Walker Cup Day One: GB&I leads USA by two
12 Sep 2015
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

see also: The Walker Cup, Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Irishman Gavin Moynihan teamed up with Jack Hume<br>to defeat the McCoys 3-and-2 (USGA/John Mummert)
Irishman Gavin Moynihan teamed up with Jack Hume
to defeat the McCoys 3-and-2 (USGA/John Mummert)

LYTHAM SAINT ANNES, England — Great Britain & Ireland began the 2015 Walker Cup Match with the start they were looking for, securing victories in three of four matches in Saturday morning's Foursomes at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

The United States captured one point thanks to Beau Hossler and Denny McCarthy, who defeated Irishmen Paul Dunne and Gary Hurley 3-and-1. Otherwise, the U.S. dropped all other foursome matchups. In the afternoon singles, there was virtually no blood across the board as the teams halved two matches, and each finished with three victories to their name.

“We saw we were the only red match on the board. We knew in our head that our match was going to be pretty important,” McCarthy told the USGA. “We played really steady golf today and we were under par for alternate shot in the wind, which is really good out here. It was a grind and Paul and Gary gave us a good fight. But we hit some really quality shots coming in to get the point.”

Later, despite being 1-up through 8 on Jimmy Mullen, the Englishman won holes 9, 11, 12, and 13 before finishing off the reigning Porter Cup winner 2-up.

Mullen and 2014 European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters paired up to hand Maverick McNealy and Hunter Stewart a 3-and-2 loss in the morning, while Cormac Sharvin (Ireland) and Jack McDonald (Scotland) wrapped up the most lopsided match of foursomes, beating Jordan Niebrugge and Robby Shelton 5-and-4 in a match that was all-square just once — on the first tee.

“I was more nervous hitting that one than I was at the Open (Championship),” Mulllen told the USGA of striking the first shot of the match for Great Britain and Ireland at the par-3 first. “It was a horrible shot, I was just happy to get it down there. I made up with the (par) putt.”

McCarthy's foursome partner Hossler, the 2014 Western Amateur champion and University of Texas sophomore, moved to 2-0 thus far with a come-from-behind victory over Irishman Jack Hume. Hossler was 3-down through 10 before winning four of his next six holes and squeak by with a 1-up win.

Hume and fellow Irishman Gavin Moynihan paired up to face the USA's "Two McCoys" in the morning. Georgia senior Lee McCoy and perennial USGA competitor Mike McCoy never led in the match, halving the first two holes before Hume/Moynihan slowly built their lead to eventually win 3-and-2 with a birdie at the par-4 16th.

Moynihan, the 2015 Irish Open Amateur winner, moved to 2-0 on Saturday with a 4- and-2 win over Oklahoma State senior Jordan Niebrugge.

The United States also received precious points from 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur champ Scott Harvey (2-and-1 over Grant Forrest) and 2015 Northeast Amateur winner Hunter Stewart (2-up over Paul Dunne).

More to come later this afternoon. Follow the link below for live hole-by-hole scoring from Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

ABOUT THE The Walker Cup

The Walker Cup Match is a biennial 10-man amateur team competition between the USA and a team composed of players from Great Britain and Ireland and selected by The R&A. It is played over two days with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches.

The first United States Walker Cup Team, which in 1922 defeated the GB&I side, 8-4, at the National Golf Links of America, is considered among the best teams ever and included Francis Ouimet, Bob Jones, Charles “Chick” Evans and Jess Sweetser. Many of the game’s greatest players have taken part in Walker Cup competition, including U.S. Open champions Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth for the USA and Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose for Great Britain and Ireland.

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