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won, 18-6, at Quaker Ridge. Previously only five players in Walker Cup history recorded perfect records, but McNealy, Morikawa and Doug Ghim from Arlington Heights, Ill., all posted 4-0 records. Morikawa, of La Canada Flintridge and Cal, teamed with Xiong for a 2-up victory over Connor Syme of Scotland and Paul McBride of Ireland in morn- ing foursomes, and finished off his per- fect record with a 2-and-1 victory over Harry Ellis of England. "It's definitely an honor, something I'll always remember," said Morikawa, the 2017 Northeast Amateur champion. "It's an awesome day. I didn't play my best, but I was able to minimize my mistakes. I got behind, but I came back and then held on to win. "It's something special and you can't really explain what it is. I wasn't really nervous on the first tee, in the first shot for the U.S. on Saturday morning, but you just kind of are excited and thrilled that you can get out there and hit a tee ball for your country." McNealy, the Stanford All-American from Portola Valley, teamed with Ghim, a senior at the University of Texas, to beat Matthew Jordan of England and Robert MacIntyre of Scotland, 3-and- 2, in foursomes before winning their singles matches. Cameron Champ of Sacramento and Texas A&M halved his singles match with MacIntyre and finished with a 1-2-1 record, as every player on the American side recorded at least one full point. Overall, the five California team members directly contributed to 12 of the points scored for the U.S. (11 wins and two halves, combining singles and foursomes results). Ghim, the reigning Pacific Coast Amateur champion, defeated Jordan, 3 and 1, while McNealy downed Alfie Plant of England, 4 and 2. "The record is great, but the most important thing is the U.S. team wanted the trophy and we got it," said McNealy, who went 0-2-1 in the Walker Cup two years ago. "I'm proud to be a part of the 2017 U.S. Walker Cup team. I'm so glad we could win this for our team, win this for Captain Miller and win this for the country. "This was the end of my amateur career and it means so much to me. I know those guys out there (in profes- sional golf) are good, but hopefully I can keep going, play good golf and win some more tournaments." McNealy will make his pro debut next month in the PGA Tour's Safeway Open at Silverado Resort in Napa. The Americans recorded a dominat- ing 7-1-2 mark in singles in the final session. Other U.S. victories came when Braden Thornberry, the 2017 NCAA Division I individual champion from the University of Mississippi and Olive Branch, Miss., trounced McBride, 6 and 5; Scottie Sheffler of Dallas downed Syme, 1 up, and Will Zalatoris of Plano, Texas, defeated Jack Davidson of Wales, 3 and 2. David Boote of England and Stanford provided GB&I with its only full point of the final session with a 1-up vic- tory over Doc Redman, the 2016 U.S. Amateur champion from Raleigh, N.C. The Americans took a 36-9-1 lead in the series that dates to 1922, although the Americans hold only an 8-7 lead since 1989. The home team has won the Walker Cup in 11 of the last 13 meetings. Collin Morikawa of La Canada Flintridge won the 2016 Northeast Amateur after earning Freshman of the Year honors in the Pac-12 at Cal, in addition to being named to the Freshman All-American team. Now a junior at Cal, Morikawa has a career-high of No. 4 in the Golfweek-Sagarin amateur golf rankings. COPYRIGHT USGA/CHRIS KEANE 20 SEPT/OCT 2017 / W A L K E R C U P /

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