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Great Britain-Ireland Stave Off Americans Again
The Great Britain-Ireland team earned its second straight win in the Walker Cup, handily beating the Americans 15-9. The victory allowed the Great Britain-Ireland team to retain the Walker Cup for the first time in the amateur eventís 79-year history. The victory margin was identical to that of the previous match in 1999, which was held at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland, when GB&I scored its most points in Walker Cup history.
The 2001 matches were held at Sea Island, Georgia, supposedly a home-field advantage for the Americans. But the GB&I team won 9 Ĺ points from 12 matches to claim the Walker Cup for the fourth time in the past seven events. The winning team was led by NCAA champion (Northwestern University) Luke Donald and 40-year-old Gary Wolstenholme.