US Holds Slight Advantage at Walker Cup

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WHEATON, Ill. - The United States Walker Cup team won two of the four foursomes matches Saturday morning en route to a 6 1/2 - 5 1/2 lead over the Great Britain & Ireland squad after the first day of the 40th Walker Cup Matches.
 
'Welcome to the Walker Cup,' said American captain Bob Lewis. 'It's just the way it is. It was a very emotional day, typical of the Walker Cup. There is so many ebbs and flows.'
 
The U.S. duo of Lee Williams and Matthew Every teamed for a 1-up win over Gary Lockerbie and Robert Dinwiddie in the morning foursomes. Jeff Overton and Michael Putnam won the 13th and 14th holes to go 2-up before hanging on for a 2 and 1 victory over the GB&I duo of Oliver Fisher and Matthew Richardson.
 
GB&I's lone win Saturday morning came thanks to Richie Ramsay and Lloyd Saltman. That pair rolled to a 4 and 3 win over Kyle Reifers and Billy Hurley.
 
The final morning foursomes match was halved between the GB&I pair of Nigel Edwards and Rhys Davies and the U.S. duo of Anthony Kim and Brian Harman. The GB&I tandem had taken a 3-up lead through 10 holes at Chicago Golf Club, but the U.S. pair birdied four of the next six holes to get back to even. The teams halved the final two holes to tie the match.
 
In the afternoon singles matches, each team had two easy wins and two close ones. Davies captured the opening match for the GB&I team. He downed Every 4 and 3.
 
Kim, the medalist at the 2005 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, romped to a 6 and 5 win over Lockerbie to move the U.S. team one point ahead of their opponents.
 
Overton gave the U.S. squad a brief two-point cushion with a 5 and 4 win over Edwards. The GB&I team quickly evened the score as the fifth and fourth matches ended in their favor.
 
In match five, Richardson stormed to a 5 and 4 victory over Nick Thompson and Fisher squared the competition overall as he downed Putnam 2-up with birdies on two of the last three holes.
 
Saltman birdied the 17th to briefly give the GB&I squad the lead in the team competition. That birdie gave him a 1-up win over Hurley, an officer in the U.S. Navy. He is the first man from one of the service academies to play on the U.S. Walker Cup team.
 
The U.S. won the final two matches however to lead by one point after the first day. John Holmes claimed a 1-up win over Gary Wolstenholme, the most decorated player in this event. Wolstenholme, a two-time British Amateur champion, is playing this event for the sixth straight time.
 
Williams led nearly the entire match against Brian McElhinney and claimed victory when McElhinney bogeyed the 17th.
 
Walker Cup morning matches are being added to the schedule Sunday. In addition to the scheduled afternoon matches (Sunday 4p-6p), TGC will air live morning matches of the Walker Cup - 11a.m. - 1p.m.
 
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