Nigel Edwards delighted with GB&I start

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  • Nigel Edwards side lead the USA 3-1 after morning foursomes
  • 'Great preparation' helped GB&I on the course
  • First hole proved a tough start for all players
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Nigel Edwards has said Great Britain and Ireland’s have enjoyed ‘a very good morning’ after taking charge of the first session of the Walker Cup.

GB&I are 3-1 ahead following the morning foursomes, and Nigel Edwards was extremely pleased with how his players started off the contest at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

“Getting back to the clubhouse 3-1 up after the foursomes is great,” Nigel Edwards exclusively told bunkered.co.uk. “All of the guys had great preparation prior to walking onto the first tee and it showed on the course.

“They were very focussed. They were looking forward to the challenge, and I suspect they were nervous, which was good because it raised their awareness and attention. They were in a good frame of mind and they’ve continued the good form they’ve shown throughout practice this week into the first morning of the event, which is great.

“Jimmy [Mullen] and Ashley [Chesters] deserved their result and so did Cormac [Sharvin] and Jack [McDonald]. The Americans obviously won the point in the second match and I think that’s because they just putted a little better than our guys did. All considered it’s a very good morning session that we can now build on.

 "They were nervous, which is fine, and they keep learning every day.” - Nigel Edwards

The 206-yard par-3 first hole proved a tough start for all foursomes pairings with only two of the eight tee shots played this morning finding the putting surface. While pointing out that it was important to get off to a good start, Edwards also said it is one of the toughest holes the guys face out on the course.

He continued: “It’s 206-yards into the wind and guys are hitting a 3-iron. It’s a tough hole, especially with the wind coming off the right into your face. It’s not an easy tee shot, but they were nervous, which is fine, and they keep learning every day.”

Scots Grant Forrest and Ewen Ferguson take their Walker Cup bow in the afternoon singles with Forrest playing against 37-year-old Scott Harvey, while Ferguson takes on Maverick McNealy, America’s top collegiate player.

Can Nigel Edwards' side extend their lead?

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