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GB&I take two point lead after day one of the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham

Great Britain and Ireland will take a two-point lead into the second day of the 45th Walker Cup match at Royal Lytham & St Annes tomorrow.

The home team got off to an excellent start in their bid to win back the trophy from the USA, who won the 2013 match at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York, and lead 7-5 after today's singles and foursomes matches.

GB&I, led by Captain Nigel Edwards, took a 3-1 lead, after the morning foursomes and followed that up by winning three and halving two of the afternoon singles matches.

Walker Cup 2015 Saturday Afternoon Ewen Ferguson
Walker Cup 2015 Saturday Afternoon Ewen Ferguson

In the opening singles match, England's Ashley Chesters and the 2015 US Amateur Champion Bryson DeChambeau were locked in a close struggle throughout the afternoon with neither having more than a one-hole lead. The 21-year-old DeChambeau, who sat out the morning foursomes, bounced back from losing the 15th hole to go one down by winning the next with a birdie and then bravely holing a 12ft par putt on the last to halve the match.

The USA, led by Captain John "Spider" Miller took the next two matches as Hunter Stewart defeated Ireland's Paul Dunne by two holes and Scott Harvey overcame Scotland's Grant Forrest 2&1.

Walker Cup 2015 Saturday Afternoon Bryson DeChambeau

Stewart remarkably holed his 113 yard nine-iron approach for an eagle on the par four 11th hole and then chipped in from the side of the green on the 14th for a birdie three to win both holes. Dunne, the 54-hole joint leader in The Open at St Andrews, responded by holing out from a greenside bunker on the 13th but when his birdie putt lipped out on the 18th his two hole defeat was confirmed.

England's Jimmy Mullen performed strongly on the back nine, winning three consecutive holes from the 11th, to win his match with Denny McCarthy by two holes and notch up his second point of the day. Ireland's Gary Hurley and Robby Shelton of the USA halved their match before Beau Hossler clinched a one hole win over Ireland's Jack Hume.

Scotland's Ewen Ferguson secured a one hole victory against Maverick McNealy. The 19-year-old sat out the morning foursomes and started in determined fashion to lead by two after four holes. The Scot led throughout the match but McNealy fought back strongly to take the match down the last and force Ferguson to hole a five-foot par putt to complete a one hole win.

GB&I secured another point when Ireland's Gavin Moynihan defeated Jordan Niebrugge, the winner of the Silver Medal at The Open, by 4&2. The 20-year-old, who played in the 2013 Walker Cup alongside Niebrugge, won the 7th, 8th and 10th holes to take a grip on the match.

Walker Cup 2015 Saturday Afternoon Ashley Chesters
Walker Cup 2015 Saturday Afternoon Ashley Chesters

In the morning foursomes, GB&I got off to an excellent start winning three matches to the USA's one. The English pairing of Chesters and Mullen were never behind in their match with McNealy and Stewart and won 3&2. They were quickly followed by Sharvin and McDonald, who enjoyed an emphatic 5&4 victory over Niebrugge and Shelton.

Hossler and McCarthy put the first point on the board for the USA with a 3&1 result against the Irish pairing of Dunne and Hurley but their compatriots Hume and Moynihan rounded off a good morning for GB&I with a 3&2 win over McCoy and McCoy.

Tomorrow's morning foursomes get underway at 8.30am. For the draw for the foursomes and afternoon singles and the full results from day one visit the official Walker Cup site here.