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The Walker Cup
September 09 - 10 2017
Los Angeles, CA

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Los Angeles Country Club - North Course
10101 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA  90024-4703
phone: (310) 276-6104
url: www.thelacc.org

Tournament Overview

The Walker Cup Match is a biennial 10-man amateur team competition between the USA and a team composed of players from Great Britain and Ireland and selected by The R&A. It is played over two days with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches.

The first United States Walker Cup Team, which in 1922 defeated the GB&I side, 8-4, at the National Golf Links of America, is considered among the best teams ever and included Francis Ouimet, Bob Jones, Charles “Chick” Evans and Jess Sweetser. Many of the game’s greatest players have taken part in Walker Cup competition, including U.S. Open champions Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth for the USA and Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose for Great Britain and Ireland.

The USA leads the overall series 35-8-1.

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Nov 28, 2016Team USA Walker Cup Practice Participants Announced
Sep 29, 2016How the 2016 Ryder Cuppers fared in the Walker Cup
Sep 08, 2016Royal Liverpool will host the 2019 Walker Cup
Feb 03, 2016Craig Watson named captain of GB&I Walker Cup team
Dec 01, 2015Will GB&I be able to field a competitive Walker Cup team in 2017?
Nov 17, 2015Spider Miller pegged as 2017 Walker Cup captain
Sep 13, 2015Host Great Britain & Ireland wins 2015 Walker Cup Match
Sep 12, 2015Walker Cup Day One: GB&I leads USA by two
Sep 11, 2015Walker Cup Preview: Q&A with U.S. Captain Spider Miller
Sep 11, 2015LIVE SCORING: Walker Cup Saturday Matches
Aug 23, 2015United States Walker Cup team completed with final five picks
Aug 10, 2015Five players selected for 2015 USA Walker Cup Team
Jan 26, 2015Bradley Neil, Sam Horsfield highlight GB&I Walker Cup practice squad
Dec 26, 2014Captain Spider Miller gets first look at Walker Cup hopefuls
Dec 16, 2014Two top-ranked American players not on Walker Cup practice squad
Nov 14, 2014Sixteen players accept invite to Walker Cup practice session
Jan 17, 2014Nigel Edwards selected for third time as GB&I Walker Cup Captain
Nov 12, 2013Seminole to host 2021 Walker Cup
Sep 13, 20133 GB&I players turn pro after Walker Cup
Sep 09, 2013Mid-ams key to Walker Cup win
Sep 08, 2013Walker Cup: U.S. routs GB&I
Sep 08, 2013Adam Scott on the 2013 Walker Cup
Sep 07, 2013GB&I Gets Luck of the Caddie Draw
Sep 07, 2013Walker Cup: GB&I leads USA, 2 1/2 to 1 1/2
Sep 07, 2013Walker Cup: USA leads GB&I 8-4 after Day 1
Sep 06, 2013Walker Cup: 3 holes that will shape outcome
Sep 06, 2013Complete Walker Cup coverage
Sep 05, 2013George W. Bush visits with Walker Cup squads
Sep 05, 2013GB&I team tours New York City
Sep 03, 2013National Golf Links hosted Jones' 'greatest round'
Sep 03, 2013Players recall Walker Cup
Aug 28, 2013National Golf Links ready for Walker Cup
Aug 25, 2013U.S. Walker Cup team joins for practice session
Aug 20, 2013Meet the GB&I Walker Cup squad
Aug 18, 20132013 Walker Cup roster complete
Jul 24, 2013Justin Thomas to turn pro after Walker Cup
Jul 19, 20135 named to U.S. Walker Cup team
Jul 10, 2013Schedule heats up in Walker Cup summer
Jul 06, 2013Miller named 2015 USA Walker Cup Captain
Jun 07, 2013Christovich eyes Walker Cup slot
May 15, 2013Royal Liverpool to host 2019 Walker Cup
May 13, 2013Pressure to rise in Walker Cup summer
Apr 25, 2013Walker Cup: GB&I drops successful system
Jan 16, 2013For USGA, Mid-Ams at Walker Cup a win-win
Jan 14, 2013Walker Cup: USGA says Mid-Ams to be part of team
Dec 20, 2012Walker Cup Watch List: U.S. Practice Session
Oct 08, 201216 invited to Walker Cup practice session
Nov 01, 2011Jim Holtgrieve to Captain 2013 USA Walker Cup Team
Sep 26, 2011Golfing in the dark at Murcar Links, a course review
Sep 15, 2011Walker Cup 2011 Blog: Final Thoughts
Sep 11, 2011GB&I holds off USA to win Walker Cup
Sep 11, 2011Walker Cup: U.S. team reflects on 9-11
Sep 10, 2011Walker Cup: A Day One Blog from Scotland
Sep 10, 2011GB&I hold a 2 point lead at the Walker Cup
Sep 10, 2011USA needs a Brookline-style miracle at Walker Cup
Sep 09, 2011Day 1 Walker Cup Pairings And Starting Times
Sep 08, 2011St. Andrew's Blog: Following behind the U.S. Walker Cup team
Sep 08, 2011Walker Cup: Who will emerge as leaders?
Sep 06, 2011Walker Cup Facts: Course info, history and more
Sep 05, 2011Walker Cup is amateur golf at its best
Sep 01, 2011Patrick Cantlay named Haskins winner ahead of Walker Cup
Aug 28, 2011Kraft, Barber, Spieth claim final Walker Cup spots
Aug 08, 2011Three more added to Walker Cup roster
Jul 31, 2011Four named to the U.S. Walker Cup team
Jul 25, 2011Cantlay leads Walker Cup watch list
Jan 05, 2011Walker Cup Practice Session
Dec 09, 2010Walker Cup 2007 USA Dream Team
Nov 23, 2010Collegians Highlight Walker Cup Practice
Jul 26, 2010USA Walker Cup Captain Holtgrieve scouts Royal Aberdeen
Sep 13, 2009USA Wins Third Straight Walker Cup
Sep 12, 2009Walker Cup: USA takes 8-4 lead
Sep 08, 2009Marucci has U.S. squad Walker Cup ready
Sep 08, 2009Merion Golf Club Review
Aug 29, 2009Tringale, Uihlein Named to U.S. Walker Cup Team
Aug 03, 2009GB&I Walker Cup Team Named
Jun 11, 2009Race for Walker Cup gets underway
Dec 11, 2008Holtgrieve is named 2011 Walker Cup Captain
Jan 12, 200818 Questions with Colt Knost
Oct 29, 20072009 Walker Cup: Marucci back as captain
Sep 09, 2007The Walker Cup: USA Wins 12 1/2 to 11 1/2
Sep 08, 2007The Walker Cup: Score knotted at 6-6 after Day 1
Sep 08, 2007The Walker Cup: U.S. ahead 10-6 after sweep
Sep 07, 2007The Walker Cup: Captain Marucci Excited to Defend
Sep 05, 2007The Walker Cup: Final Two USA Players Selected
Aug 06, 2007The Walker Cup: USGA announces partial team
Aug 06, 2007GB and Ireland Walker Cup team selected
Jun 14, 2007The Walker Cup: A look at who might represent Team USA
May 11, 2007The Walker Cup: Crowds of 10k Likely Each Day
Aug 10, 2006The Walker Cup: USA Regains Cup in Dramatic Fashion
Aug 10, 20062003: Great Britain & Ireland retains Walker Cup
Jul 07, 2006USA Walker Cup Captain Buddy Marucci (can still play!)
Dec 09, 2005Commentary: Giving Amateurs Their Due
Aug 14, 2005The Walker Cup: Sunday A.M. Results
Aug 13, 2005The Walker Cup: USA Leads, 6.5 to 5.5
Aug 03, 2005The Walker Cup: USA and GB&I Team Profiles
Jul 19, 2005The Walker Cup: 2005 USA Team Named
Jul 05, 2005The Walker Cup: Great Britain & Ireland Team Announced
Jun 23, 2005The Walker Cup: An Interview with USA Captain Bob Lewis
Jun 14, 2005The Walker Cup: Coming to Chicago Golf Club August 13-14

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The Walker Cup Match began in the wake of World War I with a view toward stimulating golf interest on both sides of the Atlantic. The match grew in part out of two international matches between the United States and Canada, in 1919 and 1920.

At the same time, British and American amateurs considered each nation's national amateur championship a great plum. Meanwhile, the USGA Executive Committee had been invited to Great Britain for a series of meetings with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews Rules Committee. The meeting was to look at the advisability of modifying various rules of the game. Among the participants was George Herbert Walker, USGA President in 1920.

Upon the Executive Committee's return to the United States, international team matches were discussed. 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. 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 against Canada, rounded up a third team in the spring of 1921 and took it to England. At Hoylake, the American team defeated a British team, 9 and 3, in an informal match the day before the British Amateur.

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.

Originally, the competition was open to any country that might care to challenge. The USGA invited all countries to compete. Except for Great Britain, however, no other country was able to accept.

Fownes was the American captain for the inaugural match and his team consisted of Charles Evans Jr., Robert Gardner, U.S. Amateur Champion Jesse Guilford, Robert T. Jones Jr., Max Marston, Francis Ouimet, Jess Sweetser, and Rudolph Knepper, who did not play.

Robert Harris was captain of the British side, and his players were Cyril Tolley, Roger Wethered, Colin Aylmer, C.V.L. Hooman, W.B. Torrance, John Caven, and W. Willis Mackenzie. Ernest Holderness, the British Amateur Champion, was unable to make the trip.

Bernard Darwin, the golf writer of The Times of London, had accompanied the team and wound up playing in the Match. When Harris fell ill, Darwin was invited to compete in his place and serve as playing captain. He defeated Fownes, 3 and 1. The American team, however, prevailed, winning the first Walker Cup Match, 8 to 4.

Until recent years, the United States clearly 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 Match was played on an annual basis until 1924, when it was decided that the financial strain of annual encounters was too severe. It was also believed that interest might drop if the matches were played too frequently. A decision was made to meet in alternate years.

The series was interrupted by World War II after the 1938 Match at St. Andrews, Scotland. When the Match resumed, in 1947, St. Andrews was again selected as the site. Under normal peacetime conditions, the Match would have been played in the United States, but postwar economic conditions would have made the trip difficult for the British.

For a website dedicated to the history of the Walker Cup, please be sure to visit www.walkercuphistory.com

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