition, and since then 38 others including Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy have represented Ireland on the team. On Saturday 12th September history will be made when the famous five add their names to the roll of honour. Paul Dunne, Cormac Sharvin, Gavin Moynihan, Jack Hume along with West Waterford’s Gary Hurley will join forces with their GB & I team mates as they take on the U.S team in their quest to reclaim the Walker Cup.

Aglish is a small village close to the town of Dungarvan and is the birthplace of Gary Hurley. A good tee shot hit from outside Gary’s door would end up very close to Villierstown, home of the great John Treacy. A few more shots would land you in Touraneena, birthplace of Seamus Power now playing as a professional on the tour in the U.S. We are honoured to have three members who have blazed a trail in the highest levels of international competition.

Waterford has a great sporting tradition which transgresses all codes and our supporters are always on hand to cheer any individual or team representing the Decies. Over the past week West waterford GC has been inundated with messages of congratulations and good luck for Gary. We are most appreciative of each and every one of those messages. The Gary gang will be out in force at Royal Lytham this weekend to cheer on their hero and their team in what promises to be an historic sporting occasion.