Glencruiten’s Robert MacIntyre went undefeated in the singles, but he and Scottish colleague Connor Syme were powerless to prevent the US claiming an emphatic Walker Cup victory.
The in-form United States won back amateur’s golf biggest team title by defeating Great Britain and Ireland 19 – 7 at the Los Angeles Country Club.
The match was tied at 2 – 2 after Saturday’s morning foursomes, but the home side dominated the afternoon’s singles to open an 8 – 4 lead. They then won Sunday’s foursomes 3-1 and the final singles matches 8 – 2 to secure a comfortable victory.
The US regained a trophy they lost at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2015, while home teams have now won 11 of the past 13 Walker Cups, with GB&I’s last win in America in 2001.
MacIntyre, who enjoyed the challenge with Drumoig’s Syme said: “It’s a momentum game, the team events. So after the doubles on the first day, we stalled and the momentum just started to switch. Once we were going against the tide, it was hard to get back.”
The left-hander, who intends to go to European Tour Q School Stage 2 later this year as an amateur, took 1.5 points from his two singles ties, while Syme was victorious in the Saturday foursomes with Irishman Paul McBride.
MacIntyre added: “It was an unbelievable experience and something I’ll never forget. There’s not many people who get the opportunity to play in the Walker Cup, so it’s one of the things I’ll cherish.”