Ashley Chesters to lead from front again

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  • Chesters hopes to set the tone with early afternoon win
  • Englishman is unbeaten after foursomes success with Mullen
  • GB&I lead the US 10-6 heading into the afternoon singles
THE WALKER CUP

Ashley Chesters is hoping to lead GB&I from the front once more after another successful morning foursomes session extended the team’s lead.

Just like on Saturday morning, Chesters was paired with Jimmy Mullen in the opening foursomes match, and they took down previously unbeaten Beau Hossler and partner Denny McCarthy to seal a 3&2 win and pick up GB&I’s first point of a session which finished 3-1, pushing the advantage out to 10-6 heading into the afternoon singles.

"It's going to be a pretty close and tough afternoon" - Ashley Chesters

And the Englishman, who halved the opening singles match with Bryson DeChambeau yesterday and will play against Open Championship Silver Medal winner Jordan Niebrugge in match one this afternoon, says he relishes leading the GB&I side out.

“I enjoy it,” Chesters, who was 2DN after two along with Mullen in this morning’s match, told bunkered.co.uk. “I’m a pretty quick player so it’s good to be able to get on with it. Nigel’s picked me first for each session in the hope that I can go out there and get an early point so hopefully I can do that again in what’s going to be a pretty close and tough afternoon.”

All of Nigel Edwards’ foursomes pairings remained the same from Saturday and Scot Jack McDonald and Cormac Sharvin once again produced in the third match – although it ended up being a lot closer than they would’ve intended.

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2015 Walker Cup - Day Two

The duo, who won 5&4 over Niebrugge and Robby Shelton yesterday, were 4UP after six holes against Lee McCoy and Hunter Stewart. But by the 13th it was all square and after taking a 1UP lead going down 18, they were handed the win after Stewart sliced his tee shot into the thick gorse.

“Today’s win was a lot sweeter because we had to grind it so much more,” said Sharvin. “It was a bit disappointing that Hunter had to hit it in the gorse on the last – we would’ve liked to have had a putt to win – but it’s another point on the board for GB&I so we’re delighted about that.”

Elswhere, Paul Dunne and Gary Hurley battled back from 2DN with five to play to defeat Mike McCoy and Scott Harvey on the 18th, while Gavin Moynihan and Jack Hume were beaten 3&2 by DeChambeau and Robby Shelton.

Sunday foursomes

Chesters/Mullen 3&2 beat Hossler/McCarthy;
Dunne/Hurley 1 hole beat M. McCoy/Harvey;
Sharvin/McDonald 2 holes beat Stewart/L. McCoy;
Moynihan/Hume 3&2 lost to DeChambeau/Shelton.

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