The 49th Walker Cup: Great Britain and Ireland lead USA 7 1/2 to 4 1/2
02 Sep 2023
by Justin Golba of

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John Gough (R&A Photo)
John Gough (R&A Photo)

On the first day of the 49th Walker Cup at The Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, the Great Britain and Ireland team grabbed a hold of the point advantage heading into the second and final day.

GB&I won the Saturday Foursomes Session 3&1 and then won the Saturday Singles Session 4 1/2 to 3 1/2 over the United States to take a 7 1/2 to 4 1/2 lead into Sunday.


Just like in the foursomes, The United States team got off to a good start, with Caleb Surratt defeating Stanford standout Barclay Brown 4&3. Calum Scott defeated Nick Gabrelcik 2 & 1 to get on the afternoon point board for GB&I.

Scott was one of two GB&I golfers to finish 2-0 on the day (John Gough).

"Coming down the stretch, I was super nervous, but I was just hitting good shots all day," Scott said. "I gave myself chances on Nos. 16 and 17 and holed both of them."

The match had eleven total birdies between Gabrelcik and Scott.

"It felt like we were making birdies on every other hole," Scott said.

Gordon Sargent won his Singles match against Jack Bigham 1-up to become the only United States golfer to go 2-0 on the day. Dylan Menante went 1-0 after sitting out Saturday Singles.

John Gough was the star of the day, winning in the Foursomes and then taking down 2023 U.S. Amateur Champion Nick Dunlap in their singles match 6&5. Gough was 5-up after the first five holes. Check back to later for the Day Two pairings and matches.

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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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