amateur golf
amateur golf
The Walker Cup

11-12 September 1999


The Walker Cup is one of the oldest and most historic events in golf. This exciting match brings together the best amateur golfers from Great Britain and Ireland and the ten best amateur golfers from the United States very two years for two days of spectacular golf and sportsmanship. The location of the match alternates between Great Britain and Ireland the US. In 1999 the Walker Cup celebrates its 37th match at The Nairn Golf Club, a James Braid traditional links.

The Walker Cup has been contested on only the finest courses in the world. In the last twenty years the hosts have included: The Country Club, Brookline, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Cypress Point Club, Pebble Beach, Pine Valley Golf Club and Peachtree Golf Club. In Great Britain, the matches have been held at St. Andrews, Turnberry, Muirfield, Royal Liverpool, Sunningdale, Portmarnock in Dublin, Ireland and Royal Porthcawl.

The Nairn Golf Club received the honour to host the 37th match on September 11-12 1999. There will be formal practice a week before the event. The match days consist of foursomes matches in the morning and singles matches in the afternoon. The competitive nature of the Walker Cup has increased dramatically with each team having won twice in the last five matches. Even though the competition has increased, the tradition and camaraderie of the match has grown even stronger. It comes from the desire of participants to play their best golf for their country while honouring the time-honoured traditions of the matches.

In an era when the great majority of leading amateur golfers turn professional, it is worth reflecting on the high number of household names who have enjoyed the Walker Cup experience over the years, including Jack Nicklaus, Hal Sutton, Curtis Strange, Colin Montgomerie, Ronan Rafferty and more recently Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington.

The 37th Walker Cup match promises to be one of the most exciting matches ever. Please accept the opportunity to be a part of golf history. The greatest amateurs in the world playing in the biggest match of their lives on one of the most challenging links in the country.