Walker Cup

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Walker Cup
2015 Walker Cup logo.jpg
Tournament information
Location 2017: Los Angeles
Established 1922
Course(s) 2017: Los Angeles Country Club
Par TBA
Length TBA
Format Match play
Current champion
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
2015 Walker Cup

The Walker Cup is a golf trophy contested in odd numbered years by leading amateur golfers in two teams: United States, and Great Britain and Ireland. The official name is the Walker Cup Match (not "Matches" as in Ryder Cup Matches). It is organised by The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA). In 1921 the Royal Liverpool Golf Club hosted an unofficial contest which was followed by official annual contests from 1922 through 1924. From 1925 they became biennial, held on even number years. After World War Two they switched to odd numbered years. They are held alternately in the U.S. and Britain.

The cup is named in honor of George Herbert Walker who was president of the USGA in 1920 when the match was initiated. Walker is the grandfather and namesake of George H. W. Bush and great-grandfather of George W. Bush, the 41st and 43rd Presidents of the United States, respectively.

Unlike the Ryder Cup, which similarly began as a competition between the U.S. and the United Kingdom, the Walker Cup has never been expanded to include all European amateur golfers who would otherwise be eligible.

As of 2015, the U.S. led the Walker Cup series 35 to 9, with one halved match (draw), but the two teams have been more evenly matched since 1989 when the Great Britain and Ireland team ended the U.S. team's eight-match winning run. From 1989 through 2015, the team have 7 wins each. Also, the 1989 match and the three matches from 2003 to 2007 were all decided by a single point.

Founding of the Cup[edit]

Hoylake 1921[edit]

A team of American amateur golfers travelled in Britain in 1921, their objective being to win The Amateur Championship at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake). A match between American and British amateur golfers was played on May 21, immediately before The Amateur Championship. This match was announced in The Times on May 10. The Times reports that the match was arranged by Gershom Stewart M.P., Chairman of Royal Liverpool Golf Club.[1]

Format[edit]

The Walker Cup employs a combination of foursomes (alternate-shot) and singles competition and was originally the format used for the professional equivalent Ryder Cup. Up to 1961, 36 holes matches were played: four foursomes on the first day and eight singles matches on the second day. From 1963, 18 hole matches were played, with four foursomes and eight singles matches on each day. In 2009, the number of singles matches on the second day was increased to 10, so that all members of the team play on this final afternoon.[2]

Results[edit]

Half points for halved matches were first awarded in 1971. Note that in the following table, half points for halved matches are included in the total scores prior to 1971 for consistency with later years. The following scores include halved matches: 1923: 1, 1926: 1, 1932: 3, 1934: 1, 1936: 3, 1938: 1, 1951: 3, 1957: 1, 1963: 4, 1965: 2, 1967: 4, 1969: 6

Source:[3][4][5]

Year Venue Winning team Score Losing team Captains
2015 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
16½ United States United States United States John "Spider" Miller
United Kingdom Nigel Edwards
2013 National Golf Links of America United States United States 17 9 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Jim Holtgrieve
United Kingdom Nigel Edwards
2011 Royal Aberdeen Golf Club United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
14 12 United States United States United States Jim Holtgrieve
United Kingdom Nigel Edwards
2009 Merion Golf Club United States United States 16½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Buddy Marucci
United Kingdom Colin Dalgleish
2007 Royal County Down Golf Club United States United States 12½ 11½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Buddy Marucci
United Kingdom Colin Dalgleish
2005 Chicago Golf Club United States United States 12½ 11½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Bob Lewis
United Kingdom Garth McGimpsey
2003 Ganton Golf Club United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
12½ 11½ United States United States United States Bob Lewis
United Kingdom Garth McGimpsey
2001 Ocean Forest Golf Club United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
15 9 United States United States United States Danny Yates
United Kingdom Peter McEvoy
1999 Nairn Golf Club United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
15 9 United States United States United States Danny Yates
United Kingdom Peter McEvoy
1997 Quaker Ridge Golf Club United States United States 18 6 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Downing Gray
United Kingdom Clive Brown
1995 Royal Porthcawl Golf Club United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
14 10 United States United States United States Downing Gray
United Kingdom Clive Brown
1993 Interlachen Country Club United States United States 19 5 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Vinny Giles
United Kingdom George MacGregor
1991 Portmarnock Golf Club United States United States 14 10 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Jim Gabrielsen
United Kingdom George MacGregor
1989 Peachtree Golf Club United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
12½ 11½ United States United States United States Fred Ridley
United Kingdom Geoffrey Marks
1987 Sunningdale Golf Club United States United States 16½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Fred Ridley
United Kingdom Geoffrey Marks
1985 Pine Valley Golf Club United States United States 13 11 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Jay Sigel
United Kingdom Charles Wilson Green
1983 Royal Liverpool Golf Club United States United States 13½ 10½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Jay Sigel
United Kingdom Charles Wilson Green
1981 Cypress Point Club United States United States 15 9 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Jim Gabrielsen
United Kingdom Rodney Foster
1979 Muirfield United States United States 15½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Dick Siderowf
United Kingdom Rodney Foster
1977 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club United States United States 16 8 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Lewis Oehmig
United Kingdom Sandy Saddler
1975 Old Course at St Andrews United States United States 15½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Ed Updegraff
United Kingdom David Marsh
1973 The Country Club United States United States 14 10 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Jess Sweetser
United Kingdom David Marsh
1971 Old Course at St Andrews United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
13 11 United States United States United States John M. Winters
United Kingdom Michael Bonallack
1969 Milwaukee Country Club United States United States 13 11 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Billy Joe Patton
United Kingdom Michael Bonallack
1967 Royal St George's Golf Club United States United States 15 9 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Jess Sweetser
Republic of Ireland Joe Carr
1965 Baltimore Country Club United States United States 12 12 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States John Fischer
Republic of Ireland Joe Carr
1963 Turnberry United States United States 14 10 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Richard Tufts
United Kingdom Charles D. Lawrie
1961 Seattle Golf Club United States United States 11 1 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Jack Westland
United Kingdom Charles D. Lawrie
1959 Muirfield United States United States 9 3 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Charles Coe
United Kingdom Gerald Micklem
1957 The Minikahda Club United States United States United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Charles Coe
United Kingdom Gerald Micklem
1955 Old Course at St Andrews United States United States 10 2 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States William C. Campbell
United Kingdom G. Alec Hill
1953 The Kittansett Club United States United States 9 3 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Charlie Yates
United Kingdom Tony Duncan
1951 Royal Birkdale Golf Club United States United States United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Willie Turnesa
United Kingdom Raymond Oppenheimer
1949 Winged Foot Golf Club United States United States 10 2 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Francis Ouimet
United Kingdom Percy Lucas
1947 Old Course at St Andrews United States United States 8 4 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Francis Ouimet
United Kingdom John B. Beck
1940-46: Not held due to World War II
1940 Town & Country Club 1940 event was awarded to The Town & Country Club of St. Paul, Minnesota
but the matches were canceled one month prior due to World War II
1938 Old Course at St Andrews United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States United States United States Francis Ouimet
United Kingdom John B. Beck
1936 Pine Valley Golf Club United States United States 10½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Francis Ouimet
United Kingdom William Tweddell
1934 Old Course at St Andrews United States United States United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Francis Ouimet
United Kingdom Michael Scott
1932 The Country Club United States United States United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Francis Ouimet
United Kingdom Tony Torrance
1930 Royal St George's Golf Club United States United States 10 2 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Bobby Jones
United Kingdom Roger Wethered
1928 Chicago Golf Club United States United States 11 1 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Bobby Jones
United Kingdom William Tweddell
1926 Old Course at St Andrews United States United States United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Robert A. Gardner
United Kingdom Robert Harris
1924 Garden City Golf Club United States United States 9 3 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Robert A. Gardner
United Kingdom Cyril Tolley
1923 Old Course at St Andrews United States United States United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Robert A. Gardner
United Kingdom Robert Harris
1922 National Golf Links of America United States United States 8 4 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States William C. Fownes Jr.
United Kingdom Robert Harris

USA have won 35 matches, Great Britain and Ireland have won 9 with 1 match tied.

Future sites[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The "Invasion" Begins – American Golfers at Liverpool". The Times. 1921 (May 10): 10. 
  2. ^ "New Format Twist: Sunday Singles Matches Increase By Two - 2009 Walker Cup Match". USGA. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Walker Cup results". USGA. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Walker Cup Match September 10-11, 2011" (PDF). USGA. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Walker Cup - History". R&A. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "44th Walker Cup Match - Fact Sheet". Walker Cup. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Royal Liverpool to host 2019 Walker Cup". R&A. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 

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