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GB&I PGA team takes shape in Turkey

The Titleist PGA Play-Offs take place this weekend in Turkey. The top three eligible finishers in the 54-hole tournament at Antalya Golf Club will automatically take the first spots in the GB&I team to face the United States at CordeValle, California next September.

Among the players with PGA Cup experience in action in Antalya are Greig Hutcheon, Graham Fox and Benn Barham who played in the 2013 team which tied at Slaley Hall while Richard Dinsdale was part of the victorious 2005 team that won at The K Club. The remainder of the ten-man team will be determined at the 2015 PGA Professional Championship with one captain’s pick.

Team captain Jon Bevan, a teaching pro at Rhos-on-Sea in north Wales and a two-time PGA Cup player, is confident that whoever qualifies from the play-offs will be an asset to his quest to become the first captain to win on US soil since the event’s inception in 1973.

“You only have to look at the profiles of the players in the PGA Play-Offs and their statistics and they stack up fantastically well against anybody in terms of performance plus there are a few guys with previous PGA Cup experience which is invaluable,” Bevan said. “I hope the guys who have played PGA Cup can pass on some of their experiences of playing in it because I want the players to realise just how big an event it is. It will be the biggest thing they are going to play in 2015.”