PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (June 26, 2010) - ETSU rising senior Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England) dropped a hard-fought singles match on the final day of the Palmer Cup Saturday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, dropping his match to American Scott Langley 1-up. Enoch finished his Palmer Cup experience 1-3 over the three-day event.
The American, who entered the day leading 9-7, ultimately claimed the Cup with a 13-11 victory. It is the first time the Americans have won in Europe since 2002, and the U.S. now leads the all-time series 7-6-1.
Enoch's match became a decisive one, as with six matches in the clubhouse only American's John Chin and Langley remained on the course for the United States. Chin had led most of his match - including 3-up after three holes - but his opponent Patrick Spraggs battled back to take the lead after No. 15. Chin evened the match after 17 putting himself into a position for either a half or a win to clinch the match for the Americans.
Langley meanwhile had led most of his match but had been holding a 1-up advantage since No. 13. While Chin and Spraggs were in the fairway on No. 18, Langley clinched the match for America, ensuring at least a half when both he and Rhys Enoch parred No. 17. Chin would go on to drop his match, 1-down, while Langley would complete his 1-up victory.
Stretching back to 1997, the Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup style competition that pits the best collegiate players from Europe against the best from the United States. Enoch is the 10th ETSU player to participate in the event.
For more on Enoch and the rest of the ETSU men's golf team, visit ETSUBucs.com. For more on the Palmer Cup, visit www.palmercup.org.
Palmer Cup -- Royal Portrush Golf Club
June 26 -- United States defeats Europe, 13-11
Final Round Singles Results
Daniel Miernicki, United States def. James Byrne, Europe, 5 and 3
David Chung, United States def. Henrik Norlander, Europe, 4 and 2
David Lingmerth, Europe def. Jonathan Randolph, United States, 2-up
Pontus Widegren, Europe def. Corey Nagy, United States, 6 and 5
Patrick Spraggs, Europe def. John Chin, United States, 1-up
Scott Langley, United States def. Rhys Enoch, Europe, 1-up
Andrea Pavan, Europe def. Tyson Alexander, United States, 2 and 1
Russell Henley, United States def. Jesper Kennegard, Europe, 4 and 2