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US Takes Lead in Walker Cup Golf Tourney


American golfer Bill Haas has beaten Gary Wolstenholme to help the United States take a 7-5 lead after the first day of the Walker Cup amateur golf competition in England.

Haas, the 21-year-old son of former Walker Cup trophy winner Jay Haas, also teamed with Trip Kuehne for a two-and-one victory over Wolstenholme and Michael Kelton in the first of the foursomes matches.

In other matches, American Brock Mackenzie defeated David Inglis three and two. Trip Kuehne halved his match with Oliver Wilson. Matt Hendrix of the United States halved his match with Stuart Wilson. Casey Wittenberg of the United States defeated Noel Fox three and two and Chris Allen downed Colm Moriarty one hole.

Britain and Ireland won three of the four foursomes matches. Britain and Ireland have won the trophy the last two times the event was held - in 1999 and 2001 - by the same score, 15-9. The U.S. team holds the all-time advantage 31-6. The last time the U.S. team won the event was 1997 in Quaker Ridge, New York.

The Walker Cup, which is named for the great-grandfather of U.S. President George W. Bush, is team match play with four morning alternate-shot matches and eight afternoon singles matches in each of the two days. This year's event is being played on a links-style course with deep pot bunkers in Ganton, England.

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