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Former Lynn Golfer, Alum Named to Walker Cup Team
Published Aug. 03, 2009
The 42nd Annual Walker Cup, pitting the finest amateur golfers from Great Britain and Ireland against those from the United States, was named on Sunday with former Lynn University men’s golfer Gavin Dear among the selections. Dear is one of 10 players chosen to form a final Great Britain and Ireland squad that will square off against the USA at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania, on September 12-13.
“I am delighted to be named to the Walker Cup team and am looking forward to both the match and the overall experience,” said Dear. “It’s great for my area as myself and Wallace Booth are on the squad. This is also exciting for my golf club, Murrayshall, which has never had anyone involved [with the Walker Cup]. I am hoping to have a lot of friends and family across at Merion Golf Club and it will be tremendous to play in front of them. It will also be my last amateur event as I will turn professional immediately after the Walker Cup and go to European Tour School.
“I must also say thanks to Lynn University and especially Eric Abreu, Chris Greenwood and Greg Malfitano who have been a great help to my golf. I have been fortunate to be able to practice in Boca Raton in the off-season and always receive a warm welcome.”
The former Fighting Knight joins a long list of golfing greats who have participated in the Walker Cup including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard, Padraig Harrington, Colin Montgomerie, Scott Verplank, Brad Faxon and Cory Pavin.
“It is great to become part of the history of the Walker Cup,” Dear said. “At the moment I am part of the Scotland Team which holds both the World Team and European Team Championship and it would be great to add the Walker Cup to that list.”
A 2006 graduate of Lynn, Dear enjoyed tremendous success with the Blue & White. The four-year letterwinner earned Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year accolades along with PING/GCAA All-Region honors while posting a 74.37 stroke average throughout his career. He also helped LU reach the NCAA National Tournament twice, the last in which the Fighting Knights finished fourth overall.
Ranked No. 12 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, the Perth, Scotland native has earned three tournament victories within the last six months. His first win came at the Dixie Amateur Championship in Coral Springs, Fla., in December and then followed with top honors at The Craigmillar Park Open and the Irish Stroke Play Championship. In addition, Dear was a key member on the Scottish team which claimed the World Amateur Team Championship.