Split Sunday Foursomes; Pull Within 3½ Points Of Winning The Walker
North Yorkshire, England Brock Mackenzie kept his unbeaten record
intact as he teamed with Matt Hendrix Sunday for the one win for
the United States amateur squad in morning foursomes (alternate
shot) matches that pushed the Americans to a 9-7 advantage with
eight singles matches remaining in the Walker Cup Match at Ganton
Golf Club. The U.S. also halved two of the other three foursomes
and needs 3½ out of eight points in afternoon singles matches to
reclaim the Cup. The Great Britain and Ireland team won the last
two matches, in 1999 and 2001.
Walker Cup Match is contested between two 10-man squads of amateur
golfers, one from the United States and the other from Great Britain
and Ireland . Great Britain and Ireland has won the last two Matches
in the every-other-year series that dates back to 1922. A point
is award for each win. There are 24 total points available.
Mackenzie, 21, of Yakima, Wash., and Hendrix, 22, of Aiken, S.C., built
a 6-up lead through 11 holes and closed out Irishmen Noel Fox and
Colm Moriarty, 6 and 5. They were a combined 4-under-par with the
usual concessions of match play. A senior at the University of Washington, Mackenzie also handily won his singles match Saturday afternoon,
3 and 2.
other foursomes earned half points for the USA . They were Casey
Wittenberg and Adam Rubinson, and Lee Williams and George Zahringer
. The losing team weas Bill Haas and Trip Kuehne. Haas, 21, of Greer,
S.C., and Kuehne, 31, of Dallas, Texas, had been unbeaten in two
matches apiece on Saturday.
Wittenberg, 18, of Memphis, Tenn., and Rubinson, 23, of Ft. Worth, Texas, halved with Scotsmen Stuart Wilson and David Inglis, when Rubinson
missed a three-foot putt for par to lose the last hole. Conversely,
Williams and Zahringer won the last hole, earning a half point against
The Welsh teammates Nigel Edwards and Stuart Manley .
English team of Gary Wolstenholme and Oliver Wilson never lost a
hole and easily beat Haas and Kuehne, 5 and 4.
key singles match-up in the afternoon is Wittenberg, the U.S. Amateur
runner-up against Wolstenholme, 43, the reigning British Amateur
champion who is playing in his fifth consecutive Walker Cup Match.
Haas plays in the first singles match against Oliver Wilson, while
Kuehne faces Manley in the final match. Mackenzie faces Moriarty.
point-winners for the U.S. have been Mackenzie (2-0), Haas (2-1),
Kuehne (1½ -1½ ), Rubinson (1½ -1½) and Wittenberg (1½ -1½). Edwards
is 2½ -½ for GB&I.
North Yorkshire, England, -- Results of Sundays foursomes (alternate
shot) and the pairings for afternoon singles matches at the Walker
Cup Match, played at the par 35-3671, 6,894-yard Ganton Golf Club:
Wolstenholme, England, and Oliver Wilson, England, def. Bill Haas,
Greer, S.C., and Trip Kuehne, Dallas, Texas, 5 and 4.
Mackenzie, Yakima, Wash., and Matt Hendrix, Aiken, S.C., def.
Noel Fox, Ireland, and Colm Moriarty, Ireland, 6 and 5.
Wittenberg, Memphis, Tenn., and Adam Rubinson, Ft. Worth, Texas,
halved with Stuart Wilson, Scotland, and David Inglis, Scotland.
Williams, Alexander City, Ala., and George Zahringer, New York,
N.Y., halved with Nigel Edwards, Wales, and Stuart Manley, Wales.
a.m. Bill Haas, Greer, S.C., vs. Oliver Wilson, England.
a.m. Casey Wittenberg, Memphis, Tenn., vs. Gary Wolstenholme,
a.m. Adam Rubinson, Ft. Worth, Texas, vs. Michael Skelton, England.
a.m. Brock Mackenzie, Yakima, Wash., vs. Colm Moriarty, Ireland.
a.m. Matt Hendrix, Aiken, S.C., vs. Stuart Wilson, Scotland.
a.m. Ryan Moore, Puyallup, Wash., vs. David Inglis, Scotland.
a.m. Lee Williams, Alexander City, Ala., vs. Nigel Edwards, Wales.
a.m. Trip Kuehne, Dallas, Texas, vs. Stuart Manley, Wales.