2011 Walker Cup

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43rd Walker Cup Match
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Dates 10–11 September 2011
Venue Royal Aberdeen Golf Club
Location Aberdeen, Scotland
Captains
United Kingdom
Republic of Ireland
14 12 United States
Great Britain & Ireland wins the Walker Cup
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The 43rd Walker Cup Match was played on 10 and 11 September 2011 at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom. Team Great Britain and Ireland won 14 to 12.[1][2][3]

Format[edit]

On Saturday, there are four matches of foursomes in the morning and eight singles matches in the afternoon. On Sunday, there are again four matches of foursomes in the morning, followed by ten singles matches (involving every player) in the afternoon. In all, 26 matches are played.

Each of the 26 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 13½ points wins the competition. In the event of a tie, the previous winner retains the Cup.

Course[edit]

The matches were played on the Balgownie Links of the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland, which is a par 71 course. The club was founded in 1780, and is the sixth-oldest golf club in the world. The club moved to the Balgownie Links in 1888, and has hosted a number of Scottish tournaments (including the Boys Amateur Championship) and the 2005 Senior British Open Championship.[4] The club has one other course, named the Silverburn.

Teams[edit]

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

United States   Team USA
Name Rank Age Hometown Notes
Jim Holtgrieve 63 Ft. Myers, Florida non-playing captain
Blayne Barber 51 21 Lake City, Florida Won 2009 Florida State Amateur; member 2011 Palmer Cup team
Patrick Cantlay 1 19 Los Alamitos, California Low amateur at 2011 U.S. Open
Harris English 6 22 Thomasville, Georgia Won 2011 Children's Hospital Invitational
Russell Henley 20 22 Macon, Georgia Won 2011 Stadion Classic; tied low amateur at 2010 U.S. Open
Kelly Kraft 12 22 Dallas, Texas Won 2011 U.S. Amateur
Patrick Rodgers 3 18 Avon, Indiana Won 2011 Porter Cup
Nathan Smith 108 33 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Three-time U.S. Mid-Amateur winner; played 2009 Walker Cup
Jordan Spieth 2 18 Dallas, Texas Won 2009 and 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur
Peter Uihlein 4 21 Orlando, Florida Won 2010 U. S. Amateur; played 2009 Walker Cup
Chris Williams 10 20 Moscow, Idaho Qualified for 2011 U.S. Open, won 2011 Pacific Coast Amateur
United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Team Great Britain & Ireland
Name Rank Age Hometown Notes
Wales Nigel Edwards 43 Caerphilly, Wales non-playing captain
England Steven Brown 23 24 Wentworth, England Won 2011 English Amateur
Scotland James Byrne 66 22 Banchory, Scotland Runner-up in 2010 Amateur Championship
Northern Ireland Paul Cutler 24 22 Portstewart, Northern Ireland Won 2010 Lytham Trophy, 2011 Irish Amateur Closed and West of Ireland
Northern Ireland Alan Dunbar 216 21 Rathmore, County Antrim, Northern Ireland Won 2010 Irish Amateur Open and North of Ireland Amateur
England Stiggy Hodgson 33 21 Sunningdale, England Runner-up at 2011 Spanish Amateur; played 2009 Walker Cup
England Tom Lewis 7 20 Welwyn Garden City, England Low amateur at 2011 Open Championship, led after first round
Wales Rhys Pugh 75 17 Vale of Glamorgan, Wales Won 2011 Irish Amateur Open
England Jack Senior 11 23 Heysham, England Won 2011 Lytham Trophy
Scotland Michael Stewart 14 21 Troon, Scotland Runner-up in 2011 Amateur Championship
England Andy Sullivan 5 24 Nuneaton, England Won 2011 Scottish Stroke Play; runner-up in 2011 Brabazon Trophy

Note: World Amateur Golf Ranking as of 4 September 2011.

Saturday's matches[edit]

Morning foursomes[edit]

United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Results United States
Lewis/Stewart United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 and 1 Uihlein/English
Senior/Sullivan United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 and 1 Henley/Kraft
Cutler/Dunbar United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 5 and 4 Smith/Barber
Brown/Hodgson United States 5 and 3 Cantlay/Williams
3 Foursomes 1
3 Overall 1

Afternoon singles[edit]

United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Results United States
Tom Lewis United States 2 and 1 Peter Uihlein
Jack Senior United States 3 and 2 Jordan Spieth
Andy Sullivan United States 2 and 1 Harris English
Rhys Pugh United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 and 1 Patrick Rodgers
Steven Brown United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 1 up Russell Henley
James Byrne United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 and 1 Nathan Smith
Paul Cutler United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 and 1 Kelly Kraft
Michael Stewart United States 2 and 1 Patrick Cantlay
4 Singles 4
7 Overall 5

Sunday's matches[edit]

Morning foursomes[edit]

United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Results United States
Lewis/Stewart halved Spieth/Rodgers
Senior/Sullivan United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 3 and 2 Uihlein/English
Cutler/Dunbar United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 and 1 Kraft/Barber
Byrne/Pugh United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 5 and 3 Cantlay/Williams
Foursomes ½
10½ Overall

Afternoon singles[edit]

United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Results United States
Tom Lewis United States 4 and 2 Russell Henley
Andy Sullivan United States 3 and 2 Jordan Spieth
Jack Senior halved Nathan Smith
Michael Stewart United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 3 and 2 Patrick Rodgers
Stiggy Hodgson United States 2 and 1 Peter Uihlein
Steven Brown halved Blayne Barber
Rhys Pugh United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 and 1 Kelly Kraft
Alan Dunbar United States 1 up Chris Williams
James Byrne United States 2 and 1 Harris English
Paul Cutler halved Patrick Cantlay
Singles
14 Overall 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Britain & Ireland wins Walker Cup
  2. ^ "GB&I beat USA at Royal Aberdeen". BBC Sport. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Great Britain and Ireland defeat US thanks to Jack Senior service". Daily Telegraph. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Royal Aberdeen Golf Club History". 

External links[edit]

2009 Walker Cup
United States 16½ United KingdomRepublic of Ireland
2011 Walker Cup
United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 14 United States 12
2013 Walker Cup
United States 17 United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 9

Coordinates: 57°10′42″N 2°05′01″W / 57.1782°N 2.0837°W / 57.1782; -2.0837