The 2012 edition of the Walker Cup teed off under hazy skies on Thursday evening at the Kenai Golf Course.
The six groups, three from Kenai and three from Birch Ridge, split 3-3 in alternate-shot competition. In alternate shot, teams of two play just one ball.
Two of the groups tied, with Spencer Tachick and George Stein splitting with Mark Griffin and Chris Murray, and the group of Aaron Andrus and Taylor Jackson tying with John Dahlgren and Mark Azzara.
John Davenport and Eddie Sibolboro defeated the group of Gordon Griffin and Todd Eskelin 4 and 3 (meaning four holes up with three to play), Mike Hollingsworth and Jay Kriner beat Doug Jung and Bob Sizemore 3 and 2, Jack Darcey and his partner beat Jim MacWilliams and Beau Forrest 3 and 2, and the group of Derrick Kaufman and Truckee Lemay defeated Paul Zimmerman and Kevin O’Fallen 6 and 5.
Birch Ridge leads the all-time series 4-2-1, and is looking to win again as the Cup continues tomorrow in best-ball competition at 6 p.m. In best ball, each member of a team plays his own ball, and the best score on the hole is used.
The Cup will then be decided with 12 singles matches on Sunday. Those matches start at 2 p.m.