Graduation time

Yes, it was England’s turn. The Home Internationals at Hillside finished with the team that had seven Walker Cup players in it at the top. I guess that in a way is what one could expect given that the other teams had three Walker Cup players between them. But the again, golf usually is not what you can expect. It is more like a box of chocolate, as Forrest Gump would have put it – you never know what you are going to get. Looking at the total number of match points that the two leading teams got, Scotland actually came out on top. Out of 15 points per day (5 foursomes and 10 singles) times three days for a total of 45 possible points, they took 30. England got to 29.5. I would say that is pretty impressive. But as the Championship is about how many teams you beat, it was England’s week.

I started the week at a very wet Gleneagles where the European Tour has stopped this week. Some of the players of this year’s Home Internationals teams will no doubt want to be there next year. Some of the probably will too. After the Walker Cup it will be up to them to go out and find a job. In professional golf that means going to a pretty rigorous interview process called Qualifying School, usually with a record breaking number of applicants each year. I hope they do find a job – and if not, there is always the alternative of another year at university, in amateur golf. Not all careers have that option!

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