Great Britian Ireland Beats US in Walker Cup

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Great Britian and Ireland came from behind Sunday at the Ocean Forest Golf Club to defeat the United States and successfully defend the Walker Cup for the first time in the events 79-year history.
 
Led by standouts Luke Donald, Nick Dougherty and Michael Hoey, GB&I won three of the four morning alternate shot matches, and then dominated in the afternoon singles session, taking six of the eight matches for a total winning score of 15-9.
 
Its even better than I dreamed it would be, GB&I captain Peter McEvoy said after it was complete. Its a grand achievement for our players.
 
In addition to captaining this year, McEvoy also led the 1999 squad to victory in Scotland. Of the players on that team, only Donald and Gary Wolstenholme returned for this edition.
 
Donald won both matches he played on Sunday, while Wolstenholme took strong American Nick Cassini 4-and-3 in the afternoon singles.
 
He was elated afterward.
 
Winning is a great feeling, Wolstenholme exclaimed. The Walker Cup represents everything about golf that is the best.
 
Unfortunately for the Americans, they will have to wait until 2003 for redemption. The Walker Cup will be contested that year in England at the Ganton Golf Club.
 
While they have now lost two years in a row, they still hold a dominating lead in the series, however. The U.S. is 30-6-1 against Great Britian and Ireland.
 
The following are final results from the 2001 Walker Cup, played at the Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.:
 
Sundays Morning Results ' Foursomes (alternate shot):
 
Luke Donald and Nick Dougherty (GB&I) def. Erik Compton and John Harris (USA), 3-and-2
 
Graeme McDowell and Michael Hoey (GB&I) def. Nick Cassini and Lucas Glover (USA), 2-and-1
 
David Eger and Bryce Molder (USA) def. Steven OHara and Marc Warren (GB&I), 7-and-6
 
Jamie Elson and Richard McEvoy (GB&I) def. Danny Green and D.J. Trahan (USA), 1-up
 
Overall Morning Total: Great Britain and Ireland 8 , USA 7
 
Sundays Afternoon Results ' Singles:

 
Luke Donald (GB&I) def. Lucas Glover (USA), 3-and-2
 
Nick Dougherty (GB&I) def. D.J. Trahan (USA), 1-up
 
Bryce Molder (USA) def. Graeme McDowell (GB&I), 1-up
 
Steven OHara (GB&I) def. John Harris (USA), 4-and-3
 
Marc Warren (GB&I) def. James Driscoll (USA), 2-and-1
 
Michael Hoey (GB&I) def. Danny Green (USA), 1-up
 
Jamie Elson (GB&I) and Erik Compton (USA), Halved
 
Gary Wolstenholme (GB&I) def. Nick Cassini (USA), 4-and-3
 
OVERALL FINAL TOTAL: GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND 15, USA 9
 
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The following are results from Day 1 of the 2001 Walker Cup, played at the Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.:
 
Saturdays Morning Results ' Foursomes (alternate shot):
 
Gary Wolstenholme and Steven OHara (GB&I) def. Danny Green and D.J. Trahan (USA), 5-and-3
 
Nick Cassini and Lucas Glover (USA) def. Luke Donald and Nick Dougherty (GB&I), 4-and-3
 
Jamie Elson and Richard McEvoy (GB&I), and David Eger and Bryce Molder (USA), Halved
 
Graeme McDowell and Michael Hoey (GB&I) def. James Driscoll and Jeff Quinney (USA), 3-and-1
 
Morning Total: Great Britain & Ireland 2 , USA 1
 
Saturdays Afternoon Results ' Singles:

 
Erik Compton (USA) def. Gary Wolstenholme (GB&I), 3-and-2
 
D.J. Trahan (USA) def. Steve OHara (GB&I), 2-and-1
 
Nick Dougherty (GB&I) def. James Driscoll (USA), 2-and-1
 
Nick Cassini (USA) def. Nigel Edwards (GB&I), 5-and-4
 
Marc Warren (GB&I) def. John Harris (USA), 5-and-4
 
Luke Donald (GB&I) def. Jeff Quinney (USA), 4-and-2
 
Bryce Molder (USA) def. Graeme McDowell (GB&I), 2-and-1
 
Lucas Glover (USA) def. Michael Hoey (GB&I), 1-up
 
Saturdays Overall Score: USA 6 , Great Britain & Ireland 5