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GB&I take early lead over United States at Walker Cup

The Great Britain and Ireland side stormed out of the blocks on Saturday at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, taking a 3-1 lead over the United States in the morning Foursomes.

Walker Cup Sat Morning Match 3
Walker Cup Sat Morning Match 3

Northern Ireland’s Cormac Sharvin teamed up with his former Stirling University roommate Jack McDonald of Scotland to lead the GB&I charge, cruising to a 5&4 victory over Robby Shelton and Jordan Niebrugge of the United States.

Sharvin and McDonald quickly moved in front of the Americans, winning the first three holes with pars after Shelton and Niebrugge - who finished joint sixth at The Open last month - struggled find their stride. Sharvin and McDonald remained in front until the match ended on the 14th hole.

"It was just an unbelievable experience. Cormac and I played awesome. We didn’t really miss a shot and we holed great putts at the right time to keep the momentum going," said McDonald. "We were just right up for it. The way we were striking the ball it would have been difficult for anyone to beat us out there."

Englishmen Jimmy Mullen and Ashley Chesters secured the first point for the GB&I team, defeating Maverick McNealy, the number two ranked amateur in the World Amateur Golf Ranking™, and Hunter Stewart 3&2.

"It’s always good to win no matter what but it was good for the guys playing to see we got a point on the board and give them a bit of encouragement," said Mullen.

The all-Irish pair of Gavin Moynihan defeated the United States’ Lee McCoy and Mike McCoy 3&2, while Paul Dunne, who led after 54 holes at The Open, and Gary Hurley fell to Beau Hossler and Denny McCarthy after making three bogeys in succession from the 13th hole to lose 3&1.

The Singles matches take place this afternoon. For live scoring please visit the official Walker Cup site.