BRADENTON, FLORIDA | On the first day of the Concession Cup, the Great Britain and Ireland duo of Barry Hume and Matt Clarke, playing in the second match, fell 6 down after seven holes in their foursomes match against Americans Tim Jackson and Patrick Christovich. They would go on to lose, 6 and 5.
That is an apt capsule for the entirety of the three-day match featuring top mid- and senior amateurs from both sides of the Atlantic. The U.S. overwhelmed the GB&I side, 29-7, to claim their second Bonallack Campbell Trophy in as many tries.
This was one of the most lopsided outcomes in international amateur golf history. The likely other candidate for this unfortunate recognition was the 1993 Walker Cup, played at Interlachen Country Club in Minnesota. The captain of that U.S. team that won, 19-5? Vinny Giles, the playing captain for the winning American team last week at The Concession Golf Club.
Giles’ American team jumped out to a huge 8-1 lead after the foursomes matches on Thursday. Emboldened by his opening-day success, Giles didn’t change his pairings on Friday. He was rewarded with the same 8-1 outcome, and the Americans took a commanding 16-2 lead into the Saturday singles matches.
Only Welshmen Ben Westgate and Mike Hearne were able to stand up to the Americans while decoding the demanding golf course. They won…..READ FULL ARTICLE