Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

U.S. Storms to Big Lead on Day 2 at Concession

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

U.S. Storms to Big Lead on Day 2 at Concession

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GOLF: Americans have 12-6 lead over Great Britian and Ireland

The United States unleashed the full fury of its lineup on the Great Britain & Ireland team Friday, surging to a 71/2-11/2 victory so decisive that the U.S. needs only 61/2 points from today's 18 singles matches to win the inaugural Concession Cup.

"We would have to do something bad to not be able to maintain a lead," said Vinny Giles, the U.S. captain, whose team has a 12-6 lead through two rounds. "I didn't think it would be this good."

Underdog Great Britain & Ireland, struggling with the Concession Golf Club greens, would have to win twice as many points today as it earned in the first two days combined, in order to avoid losing.

"We're in serious trouble," said GB&I's Maurice Kelly.

If today's matches are unable to be completed due to weather, the outcome will revert to Friday's totals and the U.S. team will be declared the winner.

If GB&I should somehow pull off enough victories to tie, then the Cup would be shared. There would be no playoff.

"It's never over until it's over, so I think we'll all play hard (today)," said Mike McCoy, the reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion. "We're pleasantly surprised we've got a little cushion. Hopefully the weather will let us get our matches in."

Both Giles, who made a 60-foot putt for birdie on the second hole, and playing partner George Zahringer exemplified the U.S. play.

"George one-putted 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and every one of them counted, either to tie or win a hole," Giles said. "We never made a mistake, never made a bogey all day. Somebody did the right thing every hole."

Putting was the GB&I team's downfall, according to its captain, Garth McGimpsey. "We're not holing enough putts and we're struggling to read them," McGimpsey said. "The Americans just outshot us today. These greens are faster than we're used to. …

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