Kent golfers Richard Wallis and Benn Barham help GB and Ireland to pull off great comeback in PGA Cup against the United States
Kent golfers Richard Wallis and Benn Barham both played key roles as the Great Britain & Ireland team almost pulled off an incredible Ryder Cup-style comeback in their PGA Cup clash with the United States at De Vere Slaley Hall in Northumberland.
Walmer & Kingsdown star Wallis (top right) and Kings Hill-based Barham both featured prominently as GB & I hit back from being 10½-5½ down after the opening two day fourballs and foursomes to tie the match 13-13.
It was still sufficient for the US team to retain the Llandudno Trophy as cup holders but it was Wallis, Barham and their team-mates were delighted with their efforts.
Wallis picked up 2½ points from his four matches, including beating the American team’s top player Bob Sowards 3&2 in the singles on Sunday, but had to pull out of the fourballs on Saturday because of food poisoning.
Barham also won his singles 4&3 on the final day leaving team captain Russell Weir marvelling at his side’s achievement said: “That was phenomenal – the best I’ve seen.”
Wallis said: “My and Benn’s job was to try and get up on the Americans early (in the singles). I wanted to come out and get off to a fast start and got three birdies in the first six holes to go three up and then Bob gave me a couple of holes, so I was five up after eight."
Barham added: “It feels awesome (to have won). I now realise how much the PGA Cup means to everyone. I was trusted with the first game and delivered, so I was happy."
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