PRESTWICK, Scotland (June 29, 2006) - ETSU rising senior Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) and his European teammates dominated on the first day of the 10th Palmer Cup at the Prestwick Golf Club, taking a 10-2 advantage Thursday following the morning four-ball session and the afternoon singles matches.
Davies won both of his points for the Europeans, improving his overall record in Palmer Cup play to 5-4-1. Davies and teammate Richard Ramsey defeated American's Ryan Blaum and Ryan Baca, 6 and 4, in the morning session, and Davies later defeated Blaum, 4 and 3, in the afternoon. Davies jumped out to a 4-up lead over Blaum after nine holes with wins at the second, fifth, seventh and ninth. Blaum narrowed the gap to two holes with pars at Nos. 11 and 12, but Davies claimed the next two holes and clinched the win by halving the 15th.
The Americans claimed their first point when Ryan Baca defeated Mark Haastrup, 3 and 2. Baca birdied No. 2 and parred the fifth, sixth and 11th to go up four holes, but Haastrup claimed the next two holes to cut the lead in half. Baca extended the lead back to three with a par at No. 15 and won the match when both players parred No. 16.
Play will resume with foursomes matches at Friday.
2006 Palmer Cup presented by Monster at Prestwick Golf Club Day One Results Prestwick Golf Club Prestwick, Scotland
Europe 10, United States 2
Four-Ball Matches Results Alejandro Caņizares/Pablo Martin, Europe def. Brian Harman/Chris Kirk, USA, 5 and 3 Mark Haastrup/Joost Luiten, Europe def. Luke List/Clay Ogden, USA, 4 and 3
Rhys Davies/Richard Ramsey, Europe def. Ryan Baca/Ryan Blaum, USA, 6 and 4 Oscar Floren/Stephen Lewton, Europe def. Roberto Castro/Kevin Larsen, USA, 2 and 1
Day-One Singles Matches Results Pablo Martin, Europe def. Brian Harman, USA, 6 and 5 Alejandro Caņizares, Europe vs. Clay Ogden, USA, 2 and 1 Ryan Baca, USA def. Mark Haastrup, Europe, 3 and 2 Joost Luiten, Europe def. Luke List, USA, 1-up Roberto Castro, USA def. Richard Ramsay, Europe 1-up Oscar Floren, Europe vs. Kevin Larsen, USA, 5 and 4 Stephen Lewton, Europe def. Chris Kirk, USA, 1-up Rhys Davies, Europe def. Ryan Blaum, USA, 4 and 3
Day Two - Foursomes Matches Pairings Alejandro Caņizares/Pablo Martin, Europe vs. Ryan Blaum/Roberto Castro, USA Oscar Floren/Mark Haastrup, Europe vs. Ryan Baca/Clay Ogden, USA Joost Luiten/Richard Ramsay, Europe vs. Brian Harman/Luke List, USA Rhys Davies/Stephen Lewton, Europe vs. Chris Kirk/Kevin Larsen, USA