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RUSSELL WEIR
Great Britain & Ireland Captain

WeirRussell

Residence: Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland
Affiliation: Cowal Golf Club, Argyll, Scotland
Birthplace: Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland
Birth Date: July 11, 1951
Age: 59
Turned Professional: 1971
PGA Cup: 1986, '88, '90, '92, '94, '96, '98, 2000 (15-19-6)
Notes: Russell Weir marks his 30th year as PGA head professional at Cowal Golf Club in Dunoon, Scotland, where his father, Jim, was a 1-handicap player... Beginning his PGA Cup career two years after the event's origin, Weir shares the Cup record for most appearances with David Huish, but owns the mark for most successive Cup selections (8) between 1986 and 2000. He also has competed in more matches (40) than any player in PGA Cup history. Weir captured the 1987 and '88 Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship, and was defeated in a 2000 playoff to Bob Cameron in the 2000 Championship. He owns 13 top-10 finishes in the national championship... He has competed in seven Open Championships between 1975 and 1994, and competed on the European Tour from 1988-90, and is a five-time winner of Scotland's Order of Merit. He also won the 1986 Scottish Northern Open Championship, and owns seven course records, including a 67 in 1999 at Pevero Smeralda, Sardinia.
Personal: Wife, Carol; Children: Kim; David
Hobbies/Special Interests: Music, soccer

GARY BROWN

BrownGary

Residence: Malton, North Yorkshire, England
Affiliation: Ganton Golf Club, North Yorkshire, England
Birthplace: Barnsley, England
Birth Date: Jan. 26, 1964
Age: 47
Turned Professional: 1980
PGA Cup: Debut
Player Notes: PGA head professional at Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire, England... PGA Cup rookie Gary Brown is ready to make the most of his debut having believed that his chances of representing his country gone... But at 47 years of age, the Ganton head professional earned the right to be part of Russell Weir's GB&I team after being the most consistent performer at the 2011 Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship... His third place finish, on the back of covering 66 of the 72 holes in par or better, secured him third place and his highest ever finish in the event... Brown, who turned professional in 1981, has played in two Opens; Royal Lytham in 1996 and Royal Birkdale in 1998. He won the Lombard Trophy, Europe's largest Pro-Am tournament, in 2004 and in 2010, he was runner-up in the Skins Four-ball Championship alongside John Wells, who has also qualified for the 2011 GB&I PGA Cup team... Regionally he has also won the Wansbeck Classic in 1989, won the Yorkshire PGA in 1998 and the Yorkshire Open in 1999.
Personal: Wife, Julie; Children: Twins Thomas, Gemma
Hobbies/Special Interests: A renowned coach, and when not teaching or playing, enjoys squash and football.

SIMON EDWARDS

EdwardsSimon

Residence: Windermere, Cumbria, England
Affiliation: Windermere Golf Club, Cumbria, England
Birthplace: Wrexham, Wales
Birth Date: Jan. 8, 1971
Age: 40
Turned Professional: 1993
PGA Cup: 2003, '05 (5-4-1)
Player Notes: PGA head professional at Windermere Golf Club in Cumbria, England... Was a key part of the victorious 2005 PGA Cup team, Edwards is set to be a pivotal figure in the 2011 unit... His amateur career included representing Wales at U18, U21 and full amateur levels... Winner, 2001 PGA Professional Championship at County Louth, leading from start to finish, including tying the course record at 65... In addition, he captured the 2002 PGAs of Europe Four-ball Championship (with James Lee) and repeated the feat two years later with fellow PGA Cup member David Shacklady ... Owns three Welsh Professional titles (2002, '03 and '10) and has qualified for the Open Championship for the second time this year.
Personal: Wife, Samantha; Children: Amy, Oliver
Hobbies: Reading, music, football (supports Everton)

ROBERT GILES

GilesRobert

Residence: Newry, County Down, Ireland
Affiliation: Greenore Golf Club, County Louth, Ireland
Birthplace: Hull, England
Birth Date: Aug. 19, 1970
Age: 41
Turned Professional: 1990
PGA Cup: Debut
Player Notes: PGA head professional at Greenore Golf Club in County Louth, Ireland... Finished runner-up in 2011 Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship... Brings a wealth of experience to the team as a prolific winner of more than 50 titles on both PGA North and Irish Regions. Highlights include PGA North Region Assistants' Champion (1995) and Irish Region in 1998 and victory in The Leeds Cup... Has represented Ireland in the PGAs of Europe International Team Championship on seven occasions including two victories - the most recent in 2009... Giles has played more than 20 European and Challenge Tour events and twice competed in the PGA Championship at Wentworth... Has contested the European, Irish, Great Northern and English Opens and most recently played all four rounds at the Quinn British Masters at The Belfry in 2009.
Played all four rounds in the 1998 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
Personal: Wife, Sallianne; Children: Amy, Matthew, Callum
Hobbies/Special Interests: Football (lifelong Liverpool fan); cars, spending time with family

CHRISTOPHER GILL

GillChris

Residence: Exeter, Devon, England
Affiliation: Exeter Golf & Country Club, Devon, England
Birthplace: Exeter, England
Birth Date: June 21, 1979
Age: 32
Turned Professional: 2000
PGA Cup:  Debut
Player Notes: PGA teaching professional at Exeter Golf & Country Club in Devon, England... Gill will be the youngest member of the Great Britain & Ireland side at 32, but comes with a wealth of experience... He spent more than six years on the Asian Tour from 2000, during which time he won the satellite Thailand Tour Order of Merit... Combined that with playing the West Region and has chalked up more than 300 appearances on the circuit. Took the West Region Assistants' league with three wins out of three in 2002 and has won every year on the circuit bar 2003... He has more than 20 regional wins under his belt including three Order of Merit successes - the West Region Championship (2007 and '09) and the Total Triumph Classic (2009)... Topped the West Region Money list in 2008 and '09 and took the Order of Merit that year on the back of eight wins... Has competed in two European Tour events: the Celtic Manor Wales Open (2005) and the BMW PGA Championship (2010). He also represented England boys as an amateur.
Personal: Wife, Katherine
Hobbies/Special Interests: Playing tennis, snooker and pool

CRAIG GOODFELLOW

GoodfellowCraig

Residence: Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Affiliation: Carlisle Driving Range, Cumbria, England
Birthplace: Carlisle, England
Birth Date: June 23, 1975
Age: 36
Turned Professional: 1997
PGA Cup: 2007 (2-2-1)
Player Notes: PGA teaching professional at Carlisle Driving Range in Cumbria, England, Goodfellow wrote his name in the record books by becoming the first to win both the PGA Assistants' Championship (2001) and the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship, which he captured in 2011... Was runner-up in the 2002 in the PGA Assistants' Championship... A three-time competitor in the PGAs of Europe Team Championship... Had previously lost a playoff to make the 2005 PGA Cup team before earning a berth in 2007. Owns the course record of 63 at St Anne's Old Links.
Personal: Wife, Joanne; Children: Zach
Hobbies/Special Interests: Squash, a fan of Liverpool football

STUART LITTLE

LittleStuart

Residence: Stroud, Gloucestershire, England
Affiliation: Minchinhampton New Golf Club, Gloucestershire, England
Birthplace: Chelmsford, England
Birth Date: Aug. 1, 1967
Age: 44
Turned Professional: 1985
PGA Cup: Debut
Player Notes: PGA teaching professional at Minchinhampton New Golf Club in Gloucestershire, England... The lone left-hander in the 25th PGA Cup, Little has considerable Tour experience, Little also has great pedigree in foursomes having won the prestigious Sunningdale Foursomes at the first attempt in 2001 and the West of England Foursomes in 1999... His playing career includes 341 international appearances during several spells on the European Tour and 750 appearances on the PGA West Region circuit... During his career he has notched up four international victories including two victories in successive appearances in the IMG Intermaritime Pro-Am in 1998 and 1999 where he beat high-class fields including major champions Steve Elkington, Stewart Cink and Craig Stadler... He has also twice won the Rolex Trophy (1994 and 2001) and has more than 100 regional victories to his name.
Personal: Partner, Ruth; Children: Megan
Hobbies/Special Interests: Watching sports, cooking

JOHN KENNEDY, PGA

KennedyJohn

Residence: Oxford, England
Affiliation: Wexham Park Golf Centre, Slough, Buckinghamshire, England
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Birth Date: Dec. 24, 1966
Age: 44
Turned Professional: 1987
PGA Cup: Debut
Player Notes: PGA managing director at Wexham Park Golf Centre in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England... Finished tied for sixth in the 2011 Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship... Was defeated for the original last berth on the 2011 PGA Cup Team on the fifth extra hole by John Wells in a five-player playoff... Earned alternate berth and replaced Matt Morris, who suffered a hip injury ... Attained a PGA Fellow Professional status and serves as chairman and was a  past captain of the BBO (Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxforshire) PGA... Serves as an academy coach of the BBO PGA... Captured the 2003 BP World Invitational in Abu Dhabi... Finished fourth in the 2010 BBO Order of Merit... Is a regular winner on the BBO Pro-Am circuit.
Personal: Wife, Jacqui ; Children: Jack
Hobbies/Special Interests: Squash, kick-boxing, football (fan of Everton)

DAVID MORTIMER

MortimerDavid

Residence: Knocknacarra, County Galway, Ireland
Affiliation: Galway Golf Club, County Galway, Ireland
Birthplace: London, England
Birth Date: Aug. 23, 1975
Age: 36
Turned Professional: 2002
PGA Cup: Debut
Player Notes: PGA head professional at Galway Golf Club in County Galway, Ireland... A two-time winner of the Irish PGA Championship (2006 and '10), Mortimer has a rich playing pedigree and is widely regarded as one of Ireland's most consistent performers... He finished runner-up in the Irish Order of Merit in 2006 and was third last year... 2010 proved a special year for the Galway pro who lifted the 2010 PGA Professional Championship at his first attempt, capping a memorable season by defeating European Tour winner regular Damien MacGrane in a thrilling contest for the Irish PGA at Seapoint... Twice a runner-up in the Irish PGA Assistants' Championship (2003 and '04) he was also second in the PGA Assistants' Championship in 2005... Enjoyed successful career and was part of the Irish team that won the Governor Hugh Carey Cup in 2000.
Personal: Wife, Samantha
Hobbies/Special Interests: Cinema, rugby, gym and football, a fan of Liverpool

DAVID SHACKLADY

ShackladyDavid

Residence: Ormskirk, Lancashire, England
Affiliation: Mossock Hall Golf Club, Lancashire, England
Birthplace: Ormskirk, England
Birth Date: April 20, 1967
Age: 44
Turned Professional: 1985
Match Record: Debut
Player Notes: A prolific winner in the PGA North Region with more than 200 victories to his name, Shacklady earned his place in the team on the back of a superb display in the 2009 Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship when he narrowly lost in a play-off to David Mortimer... Other career highlights include helping England to win the PGAs of Europe International Team Championship in Portugal last year while in 2004 he and Simon Edwards triumphed in the PGAs of Europe Four-Ball Championship... Has played in two Open Championships - at Royal Birkdale in 1998 and Carnoustie in 2007; and competed in three PGA Championships at Wentworth... Is also a three-time Lancashire Open champion, two-time Lancashire PGA champion and two-time Lancashire Match play becoming the only player to achieve the grand slam of all three in 2004.
Personal: Wife, Louise; Children: Aaron, Megan, Lucy
Hobbies/Special Interests: Play county darts for Lancashire and supports Queen Park Rangers.

JOHN WELLS

WellsJohn

Residence: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Affiliation: Cherry Burton Golf Club, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Birthplace: Beverley, England
Birth Date: Oct. 31, 1977
Age: 33
Turned Professional: 2001
PGA Cup: Debut
Player Notes: PGA teaching professional at Cherry Burton Golf Club in East Riding of Yorkshire, England... Displayed the kind of spirit that will be vital if GB&I are to win in California as he came through an eight-hole play-off at The Belfry in the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship to clinch the last place... Finished fourth in the 2010 Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship... A proven partnership with Yorkshire team-mate Gary Brown also gives captain Russell Weir a ready-made pair if required... No stranger to American golf having attended Augusta State University in the mid 90s, Wells has been a consistent performer... Winner, 2007 Leeds Cup, 2007, '08 Yorkshire Links Trophy, 2005 Yorkshire Open (2005), 2008, '09 East Riding Open, 2005 Yorkshire OOM, 2004 World Ice Golf Championship... Has two top-3 finishes in the PGA North Region Order of Merit (2003 and '10) and earlier this year won the 2011 PGA Catalunya Pro-Am including a 10-under-par first round 62... Was part of the 2010 England team that won the PGAs of Europe Team Championship the same year.
Personal: Fiancée, Vicky
Hobbies/Special Interests: Walking the dogs, gym and football supporter of Hull City