Teaming twice with Oklahoma State standout Peter Uihlein, Pittsburgh’s Nathan Smith won two Foursomes matches in the Walker Cup at Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, PA, September 12-13. On Saturday, the duo beat Great Britain and Ireland’s Gavin Dear & Matt Haines, 2&1. On Sunday, they easily defeated Chris Paisley & Dale Whitnell, 5&4. In his singles match on Sunday, Smith lost of Niall Kearney, 3&2. The USA team won 16.5-9.5. Congratulations to Nathan Smith.
In 1981 at Cypress Point Club for the victorious USA team, Frank Fuhrer, III, Pittsburgh, split two foursomes matches and won his singles match, while Titusville’s Dick VonTacky, split his foursomes matches and lost in singles. In 1971, Jim Simons, Butler, played at Saint Andrews, and lost both his matches, foursomes and singles. However, while on the trip he won the British Amateur at Muirfield. In 1923, S. Davidson Herron, Allegheny, lost both matches, foursomes and singles, at Saint Andrews, and in 1924, playing captain William C. Fownes, Jr., Oakmont, split his foursomes matches and lost his singles match at Garden City GC, Garden City, NY. Frank Fuhrer, III, is the only player from this area to win a singles match in the Walker Cup.