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Byrne selected to represent defending World Amateur Champion


August 26, 2010

Arizona State men's golfer James Byrne was selected as one of three individuals to represent defending champion Scotland at the 2010 World Amateur held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The World Amateur, founded in 1958, is considered by many to be the `Olympics of golf'. Held every two years, the tournament features the top amateurs from around the world competing on behalf of their respective countries' teams.

Byrne, who is currently ranked 13th in the world, was selected for the team as the top amateur golfer from Scotland. He is joined on the team by Ross Kellett and Michael Stewart, the No. 2 and No. 3 Scottish golfers.

"James has had a fantastic summer of golf, " said Arizona State head coach Randy Lein. "Starting out the summer making it to the finals of the British Amateur was a huge start and his good play continued from there."

A native of Banchory, Scotland, Byrne advanced to the match-play finals of the British Amateur this summer, narrowly missing a chance to earn an exemption to both the British Open and the Masters.

Byrne and team Scotland will compete in the World Amateur at the Buenos Aires Golf Course and Olivo Golf Course from October 28-31, 2010.

Check back with thesundevils.com for more information on Byrne and the World Amateur.