Surratt provided the ideal response for the visitors in the top match of the singles draw, taking care of Brown in a commanding 4&3 victory in which the American was never behind in the contest.
Scott found himself two up through nine holes in the second singles tie but was dragged back to all square by Nick Gabrelcik after birdies won him the 10th and 14th holes. The Nairn native delivered in style shortly after though, delighting the home fans on the way to closing out the match 2&1 with back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th.
Sargent, the world’s leading men’s amateur golfer, then sealed a narrow one-hole win against Jack Bigham in a nip-and-tuck affair which saw both players lead for periods of the match. The contest was decided on the 18th after a monster drive from Sargent led to a birdie, while the Englishman could only par.
The most impressive display of the singles came from Gough in the bottom match of the draw after he defeated US Amateur champion Dunlap 6&5. The Englishman never looked back after winning five holes in a row from the outset and despite losing the 7th hole, responded with a birdie on the 10th and sealed the win on the 13th after Dunlap could only manage a bogey.
McClean’s key half
GB&I went further ahead after Liam Nolan recovered from being two down through 13 holes to beat Austin Greaser by one hole. The Irishman made two birdies on the 14th and 15th to return the tie to all square and then secured a point at the last with Greaser unable to match his birdie 3.
Three-time Walker Cup winner Hagestad underlined his experience with a convincing 4&3 success against Maguire for the United States, before Power extended the home side’s lead with a brilliant comeback in his match against Ford to prevail by one hole. The Irishman claimed four holes in a row from the 12th to turn a three-hole deficit into a winning position at the 15th hole with the duo matching each other hole for hole in the remainder of the encounter.
McClean and Summerhays also had a close meeting with the American winning the 11th and 12th to return the match to all square. Both made birdies at the last for a halved match and give GB&I their three-point overnight lead.
Credit to GB&I
Hagestad said, “They've got a great team and we've got to bring it tomorrow. They're very familiar with this golf course. The St Andrews Links is obviously here, so it's a place that everyone in this part of the world is almost put on a pedestal in a great way.
“For us to come over here and to try and bring it with the best of Great Britain and Ireland's players, we have to bring our best. They played great today, so they deserve a tremendous amount of credit.”
Mike McCoy, the USA captain, added, “It wasn't the outcome we wanted, but it was a special day. They played terrific, and I give them a lot of credit.
“They're tough and they're gutty, and they've got a lot of heart. We're going to have to step it up tomorrow and try and make this thing a match.”
Four foursomes matches and ten singles ties follow tomorrow from 8am.