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United States Drops Walker Cup

Aug. 12, 2001

Clemson, S.C.– With the help of former Clemson golfer Michael Hoey, the Great Britain and Ireland team defeated the United States in the 38th Walker Cup matches. The event features the top amateur players from the United States against Great Britain and Ireland. This year’s event was head at the Ocean Forest Course in Sea Island, GA.

Hoey, who played at Clemson between 1998-00, combined with teammate Graeme McDowell to defeat Nick Cassini and former Clemson All-American Lucas Glover in the morning alternate shot competition on Sunday, 2 and 1. It was the second win for Hoey in the alternate shot format, as he played on a winning Great Britain and Ireland team on Saturday.

It was a difficult day for former Clemson All-American Lucas Glover and rising junior D.J. Trahan. In addition to the lost alternate shot match to Hoey, Glover lost to Luke Donald in singles play, 3 and 2. Trahan battled back to tie Nick Dougherty on the 16th hole, but then lost the 18th to lose 1 up.

For the weekend, Glover had a 2-2 record, while Trahan finished 1-3. Both will be competing in the United States Amateur, which starts in eight days.

Great Britain and Ireland also won the event in 1999. This is the first time the GBI team has won consecutive Walker Cups. It was just the second time they have won the Cup on American soil.