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The Walker Cup

The Walker Cup is contested biennially by leading amateur golfers from Great Britain and Ireland and the United States. It is organised by The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA).

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2015 Walker Cup Winners

Great Britain and Ireland

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GB&I were in inspired form as they claimed a record 16½ - 9½ victory over the United States at Royal Lytham & St Annes. They secured the victory with a dominant final day performance that saw them win the final morning foursomes 3-1 to take a four point lead going into the afternoon singles, where they won a further 6½ points.

2017 MATCH

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Los Angeles Country Club
9-10 September 2017

Los Angeles Country Club will host the Walker Cup for the first time when the 2017 match is staged there on 9-10 September 2017.

The visiting Great Britain and Ireland team will be bidding to retain the trophy after a record 16 ½ - 9 ½ triumph at the 45th Walker Cup match at Royal Lytham & St Annes in September 2015. The USA leads the overall series 35-9-1 but it is tied at 7-7 the last 14 competitions.

Los Angeles Country Club will host the Walker Cup for the first time in 2017, marking the third time the Match has been hosted on the west coast of the United States.

The 46th Walker Cup will be played on the North Course, which opened in 1921 and was originally designed by W. Herbert Fowler, with George C. Thomas Jr. in charge of construction. Thomas redesigned the North Course in 1927, with William Bell as the builder.

Contact details:

The Los Angeles Country Club
10101 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
California
90024
United States
Tel: 301-276-6104

FORMAT

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Format

A total of 26 matches will be played during the two-day competition. Two different forms of match play are used in the competition; singles and foursomes (alternate shot). Four foursomes and eight singles matches are played on the first day of the competition. On the second and final day of the competition there are again four foursome matches but there are two additional single matches, so that all team members play in the final session of the competition.

Foursomes is an alternate shot format where two players, who pair up as partners, represent each team and alternately play one ball. One player from each side will play from the teeing ground of the odd number holes and his partner will play the tee shots on the even number holes. During play of the hole, the partners alternate play of their ball into the hole.

HISTORY

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The Walker Cup began after an unofficial match was contested between two leading amateur golf teams from Great Britain and the United States at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in 1921. The idea for the Walker Cup grew from a focus to stimulate golf interest on both sides of the Atlantic following World War 1. After the USGA Executive Committee, including 1920 President George Herbert Walker, had been invited to Great Britain for a series of meetings with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews Rules Committee to look at the advisability of modifying various rules of the game, discussions developed further.

After returning to the United States, international team matches were discussed and the idea so appealed to Walker that he soon presented a plan and offered to donate a trophy. Mr. Walker had been a low handicap player and was a keen advocate of the game and when the press dubbed the trophy the Walker Cup, the name stuck. In 1921, the USGA invited all golfing nations to send teams to compete for the cup, but no country was able to accept that year. The Americans stuck to their mission, however, and William C. Fownes, the 1910 U.S. Amateur champion, who had twice assembled the amateur teams that played in earlier international matches against Canada, rounded up a third team in the spring of 1921 and travelled to Hoylake.

And in early in 1922, The R&A announced that it would send a team to compete for the Walker Cup at the National Golf Links of America, Mr. Walker's home club, in Southampton, N.Y. Until recent years, the United States dominated the series, but the number of American victories never clouded the true purpose of the Walker Cup Match. A much higher value has been placed upon the series as a medium of international friendship and understanding between the R & A and the USGA. The United States leads the series, 33-7-1.

 

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