1997 Walker Cup

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36th Walker Cup Match
Dates August 9–10, 1997
Venue Quaker Ridge Golf Club
Location Scarsdale, New York
Captains
United States 18 6 United Kingdom
Republic of Ireland
United States wins the Walker Cup

The 1997 Walker Cup, the 36th Walker Cup Match, was played on August 9 and 10, 1997, at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, New York. The event was won by the United States 18 to 6.

Format[edit]

The format for play on Saturday and Sunday 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 is worth one point in the larger team competition. If a match is all square after the 18th hole extra holes are not played. Rather, each side earns ½ a point toward their team total. The team that accumulates at least 12½ points wins the competition. If the two teams are tied, the previous winner retains the trophy.

Teams[edit]

Ten players for the USA and Great Britain & Ireland participate in the event plus one non-playing captain for each team.

United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Team Great Britain & Ireland
Name Age Hometown Notes
Wales Clive Brown 45 Gwynedd, Wales non-playing captain
Scotland Michael Brooks 25 Lanark, Scotland
Republic of Ireland Richard Coughlan 23 Birr, County Offaly, Ireland
Scotland Barclay Howard 44 Johnstone, Scotland Low amateur in the 1995 Open Championship; played in 1995 Walker Cup
Republic of Ireland Keith Nolan 24 Bray, Ireland
Wales David Park 23 Credenhill, Wales
Scotland Graham Rankin 31 Airdrie, Scotland Played in the 1995 Walker Cup
England Justin Rose 17 Hook, Hart, England Youngest player to ever compete in Walker Cup
Scotland Craig Watson 31 Glasgow, Scotland
England Gary Wolstenholme 36 Market Harborough, England Played in the 1995 Walker Cup
England Steven Young 20 Fraserburgh, Scotland
United States   Team USA
Name Age Hometown Notes
Downing Gray 58 Pensacola, Florida non-playing captain
Jerry Courville, Jr. 38 Milford, Connecticut 1995 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Duke Delcher 41 Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Brad Elder 22 Overland Park, Kansas
Jason Gore 23 Valencia, California Won 1997 California Amateur and California Open
John Harris 45 Edina, Minnesota 1993 U.S. Amateur champion; played in 1993 Walker Cup
Joel Kribel 20 Pleasanton, California
Randy Leen 21 Dayton, Ohio
Buddy Marucci 45 Malvern, Pennsylvania Played in 1995 Walker Cup; 1995 U.S. Amateur runner-up
Steve Scott 19 Coral Springs, Florida 1996 U.S. Amateur runner-up
Chris Wollmann 22 Parma, Ohio 1995 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion

Saturday's matches[edit]

Morning foursomes[edit]

United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Results United States
Howard/Young United States 4 and 3 Elder/Kribel
Rose/Brooks United States 5 and 4 Courville/Marucci
Wolstenholme/Nolan United States 6 and 4 Gore/Harris
Coughlan/Park United States 1 up Leen/Wollmann
0 Foursomes 4
0 Overall 4

Afternoon singles[edit]

United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Results United States
Craig Watson United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 1 up Steve Scott
Steven Young United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 5 and 4 Duke Delcher
Barclay Howard United States 5 and 4 Brad Elder
Justin Rose United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 1 up Joel Kribel
Keith Nolan United States 3 and 2 Randy Leen
Graham Rankin United States 3 and 2 Jason Gore
Richard Coughlan halved Chris Wollmann
Gary Wolstenholme United States 1 up John Harris
Singles
Overall

Sunday's matches[edit]

Morning foursomes[edit]

United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Results United States
Watson/Young United States 3 and 2 Elder/Harris
Howard/Rankin United States 5 and 4 Courville/Marucci
Coughlan/Park United States 1 up Delcher/Scott
Wolstenholme/Rose United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 and 1 Leen/Wollmann
1 Foursomes 3
Overall 11½

Afternoon singles[edit]

United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Results United States
Steven Young United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 and 1 Joel Kribel
Craig Watson halved Jason Gore
Justin Rose United States 3 and 2 Jerry Courville
Keith Nolan United States 2 and 1 Brad Elder
Michael Brooks United States 6 and 5 John Harris
David Park United States 4 and 3 Buddy Marucci
Gary Wolstenholme United States 2 and 1 Duke Delcher
Richard Coughlan United States 2 and 1 Steve Scott
Singles
6 Overall 18

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