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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Kevin Phelan
Nathan Smith won the deciding point in the United States' 17-9 victory over Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup on Sunday, beating England's Nathan Kimsey 4 and 3 in the fifth singles match at historic National Golf Links of America.
The first group had completed seven holes in about two hours when the horn sounded Thursday morning. Thunder, lightning and drenching rains soon sent fans scurrying for cover.
Clouds gave way to sun, squeegees gave way to putters, and the 13th hole gave way to birdies during the first round of the U.S. Open's return to Merion Golf Club.
Cheng-Tsung Pan had a pretty good day on the course. He felt even better about it when he scanned the scores.
"It's always nice to be able to compare yourself to the best in the world," Phelan said. "It's the first time I've had a round anywhere close to them. It's nice, but there's a long way to go."
"It certainly can't hurt," said Phelan, 22, who lives in St. Augustine, Fla.