United States Retains Walker Cup at National
The National Golf Links of America in Southampton welcomed the 44th Walker Cup Match over the weekend, an event that was first played at National in March of 1922. The United States team, comprised of some of the best amateur players in the country, dominated singles play both Saturday and Sunday and defeated Great Britain and Ireland, 17-9, to regain the coveted Walker Cup.
“It’s something I have been wanting for a long, long time, particularly after we lost in 2011,” US Captain Jim Holtgrieve said.
The Walker Cup Match is a men’s amateur team competition played every other year, with one squad from the USA and the other representing England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Nathan Smith, a mid-amateur who last won a big tournament locally when he took the US Mid-Amateur title at the Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton in 2010, clinched the 14th and decisive match with a 4-3 win over Nathan Kimsey.
“This ranks at the top of the list,” said Smith of winning the clinching point. “I never wanted a point so much in my life.”
The team’s other mid-amateur, 45-year-old high school teacher Todd White, won his match over Rhys Pugh, one of Great Britain and Ireland’s star players, for the team’s 13th point.
Bobby Wyatt, one of three US players from the University of Alabama, won his foursomes and singles matches on Sunday and was undefeated for the match, earning a team-high 3 ½ points. Also earning an undefeated mark for the US was Michael Kim, who was 3-0 over the weekend.
Two weeks before the tournament, the American team gathered at National for a weekend of practice rounds. The results showed this past weekend.
“They adapted to the conditions a little bit better—the greens changed and there were very, very severe pin positions,” Great Britain and Ireland Captain Nigel Edwards said. “They holed out a little bit better and I would say the short shots into the green, the distance control, that’s where they outdid us.”
The 45th Walker Cup Match will be played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England on September 12 and 13, 2015.
X-Country Nail-Biter at The Park
The Pierson girls cross country team narrowly lost to Stony Brook Tuesday at Mashashimuet Park, with Stony Brook winning the 3-mile race, 27-28. Stony Brook took 1st, 2nd, 6th, 8th and 10th places. Pierson’s Elena Skerys took third, Hannah Jungck took fourth, Maya Buckner took fifth, Ariena Burns was seventh and Paola Zeas was ninth. The girls will travel to the Syracuse area this week to compete in the Baldwinsville Invitational. Their next league meet will be at Mashashimuet Park on Tuesday, September 24 against Ross.
The team will be hosting a couple of youth cross country races at Mashashimuet Park on Tuesday, September 17 and Tuesday, September 24, each at 3:30 p.m.. The races are free to students from the third to the sixth grades, although donations will be accepted for travel expenses as the team travels to meets in Syracuse, New York City, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Call Coach Jim Kinnier at 725-5211 with questions.
Sag Harbor Hosts Mighty Hamptons Triathlon
Ryan Siebert, 22, of Patchogue surged in the final stages of the Mighty Hamptons Triathlon to win the event held in Sag Harbor with a time of 2:03:59, just ahead of David Powers of Wainscott, who finished in 2:04:13.
Megan Wiseman, 32, of New York was the top female finisher in the event, which includes a 1.5K (0.93 mile) swim at Long Beach, followed by a 40K (24.8 mile) bike and 10K (6.2) run.
For complete results visit. http://myraceresult.com/restultbanners/eventpower/mightyhamptons.html.
Fall Season at Breakwater Yacht Club
A welcomed wind returned to the Breakwater Yacht Club’s Wednesday Night Sailing Series, which kicked off the fall season on September 4 with solid windward leeward racing and gusts blowing up to 16 knots.
Gossip, captained by Steve Kenny and Greg Ames, won Division 1 with a corrected time of 1 hour 4 minutes and 17 seconds. Donald Filipelli, aboard Caminos, finished second in 1:07:22 while Bud Rogers and Big Boat finished third in 1:10:20.
Jim Smyth and Derrick Galen sailed White Lightning to a win in Division 2 with a corrected time of 1:05:45. Jody LoCascio, aboard Boogie Van, finished second in 1:07:00 and George Martin on Osprey finished third in 1:07:42.