The Great Britain and Ireland team have a 2 shot lead after the first days play in the Walker Cup at Hoylake. In the afternoon singles matches they won 5-3. Alex Fitzpatrick led from the front beating World Amateur Number one Cole Hammer and there were also wins for Conor Gough, Euan Walker, SandyScott and Caolan Rafferty, The score could have been even better for Craig Watson’s side but British Amateur championJames Segrue lost his match to John Pak on the last two holes.
Alex Fitzpatrick said “I felt I’ve been playing really week this week so I was pleased I went out forst and I played Cole Hammer. I enjoy challenges and today eas quite a big one to face but now I’m happy I succeeded. The support we’ve had all day was unvelievable and I’m pretty pumped right now. He is pictured being watched by his brother, European Tour pro Matt Fitzpatrick.
Great Britain and Ireland need 6.5 points from four foursomes and 10 singles to regain the tropny and claim a 6th win in the last 7 matches on home soil.
The 47th Walker Cup matches at Royal Liverpool GC got off to a fine start this morning at Hoylake with each match finishing on the 17th green and the score was 2-2. The biannual amateur match between Great Britain and Ireland and the United States started in benign conditions.
European Tour winner Matt Fitzpatrick was in the gallery of his younger brother Alex who partnered Conor Purcell to a 2&1 victory over Andy Ogiltree and John Augenstein. The United States Team gained the next point with John Pak, who admitted to being nervous playing in front of the large galleries, and Isiah Sakunda who beat Sandy Scott and Euan Walker.
GB&I’s Harry Hall and Connor Gough took the third point 2&1 beating Stewart Hagestad and Akshay Bhatia and Brandon Wu and Alex Smalley won 2&1 against Tom Sloman and Thomas Plumb.
The afternoon singles draw is as follows:
United States vs. Great Britain & Ireland
Cole Hammer vs. Alex Fitzpatrick
Steven Fisk vs. Euan Walker
Andy Ogletree vs. Sandy Scott
John Augenstein vs. Conor Purcell
John Pak vs. James Sugrue
Isaiah Salinda vs. Conor Gough
Alex Smalley vs. Caolan Rafferty
Brandon Wu vs. Tom Sloman
This means that all 12 men on both sides will have played on the first day.