US hit back to take commanding lead

first_img Kimsey claimed a half from his clash with Justin Thomas while Moynihan enjoyed a 2&1 victory over Patrick Rodgers. The afternoon struggles were in stark contrast to a morning session which GB&I edged. The first match was halved with GB&I winning the next two before the United States won the final foursome of the session. The first match-up saw home pair Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt refuse to let the visiting duo of Kimsey and Max Orrin capitalise on the one up lead they held on six occasions. Instead each time Whitsett and Wyatt came back to tie including on the 18th hole when Orrin hit his eagle putt 12 feet past the hole with Wyatt sinking a two-foot birdie to win the hole and halve the match. Next up was Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, who became the first Englishman since 1911 to win the US Amateur Championship – propelling him to number one in the world amateur golf rankings – and also win the Silver Medal at July’s Open Championship at Muirfield. He was partnered by Neil Raymond and they went one up against Jordan Niebrugge and Nathan Smith at the par-four fifth, a lead they held until the 15th. The GB&I duo won the par-five 18th when Raymond hit an eagle attempt to three feet and Fitzpatrick calmly rolled the ball in for a one up victory. Raymond told www.usga.org: “To go out in foursomes over here and get the first solid point on the board was very important. I was just really happy to get it done. “I believe in my ability, and obviously believe in the world number one [Fitzpatrick] over here.” The visitors moved further ahead when Garrick Porteous and Rhys Ough defeated Michael Weaver and Todd White, three and one. Victory was clinched at the 372-yard 17th. Welshman Pugh hit his wedge approach shot to four feet. Weaver also hit a fine wedge approach to seven feet, but White missed the birdie attempt. Porteous’ birdie was conceded and GB&I claimed victory. Pugh said: “It gets my [competitive] juices flowing playing for Great Britain and Ireland. “It’s an honour and brings the best out of me.” The hosts then hit back in the final match of the session, Rodgers and Thomas defeating Moynihan and Kevin Phelan two and one. The United States took a lead they never relinquished on the 15th before Rodgers recorded the clinching birdie on the 17th, hitting a 111-yard wedge to six feet. It had looked promising for the visiting side when they established a two and a half to one and a half advantage after the morning foursomes but they were blown away following the change of format. The US were victorious in six of the eight singles with only Nathan Kimsey and Gavin Moynihan avoiding defeat for GB&I. The United States will head into the final day of the Walker Cup with an 8-4 advantage after crushing Great Britain and Ireland in Saturday’s afternoon singles. Press Associationlast_img read more


2020 5-star guard Priscilla Williams verbally commits to Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Five-star guard Priscilla Williams has verbally committed to Syracuse, Williams announced via an Instagram post on Monday afternoon. Williams is ranked third among guards and 11th overall in the 2020 class, according to the espnW 100 list. The 6-foot-2 guard also considered Southern Methodist, Louisville, Mississippi State and Florida State. Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman retweeted a screenshot of a scouting report saying “Williams can lead from the guard position, score off the dribble [and] spread the floor with the deep ball.” ESPN’s most recent player evaluations from July describe Williams as an “athletic guard [with a] feathery touch” and that her “mid-range game moves beyond the arc.”Williams is the second player to choose Syracuse in the class of 2020, joining guard Faith Blackstone, a four-star recruit, according to espnW 100.The Branson, Missouri native could join a Syracuse backcourt that includes Kiara Lewis and Emily Engstler, both of whom have eligibility through the 2020-21 season. The Orange’s All-Atlantic Coast Conference point guard Tiana Mangakahia, who will miss this season as she continues to undergo treatment for breast cancer, announced on Aug. 20 she plans to play for SU in the 2020-21 season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs a junior at Branson High School, Williams averaged 27.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, sunk 52 three-pointers and recorded a school-record 51 points in a game. She was named to USA Today’s All-USA Missouri Girls Basketball Team and the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association’s Class 5 All-State team in 2019. Commentslast_img read more