Caolan makes impression on Walker Cup debut

Although Great Britain & Ireland failed to retain the Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake over the weekend, Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty enjoyed every minute of his debut in amateur golf’s most famous team competition.
On Saturday afternoon he marked his debut with a 2&1 win against America’s Alex Smalley before losing by the same margin to the same player on Sunday afternoon.
Every step of the way on Saturday and Sunday he was cheered along by a large band of supporters from Dundalk, Greenore and other golf clubs in the North East as the region’s golfing community firmly got behind their man.
Not surprisingly, Caolan was thrilled to have that support throughout the weekend.
“The support was unbelievable. They are deadly. The shouting and roaring, which you need, was definitely a big help and I would just like to thank everybody who came over to support me,” said Rafferty as he reflected on the biggest week of his amateur career.
“It’s been a great week. They were a great bunch of lads and it’s a pity the result didn’t go our way but it was a fantastic experience and I enjoyed every bit of it.”
The 26-year-old only played two singles matches after he and his partner James Sugrue were left out of the foursomes on both days but he had no complaints saying that himself and his partner had been expecting it after not performing well in practice although team captain Craig Watson admitted it was a close call as there was little to choose between the five pairings at his disposal.

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