1971 Walker Cup

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23rd Walker Cup Match
Dates26–27 May 1971
VenueOld Course at St Andrews
LocationSt Andrews, Scotland
Captains
United Kingdom
Republic of Ireland
13 11 United States
Great Britain & Ireland wins the Walker Cup
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The 1971 Walker Cup, the 23rd Walker Cup Match, was played on 26 and 27 May 1971, on the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland. The event was won by Great Britain & Ireland 13 to 11, their first win in the event since 1938.

Although Great Britain and Ireland won all the first morning foursomes, the United States won six of the eight singles and held a one point lead after the first day.[1] The United States lead increased to two points after the second day foursomes. However Great Britain and Ireland won six of the eight singles matches to win the Walker Cup for the first time since World War II.[2]

Format[edit]

The format for play on Wednesday and Thursday was the same. There were four matches of foursomes in the morning and eight singles matches in the afternoon. In all, 24 matches were played.

Each of the 24 matches was worth one point in the larger team competition. If a match was all square after the 18th hole extra holes were not played. Rather, each side earned ½ a point toward their team total. The team that accumulated at least 12½ points won the competition. If the two teams were tied, the previous winner would retain the trophy.

Teams[edit]

Ten players for the United States and Great Britain & Ireland participated in the event. Great Britain & Ireland had a playing captain, while the United States had a non-playing captain.[3]

Great Britain & Ireland[edit]

United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland
Playing captain: England Michael Bonallack

United States[edit]

United States
Captain: John M. Winters

Wednesday's matches[edit]

Morning foursomes[edit]

United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Results United States
Bonallack/Humphreys United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 1 up Wadkins/Simons
Green/Carr United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 1 up Melnyk/Giles
Marsh/Macgregor United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 & 1 Miller/Farquhar
Macdonald/Foster United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 & 1 Campbell/Kite
4 Foursomes 0
4 Overall 0

Afternoon singles[edit]

United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Results United States
Charlie Green United States 1 up Lanny Wadkins
Michael Bonallack United States 1 up Vinny Giles
Geoff Marks United States 1 up Allen Miller
Scott Macdonald United States 3 & 2 Steve Melnyk
Roddy Carr halved Bill Hyndman
Warren Humphreys United States 1 up Jim Gabrielson
Hugh Stuart United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 3 & 2 John Farquhar
Rodney Foster United States 3 & 2 Tom Kite
Singles
Overall

Thursday's matches[edit]

Morning foursomes[edit]

United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Results United States
Marks/Green United States 1 up Melnyk/Giles
Stuart/Carr United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 1 up Wadkins/Gabrielson
Marsh/Bonallack United States 5 & 4 Miller/Farquhar
Macdonald/Foster halved Campbell/Kite
Foursomes
7 Overall 9

Afternoon singles[edit]

United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Results United States
Michael Bonallack United States 3 & 1 Lanny Wadkins
Hugh Stuart United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 & 1 Vinny Giles
Warren Humphreys United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 & 1 Steve Melnyk
Charlie Green United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 1 up Allen Miller
Roddy Carr United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 up Jim Simons
George Macgregor United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 1 up Jim Gabrielson
David Marsh United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 1 up Bill Hyndman
Geoff Marks United States 3 & 2 Tom Kite
6 Singles 2
13 Overall 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (27 May 1971). "Americans hit back for lead after British clean sweep in foursomes". Glasgow Herald. p. 6.
  2. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (28 May 1971). "Britons stay the course and repeat Walker Cup triumph of 33 years ago". Glasgow Herald. p. 6.
  3. ^ "1971 – St. Andrews". walkercup.co.uk. Retrieved 26 November 2018.