Rickie Fowler and Peter Uihlein both won four points from a possible four to lead the United States of America to a 16½-9½ victory over Great Britain and Ireland at the 2009 Walker Cup Match, which concluded on Sunday at the par-70, 6,846-yard East Course at Merion Golf Club.
Also undefeated for the USA were Morgan Hoffmann (2 wins – 0 losses – 1 half) and Bud Cauley (3-0-1). Hoffman won his Sunday singles match 1-up over Wallace Booth, while Cauley halved with Chris Paisley. Brendan Gielow added the final point for the USA with a 4&3 win over Dale Whitnell.
“It was a great week,” said Uihlein, who was playing in his first Walker Cup. “It’s definitely something I will never forget. We had a great team. We all get along great and we all just meshed well and played well together.”
For USA Captain, Buddy Marucci, a member at Merion for close to 20 years, the victory was particularly satisfying.
“I don't know that there's anything greater in golf for a person like myself than to captain the team, and to do it at home and to have 10 great guys and to win,” said Marucci, who did not defend the USGA Senior Amateur title he won a year ago so he could captain the USA team at Merion. “I just don't know that there's anymore I don't know that there's another chapter in the story.”
Darren Renwick, a former R&A Foundation Scholar who was beaten by Matteo Manassero in the semi-final of this year’s Amateur Championship, has won his first collegiate tournament as a University of Tennessee student. The sophomore from Worthing, England, took 31 strokes (five-under-par) to complete the inward nine at The Farm Golf Course in Rocky Face, Georgia, for a three-under-par 69 and first place at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic.
Sharing medalist honours was Sweden’s Nils Floren, like Renwick earning his first collegiate victory. Lying seventh after two rounds, the junior shot a final-round 68 – the best of the day – to Renwick on a tournament total of six-under-par. Renwick advances 31 places in the Ranking to 52nd while Floren is WAGRanked 87 after a 49-place leap.
In France, at the Coupe de France par équipes messieurs, Guillaume Cambis fired a course-record 66 in the final round to both guide his Ormesson team to victory and take individual honours at Golf de Limère near Orléans. Cambis jumps 66 places to WAGRank 167. A solid seventh-place performance at Limère by French Amateur Champion, Romain Wattel, sees him move up 114 places to 135th.
Finally to South Africa, and a win for 18-year-old JG Claassen at the Mpumulanga Amateur. Claassen recorded his third victory of the year at Middelburg Golf Club after a playoff, and with it he moves deeper into the WAGR Top 100, up 20 to 78th.