Walker Cup Pain For Chris

Chris Paisley's Walker Cup adventure ended in defeat for the GB and Ireland team in the US.

Chris Paisley's Walker Cup adventure ended in defeat for the GB and Ireland team in the US. The US team ran out comfortable winners at 16.5 points to 9.5 at Ardmore Golf Club in Pennsylvania.

Even so the Northumberland star, who now plays off a +4 handicap, acquitted himself well and halved the two singles matches he played - against Americans Drew Weaver and Bud Cauley.

It was the third time in a row that the US has won the event that is the amateur version of the Ryder Cup.

However, before jetting off ton the US, Chris did help England reclaim the Raymond Trophy.

The Stocksfield Golf Club rising star played a big part as England won the Home Internationals thanks to a 10.5-4.5 victory over Wales on a day of gale force winds and occasional heavy showers at Hillside Golf Club at Southport.

England sowed the seeds for their triumph with a two-point cushion from the foursomes, the first time they have won the series in three attempts. And they stormed home in the singles, winning seven of the ten matches.

On a day of unrelenting winds which called for cool heads and a solid stance, England soon built on that foursomes lead as Matt Haines took 13 holes to beat Welsh Champion Luke Thomas 6 and 5, Haines being three under par at the conclusion.

Former Walker Cup man Nigel Edwards was involved in a titanic battle with new Walker Cup selection Dale Whitnell, which saw both players holding the lead at different times. But it was Edwards' experience that paid off in the end with a 2 and 1 victory.

There was also a fine Welsh win for James Frazer by 5 and 4 over Farren Keenan but such was England's form that only one match came to the final green where Rhys Enoch beat Lytham Trophy winner James Robinson by the narrowest of margins.

Otherwise the England players were in command with Paisley, Tommy Fleetwood and Stiggy Hodgson claiming 5 and 4 wins, Jamie Abbott and Luke Goddard got home 4 and 3, while Sam Hutsby claimed his point 3 and 2.

* See next month's Golf North East for a full report on the region's Walker Cup stars


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