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The Walker Cup - player and match records and statistics
(up to and including 2007)


Click here for the full match scores 1922 - 2009

The Walker Cup grew out of Rules meetings in 1920 between the USGA and the R&A, during which an international team competition was also discussed. USGA President George Herbert Walker (great-grandfather and grandfather of the 41st and 43rd US Presidents) drew up a plan and offered to donate a trophy, which became known as the Walker Cup.

The first Match in 1922 was won by the US 8-4, and although the US now lead 33 to 7 with one tie over 41 playings, the ten Matches to 2007 have been closer, shared five apiece.

Match status

USA 33, GB&I 7, 1 tie

Largest winning team margin

14 United States d. Great Britian & Ireland, 19-5, Interlachen C.C., Edina, Minn., 1993
12 United States d. Great Britain & Ireland, 18-6, Quaker Ridge G.C., Scarsdale, N.Y., 1997
10 United States d. Great Britain & Ireland, 11-1, Chicago G.C., Wheaton, Ill., 1928
10 United States d. Great Britain & Ireland, 11-1, Seattle (Wash.) G.C., 1961

Most Consecutive Matches Won

9 United States (1922 to 1936)
9 United States (1947 to 1963)
8 United States (1973 to 1987)
3 Great Britain & Ireland (1999-2003)

Oldest players

55y. 8m. - Hon. Michael Scott (GB&I), St. Andrews (Old Course), Scotland, 1934
55y. 5m. 11d. - William Hyndman (U.S.), St. Andrews (Old Course), Scotland, 1971
52y 23d. - William C. Campbell (U.S.) St. Andrews (Old Course), Scotland 1975

Youngest GB&I players

16y. 11m. Oliver Fisher (GB&I), Chicago G.C., Wheaton, Ill., 2005
17y. 10m. Justin Rose (GB&I), Quaker Ri dge G.C., Scarsdale, N.Y., 1997
17y. 7m. Ronan Rafferty (GB&I), Cypress Point Club, Pebble Beach, Calif., 1981
17y. 10m. Peter Baker (GB&I), Pine Valley (N.J.) G.C., 1985

Youngest USA players

17y. Roland Mackenzie (USA), St. Andrews, Scotland, 1926
18y. 6m, 25d. - Brian Harman (USA), Chicago G.C., Wheaton, Ill., 2005

Most times competed for GB&I

10 Joseph B. Carr (1947, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1967)
(selected in 1965, but did not play)
8 Michael Bonallack (1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973)
(selected in 1957, but did not play)
6 Cyril Tolley (1922, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1930, 1934)
6 R. Cecil Ewing (1936, 1938, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1955)
6 Gary wolstenholme (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005)

Most times competed for United States

9 Jay Sigel (1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993)
8 Francis Ouimet (1922, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1934)
8 William C. Campbell (1951, 1953, 1957, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1975) (also selected in 1955, but did not play)
6 Jess W. Sweetser (1922, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1932)
6 Charles Coe (1949, 1951, 1953, 1959, 1961, 1963)

Most years between first and last USA selections

24 William C. Campbell (1951 and 1975)
21 Jack Westland (1932 and 1953)
19 Charles Kocsis (1938 and 1957)

Most years between first and last GB&I selections

20 Joseph B. Carr (1947 and 1967)
19 John B. Beck (1928 and 1947)
19 R. Cecil Ewing (1936 and 1955)
17 John D.A. Langley (1936 and 1953)

Largest winning margin, Singles (18 hole match)

9 and 7 Scott Hoch (U.S.) d. James Buckley, Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Muirfield, Scotland, 1979
8 and 7 Doug Clarke (U.S.) d. John Davies, Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Muirfield, Scotland, 1979
7 and 6 Scott Simpson (U.S.) d. Gordon Murray, Shinnecock Hills G.C., Southampton, N.Y., 1977
7 and 5 Robert Gamez (U.S.) d. Jim Milligan, Peachtree G.C., Atlanta, Ga., 1989
7 and 5 Joseph B. Carr (GB&I) d. R. H. Sikes, Ailsa Course, Turnberry, Scotland, 1963
7 and 5 Jodie Mudd (U.S.) d. Colin Dalgleish, Cypress Point Club, Pebble Beach, Calif., 1981
7 and 5 Billy Andrade (USA) d. J. Robinson, Sunningdale G.C. (Old Course), Berkshire, England, 1987

Largest winning margin, Singles (36 hole match)

13 and 12 Robert T. Jones Jr. (U.S.) d. T. Philip Perkins, Chicago G.C., Wheaton, Ill., 1928
12 and 11 Robert T. Jones Jr. (U.S.) d. Cyril J. H. Tolley, St. Andrews (Old Course), Scotland, 1926
12 and 11 Marvin H. Ward (U.S.) d. J.J.F. Pennick, St. Andrews (Old Course), 1938
11 and 10 Watts Gunn (U.S.) d. Ronald Hardman, Chicago G.C., Wheaton, Ill., 1928

Largest winning margin in Foursomes (18 hole match)

7 and 6 Bob Lewis Jr., and Jim Holtgrieve (U.S.) d. Malcolm Lewis and Martin Thompson, Royal Liverpool G.C., Hoylake, England, 1983
7 and 6 Bryce Molder and David Eger (USA) d. Steven O'Hara and Marc Warren, Ocean Forest G.C, Sea Island, Ga., 2001
7 and 5 Marvin Giles III, and Gary Koch (U.S.) d. Rodney Foster and Trevor Homer, The Country Club (Championship Course), Brookline, Mass., 1973

Largest winning margin in Foursomes (36 hole match)

9 and 8 E. Harvie Ward Jr., and Jack Westland (U.S.) d. John D. A. Langley and Arthur H. Perowne, Kittansett Club, Marion, Mass., 1953
9 and 8 William J. Patton and Charles R. Coe (U.S.) d. Michael F. Bonallack and Arthur H. Perowne, Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Muirfield, Scotland, 1959

Highest winning percentage in Singles (minimum four matches)

100% Robert T. Jones Jr., U.S. (5-0-0)
100% Luke Donald, GB&I (4-0-0)
93.8% William C. Campbell, U.S. (7-0-1)
87.5% Phil Mickelson U.S. (3-0-1)
80% Ronnie White, GBI (4-1-0)
75% Deane Beman, U.S. (4-1-1)
75% Robert A. Gardner, U.S. (3-1-0)
75% Jim Holtgrieve, U.S. (3-1-0)
75% Allen Miller, U.S. (3-1-0)
75% Philip Walton, GBI (3-1-0)
75% Alan Brodie, GBI (3-1-0)
75% John Harris, U.S. (6-2-0)

Highest winning percentage in Foursomes (minimum four matches)

100% Max R. Marston, U.S. (4-0-0)
85.7% William J. Patton, U.S. (6-1-0)
83.3% Jess W. Sweetser, U.S. (5-1-0)
80% Robert T. Jones Jr., U.S. (4-1-0)
80% Roger Wethered, GB&I. (4-1-0)

Most victories in Foursomes and Singles combined

18 Jay Sigel, U.S. (1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993)
11 William C. Campbell, U.S. (1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1975)
11 William J. Patton, U.S. (1955, 1957, 1959, 1963, 1965)
10 John Harris, U.S. (1993, 1995, 1997)
10 Bob Lewis Jr., U.S. (1981, 1983, 1985, 1987)
9 Robert T. Jones Jr., U.S. (1922, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1930)
9 Francis Ouimet, U.S. (1922, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1934)

Most U.S. matches played in Foursomes and Singles combined

33 Jay Sigel (18-10-5)
18 William C. Campbell (11-4-3)
16 Francis Ouimet (9-5-2)

Most GB&I matches played in Foursomes and Singles combined

25 Michael Bonallack (8-14-3)
20 Joseph B. Carr (5-14-1)
19 Gary Wolstenholme (9-8) (all-time GB&I points leader)
18 Peter McEvoy (5-11-2)

Undefeated in U.S. Singles matches (minimum four matches)

5-0 Robert T. Jones Jr.
7-0-1 Bill Campbell
3-0-1 Phil Mickelson

Undefeated in U.S. Foursomes matches (minimum four matches)

4-0 Max R. Marston

Undefeated in U.S. Foursomes and Singles matches (minimum four matches)

6-0 E. Harvie Ward, Jr. (3-0, 3-0)
5-0 Donald Cherry (2-0, 3-0)
4-0 David Edwards (2-0, 2-0)
4-0 Brad Elder (2-0, 2-0)
4-0 John Fought (2-0, 2-0)
4-0 Watts Gunn (2-0, 2-0)
4-0 Scott Hoch (2-0, 2-0)
4-0 Lindy Miller (2-0, 2-0)
4-0 Jack Nicklaus (2-0, 2-0)
4-0 Robert H. Riegel (2-0, 2-0)
4-0 Frank M. Taylor (2-0, 2-0)
4-0 Sam Urzetta (2-0, 2-0)
4-0 Dr. O.F. Willing (2-0, 2-0)

Undefeated in GB&I Foursomes and Singles matches (minimum four matches)

4-0 Paul Casey (2-0, 2-0)
4-0 Andrew Oldcorn (2-0, 2-0)

Longest course

7,181 yards — Royal County Down GC, Newcastle, N. Ireland, 2007
7,133 yards — Portmarnock GC, Dublin, Ireland, 1991
7,113 yards — Ocean Forest GC, Sea Island, Ga., 2001
7,043 yards — Peachtree GC, Atlanta, Ga., 1989
7,025 yards — Ailsa Course, Turnberry, Scotland, 1963

Shortest course

6,417 yards — Garden City GC, Garden City, N.Y., 1924
6,435 yards — The Country Club, Brookline, Mass., 1932
6,506 yards — Cypress Point Club, Pebble Beach, Calif., 1981

Most frequent host venues

8 St. Andrews (Old Course), Scotland (1923, 1926, 1934, 1938, 1947, 1955, 1971, 1975)
2 Royal St. George's GC, Sandwich, England (1930, 1967)
2 The Country Club, Brookline, Mass. (1932, 1973)
2 Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Muirfield, Scotland (1959, 1979)
2 Pine Valley (N.J.) GC (1936, 1985)

Brothers and sisters who have played in Walker Cup and Curtis Cup

Griff & Terri Moody (USA) - 1979 Walker Cup and 1980 Curtis Cup
Trip & Kelli Kuenhe (USA) - 1995, 2003, 2007 Walker Cups and 1996 Curtis Cup
Brock & Paige MacKenzie (USA) - 2003 Walker Cup and 2006 Curtis Cup

Updated September, 2009









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