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Summerhays battles during day 1 of Walker Cup

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The 2023 Walker Cup kicked off Saturday morning in St. Andrews Scotland and ASU’s Preston Summerhays made his first appearance in the international match.

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In a head-to-head battle, Great Britain and Ireland take on the United States in a two-day tournament. On Saturday and Sunday, both teams compete in a morning round of foursome play and an evening round of singles. The Walker Cup serves as the amateur counterpart to the Ryder Cup.

After the morning round of foursome on Saturday, Summerhays and his partner David Ford took on Matthew McClean and John Gough of Great Britain and Ireland. Summerhays and Ford lost one down after 18 holes to the Great Britain and Ireland team.

The U.S. duo went one up on their opponents after the second hole before Great Britain and Ireland came back to tie it after the third. The match remained tight through the 15th hole until Great Britain and Ireland went one up after hole 16 and remained on top through the completion of the round. 

In Summerhays’ singles round, he contributed half a point to team U.S. after he tied with his opponent McClean. Summerhays led McClean one up after the fourth hole, but quickly lost his edge after hole 5. Summerhays fell two down after hole ten but finished strong on the back nine, evening the score after 18. 

Summerhays will kick off his foursome round at 12:20 a.m. PT Sunday morning.

ASU’s Summerhays makes the U.S. Walker Cup team

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Taylyn Hadley is a sports and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow her on X via @TAYLYNH11.

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