Sep 7, 2013
The 44th Walker Cup begins on Saturday at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y. The 2013 Match will feature former Tennessee Volunteer golfer Garrick Porteous.
Porteous, a 2012 UT graduate, rose to fame with his 2013 British Amateur and 2013 Scottish Amateur Stroke Play Championship victories. The Englishman also competed in the 2013 Open Championship but failed to make the cut.
Porteous will tee off at 7:45 a.m. ET for Saturday's Foursomes with Rhys Pugh. The Great Britain/Ireland team will face Americans Michael Weaver and Todd White. Later in Day 1, Porteous will face Jordan Niebrugge in Saturday's Singles at 1:44 p.m. ET.
The Walker Cup employs a combination of foursomes (alternate-shot) and singles competition and was originally the format used for the professional equivalent Ryder Cup. At this weekend's Walker Cup, eight singles and four foursome matches are played on Saturday and 10 singles matches are played on Sunday, allowing each team member to participate.
Read about How Walker Cup Match Play Works
One point is awarded for a winning match (the match is considered halved if the teams tie and each team receives a 1/2 point). With 26 full points available, the first team to achieve 13 1/2 points wins the Match. If the teams end up tied, the team currently holding the Walker Cup retains it.
Fun fact: The event is actually named after George Herbert Walker (grandfather of George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States and the great-grandfather of George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States), who was the president of the USGA in 1920 when the series began.
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The Walker Cup is a golf trophy contested every other year in odd numbered years between teams comprising the leading amateur golfers of the United States and Great Britain and Ireland. The event is played alternately on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. The 2011 Match was held at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland with the Great Britain and Ireland team winning 14-12.
Garrick Porteous (@gaz_porteous) September 1, 2013