Tom Lewis ends amateur career with Walker Cup triumph

PUBLISHED: 11:49 14 September 2011 | UPDATED: 11:55 14 September 2011

Tom Lewis, bottom left, celebrates the Walker Cup win with his GB&I team-mates. Picture courtesy of The R&A.

Tom Lewis, bottom left, celebrates the Walker Cup win with his GB&I team-mates. Picture courtesy of The R&A.

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WELWYN Garden City’s Tom Lewis ended his amateur golf career in style by winning the Walker Cup with the Great Britain & Ireland team at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club at the weekend,

As he heads into the professional game, the former Monk’s Walk School pupil signed off by helping GB&I win back the Walker Cup from their American opponents 14-12.

Lewis opened the event alongside Michael Stewart in the foursomes against Peter Uihlein and Harris English, with the Herts ace and his playing partner claiming a win 2&1.

The morning’s foursomes ended with GB&I taking an important 3-1 lead.

In the singles, the two sides both claimed four victories each, Lewis was beaten 2&1 in his match-up with Uihlein.

After Saturday’s day one the home nation led 7-5 and had high hopes of ending the USA’s streak of winning the biennial encounter three times on the trot.

Sunday morning again saw foursome action with Lewis and Stewart halving their match with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Rodgers.

GB&I triumphed in the following three foursome matches to extend their lead to 10-and-a-half to five-and-a-half.

The singles again saw Lewis beaten this time 4&2 by Russell Henley, it was a slightly disappointing way for him to end his amateur career.

However, he was to be celebrating victory with his team that evening.

GB&I were beaten three-and-a-half to 6-and-a-half by the Americans, however they claimed a 14-12 overall victory.

After the triumph Lewis, who won the silver medal at The Open Championship, told the WHT: “I’m really happy for the team coming through annd winning in the three most important sessions.

“Getting off to a strong start was key to building our lead and giving all the players confidence going into Sunday.

“The [Sunday] morning foursomes was the session that made it for us.

“It was important to win that, and winning 3.5 out of four was great, only needing three points from 10 to win.”

Despite the team success, the Times Territory talent was not so pleased with his personal display.

“I feel disappointed I didn’t perform to that standard that was set for me and I feel I let the team down not winning from the front,” he added.

“I feel a little embarrassed I wasn’t able to put on a good show for our nations, but if you don’t play your best against the best amateurs in the world you will get beaten.

“But I was pleased to be on the winning side and feel so pleased to be a part of a great team.

“I had great support from family and friends and all the people from my home town of Welwyn Garden City.

“Thank you all so much.

“I hope to perform to a high level in my career when I turn professional on Friday at Welwyn Garden City Golf Club.”

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