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Dundalk Golf Club's Walker Cup star Caolan Rafferty: ‘I can see the weekend being mental’

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Dundalk Golf Club's Walker Cup star Caolan Rafferty: ‘I can see the weekend being mental’

Dundalk Golf Club’s Caolan Rafferty is “excited” at the possibility of helping Team Britain and Ireland regain the Walker Cup at Liverpool’s Hoylake venue this weekend.

Dundalk Golf Club’s Caolan Rafferty is “excited” at the possibility of helping Team Britain and Ireland regain the Walker Cup at Liverpool’s Hoylake venue this weekend.

The 26-year-old is one of three Irish players involved in the 10-man panel set to take on America over Saturday and Sunday with the aim of winning the sport’s amateur version of the Ryder Cup.

His debut inclusion on the team, Rafferty is relishing his participation having flown out with the Irish posse on Sunday.
“It’s really exciting to think of what it’s going to be,” he told The Democrat.

“From getting the pick and told you’re going to be on the team, since then all you want to do is get going, to be there and out with the team, wearing the uniform and getting the feeling of what it is.

“We don’t know until we get there what it’s actually going to be like. You can always envisage it, but to go and feel it and be part of it is what we’re all looking forward to.”

Rafferty is a key cog in Dundalk’s senior panel, which has enjoyed outstanding recent success on a provincial and national level, and he expects local followers to be in plentiful supply at the Merseyside venue, with his family and girlfriend also set to make the trip.

“The family will all be over and there to support, I’m sure there’ll be a good support from the Golf Club as well and friends that I’ve met through the years playing golf, they’ve all messaged me to say they’ll be there to see me which will be nice,” Rafferty added.

“I can see the weekend being mental, from early morning starts to the whole adrenaline rush that you’re going to get standing on the first tee. Playing or not playing you’re still going to get that rush.

“There’s going to be a great crowd, it will be the biggest crowd we’ll have played in front of and luckily it’s going to be a majority home crowd all rooting you on.”