Hartlepool golfer Alex Wrigley to fly the flag in PGA Cup in America

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Hartlepool golfer Alex Wrigley is looking forward to the challenge of helping Great Britain & Ireland reclaim the PGA Cup from America.

The Hartlepool Golf Club pro qualified for the GB&I PGA Cup team to face the United States in California in September.

I’ve never played in America before so to go over there is great

Alex Wrigley

Wrigley took one of six places that were up for grabs at the Titleist & FootJoy PGA Professional Championship at Burnham & Berrow in Somerset.

At 25, Wrigley will be the youngest member of Jon Bevan’s team but he is relishing the opportunity of trying to help GB&I win on US soil for the first time.

“It’s a great prospect. I’ve never played in America before so to go over there is great and all the way over to California – it sounds fantastic,” he said.

“I got a briefing to say we spend a day in San Francisco which is great and then down to business and hopefully we can bring the PGA Cup home.

“You always see the top courses in America on the telly all the time and it will just be great. I’ll relish the challenge of going over there with the other lads and hopefully we can do everyone proud.”

Wrigley was one of four players tied fourth at Burnham & Berrow battling it out in a sudden death shootout for just three spots behind winner Paul Hendriksen (Dinnaton) and joint runners up Gareth Wright (West Linton) and Cameron Clark (Moor Hall).

Wrigley and Michael Watson (Wessex Golf Centre) secured the first two spots while Midland ace Lee Clarke (Beeston Fields) held firm to book his place in the GB&I team that will play at CordeValle Golf Club in a Ryder Cup style format from September 18-20.

Bevan’s ten man PGA Cup team is completed by Niall Kearney (Royal Dublin), Jason Levermore (Channels) and David Dixon (Enmore Park) who qualified via the PGA Play-Offs in December with Scotland’s Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf) a captain’s pick.

Bevan added: “Burnham & Berrow was always going to give us great players, and the lads out there were always going to have to show us their character in this weather.

“We’ve got some good characters and we need nothing less than our A-game when we go out there.”