US Takes Slim Lead in Walker Cup Matches


Competing in just their first Walker Cup, Americans Lucas Glover and Nick Cassini each won two matches Saturday to help solidify a U.S. lead of 6 to 5 over Great Britian & Ireland at the Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.
Glover and Cassini ' respective graduates of Clemson and Georgia Universities ' teamed in the morning to defeat the highly-touted duo of Luke Donald and Nick Dougherty of GB&I 4-and-3.
Then each man won his singles match in the afternoon portion of the first of two days of competition.
Glover defeated Michael Hoey 1-up, while Cassini beat Nigel Edwards 5-and-4.
Two-and-0 against the best amateurs in the world is pretty good, I think, said a modest Glover following the match.
Also winning for the U.S. on Day 1 was the No. 1 collegiate player on the GolfWeek/Saragin Rankings Bryce Molder.
Molder beat Graeme McDowell 2-and-1 in the afternoon, after both he and partner David Eger halved their match with Jamie Elson and Richard McEvoy in the morning.
Another 12 points are open for the taking in Sundays final matches. Foursomes begin at 8am ET, with the first of eight singles matches scheduled to start at 1pm.
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
Overall Score: USA 6 , Great Britain & Ireland 5