Ireland retain King’s Cup, despite USA comeback


The Irish team turned in a memorable performance to retain the Kings Cup against the USA at Lough Erne Golf Resort.
Leading by 30 points going into the 16 singles matches Ireland won by eight points afer the USA staged a remarkable comeback at the Sir Nick Faldo designed course, in Co. Fermanagh.
Under competition rules, players receive two points for a hole won, one point each for a hole halved and nothing for a lost hole with Ireland having the better of things on the opening day, finishing a series of fourball and greensomes matches with 303 points to the USA’s 273 points.
With the singles left to play, Ireland needed 576 points to retain the title but the USA put on a comeback winning nine of the 16 singles ties.
International King’s Cup founder, Larry Lunsford, although disappointed to lose for a second time was proud of the USA’s fightback: “All I can say is that I am proud of the team for making such a huge comeback on the last day. It was remarkable, better than anything I have ever seen..
“You know, when we made the turn the teams were level on the day so to make up 22 points over the closing nine holes was a great effort.”

Overall results

Ireland 148 USA 140
Ireland 155 USA 133
Ireland 277 USA 299