John Augenstein 2018 19HOYLAKE, England (9/9/19) — Vanderbilt senior John Augenstein once again showed his match-play prowess on Sunday at the 47th Walker Cup, clinching the match for the United States at Royal Liverpool with his 4 and 3 win over Thomas Plumb. Augenstein, one of only four American players to play in all four of the matches, posted a record of 2-1-1 at the competition over the weekend.

“I did not know that my match this afternoon was the clinching point,” said Augenstein, who hails from Owensboro. “You know, when I was on the tee box, I did look at my caddie and say, this could be the clinching point because I had seen the scoreboard on 13 and I knew there was a lot of red up there and I didn’t know when those matches were going to be closed out or whatnot, but I felt like it was going to be somewhere close. But yeah, I mean, it really doesn’t matter who clinches it. The fact is that we’re a team and we won the Walker Cup for each other and for the United States and whoever else that we’re representing. It was really cool, and it was a special moment, but I did not know exactly that I had clinched it.”

The United States trailed 7-5 entering the morning foursomes competition on Sunday morning, but earned 2½ of the four available points in foursomes and then dominated singles play in the afternoon, winning eight of the possible 10 points to take the match 15½ to 10½. The American win was the first on European soil since 2007, when the United States posted a 12½ to 11½ victory.

Augenstein halved his foursomes match this morning, playing alongside U.S. Amateur champion Andy Ogletree, and then won in the afternoon session, 4 and 3. The rising senior won his Saturday singles match, 2 and 1, against Conor Purcell, and dropped his opening foursomes match with Ogletree, 2 and 1, to Purcell and Alex Fitzpatrick.

“We are all so proud of John,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “This is a great day for that team and they certainly showed a lot of resilience in how they competed today. I am proud of how he represented his country, Vanderbilt University, and our golf family. We are really excited to see him and enjoy this moment with him.”



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