Chris Nallen Helps United States to Day One Lead at Walker Cup

Sept. 6, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golfer Chris Nallen helped the United States to a 7-5 lead Saturday after the first day of play at the 2003 Walker Cup Matches in Ganton, North Yorkshire, England.

Nallen, a senior from Blairstown, N.J., was one of five members of Team U.S.A. to win in Saturday's singles matches to give the United States a 7-5 lead over Great Britain and Ireland at the conclusion of the first day of play. Nallen defeated Great Britain and Ireland's Colm Moriarity, 2-up, by clinching the match with a par on the 17th hole.

Nallen and the rest of his U.S. teammates' play in Saturday's singles competition helped the squad rally from a 3-1 deficit following the morning foursomes. Only the U.S. team of Bill Haas and Trip Kuehne managed to win its opening match. Nallen and partner Ryan Moore were defeated, 3 and 2, by Nigel Edwards and Stuart Manley.

The 39th Walker Cup Matches run through Sunday at Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire, England, a par 71, 6,894-yard layout. Ten-member teams consisting of amateur players from the United States and Great Britain and Ireland will vie for the Walker Cup in a competition that consists of 16 singles and eight foursomes (alternate shot) matches. One point is awarded for each match and there are 24 total points available. The United States leads the overall competition 31-6-1, though Great Britain and Ireland has won the last two meetings.

Nallen is the fourth University of Arizona golfer to represent the U.S. in Walker Cup competition, joining Robert Gamez (1989), Eric Meeks (1989) and David Berganio (1991).

2003 Walker Cup Matches
Sept. 6, 2003
Ganton Golf Club, North Yorkshire, England

Foursomes (Alternate Shot)
Bill Haas, Greer and Trip Kuehne (USA) def. Gary Wolstenholme and Michael Skelton (GB&I), 2 and 1
Stuart Wilson and David Inglis (GB&I) def. Lee Williams and George Zahringer (USA), 2-up
Nigel Edwards and Stuart Manley (GB&I) def. Chris Nallen and Ryan Moore (USA), 3 and 2
Noel Fox and Colm Moriarty (GB&I) def. Adam Rubinson and Casey Wittenberg (USA), 4 and 2

Singles
Bill Haas (USA) def. Gary Wolstenholme (GB&I), 1-up
Trip Kuehne (USA) halve Oliver Wilson (GB&I)
Brock Mackenzie (USA) def. David Inglis (GB&I), 3 and 2
Matt Hendrix (USA) halve Stuart Wilson (GB&I)
Nigel Edwards (GB&I) def. George Zahringer (USA), 3 and 2
Chris Nallen (USA) def. Colm Moriarty (GB&I), 2-up
Adam Rubinson (USA) def. Noel Fox (GB&I), 3 and 2
Casey Wittenberg (USA) def. Graham Gordon (GB&I), 5 and 4

2003 Walker Cup Matches
Schedule for Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003
Ganton Golf Club, North Yorkshire, England
United States leads, 7-5
(All times PDT)

Foursomes
12:30 a.m. - Bill Haas and Trip Kuehne (USA) vs. Gary Wolstenholme and Oliver Wilson (GB&I)
12:45 a.m. - Brock Mackenzie and Matt Hendrix (USA) vs. Noel Fox and Colm Moriarty (GB&I)
1 a.m. - Casey Wittenberg and Adam Rubinson (USA) vs. Stuart Wilson and David Inglis (GB&I)
1:15 a.m. - Lee Williams and George Zahringer (USA) vs. Nigel Edwards and Stuart Manley (GB&I)

Singles
5:25 a.m. - Bill Haas (USA) vs. Oliver Wilson (GB&I)
5:35 a.m. - Casey Wittenberg (USA) vs. Gary Wolstenholme (GB&I)
5:45 a.m. - Adam Rubinson (USA) vs. Michael Skelton (GB&I)
5:55 a.m. - Brock Mackenzie (USA) vs. Colm Moriarty (GB&I)
6:10 a.m. - Matt Hendrix (USA) vs. Stuart Wilson (GB&I)
6:20 a.m. - Ryan Moore (USA) vs. David Inglis (GB&I)
6:30 a.m. - Lee Williams (USA) vs. Nigel Edwards (GB&I)
6:40 a.m. - Trip Kuehne (USA) vs. Stuart Manley (GB&I)

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