Pugh continues success at Walker Cup for Great Britain and Ireland
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 16:09
ETSU junior golfer Rhys Pugh (Pontrpridd, Wales) did his part for the Great Britain and Ireland team, but when play concluded on the opening day of the 44th annual Walker Cup, the Americans were left holding a dominating lead at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y.
Pugh, who is making his second career appearance in the Walker Cup, played with 23-year-old Garrick Porteous in his foursome match against Michael Weaver and Todd White.
Pugh and Porteous defeated Weaver and White, 3 and 1, to give GB&I a 2½ to 1½ lead following the morning foursomes session.
Following the win on Saturday morning, Pugh moved his overall record to 4-0 in his Walker Cup career.
Pugh, the second ETSU golfer to play in two Walker Cups, was a member of the 2011 GB&I team that defeated Team USA, and won all three of his matches to help secure the dramatic win at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland.
Pugh didn’t play in the afternoon session where the Americans defeated GB&I, 6½-1½, in the eight singles matches.
Overall, the U.S. leads GB&I, 8-4.
The Walker Cup concludes Sunday with Pugh and Porteous taking on Max Homa and Michael Kim at 7:45 a.m.
Pugh then plays in Sunday’s singles competition as the Buccaneer faces White at 1:06 p.m.