Walker Cup Facts: Course info, history and more

PAR AND YARDAGE: The Balgownie Course at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland will measure 6,873 yards and play to a par of 35-35–70.

WHAT IS THE WALKER CUP MATCH?: The Walker Cup Match is contested by male amateur players, one team from the United States of America and one team composed of players from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The teams consist of not more than 10 players and a captain. The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the USA and in Great Britain and Ireland.

TEAM SELECTION: The USA Team is selected by the United States Golf Association. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland, selects the team from Great Britain and Ireland.

2011 CAPTAINS: Jim Holtgrieve of St. Louis, Mo., will serve as the captain for the USA Walker Cup Team, while Nigel Edwards of Wales will captain the Great Britain and Ireland side. Holtgrieve played on three victorious USA teams in 1979, 1981 and 1983. He has an overall Match record of 6-4-0, including 3-1 in singles. Edwards played in four successive Walker Cups from 2001 through 2007. He helped GB&I to victories in 2001 and 2003 and nearly holed a long birdie putt at the 18th green in the 2005 competition at Chicago Golf Club that would have given GB&I a draw and allowed it to retain the Cup. He is the third Welshman to captain a GB&I side, following Tony Duncan and Clive Brown.


Steven Brown, 24, Wentworth, EnglandJames Byrne, 22, Banchory, ScotlandPaul Cutter, 22, Portstewart, IrelandAlan Dunbar, 21, Rathmore, IrelandStiggy Hodgson, 21, Sunningdale, EnglandTom Lewis, 20, Welwyn Garden City, EnglandRhys Pugh, 17, Vale of Glamorgan, WalesJack Senior, 23, Heysham, EnglandMichael Stewart, 21, Troon Welbeck, ScotlandAndy Sullivan, 24, Nuneaton, England


Blayne Barber, 21, Lake City, Fla.Patrick Cantlay, 19, Los Alamitos, Calif.Harris English, 22, Thomasville, Ga.Russell Henley, 22, Macon, Ga.Kelly Kraft, 22, Denton, TexasPatrick Rodgers, 18, Avon, Ind.Nathan Smith, 33, Pittsburgh, Pa.Jordan Spieth, 18, Dallas, TexasPeter Uihlein, 22, Orlando, Fla.Chris Williams, 20, Moscow, Idaho

SCHEDULE OF PLAY: On Saturday, Sept. 10, there will be four foursomes (alternate-shot) matches (18 holes each) in the morning and eight singles matches (18 holes each) in the afternoon. On Sunday, Sept. 11, there will be four foursomes matches (18 holes each) in the morning and 10 singles matches (18 holes each) in the afternoon.

TELEVISION SCHEDULE: The BBC will broadcast the competition, with times to be announced. A two-hour highlight show will be broadcast on Sept. 11 from 3-5 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2. ESPN3.com will also show live action. For times, please click here.

ARCHITECT/CLUB HISTORY: The Aberdeen Golf Club was formed in 1815. Many changes were made to the Balgownie Course in its first 15 years of existence under the supervision of Archie Simpson of Carnoustie and his brother, Robert. Renowned architect Tom Simpson made further revisions to the course and in 1925, James Braid’s “cosmetic refinements” improved the greens and bunkers. Royal Aberdeen is the sixth-oldest club in the world, dating to 1780. The Royal title was conferred on the club in 1903 by King Edward VII.

WHAT IS FOURSOMES?: Foursomes is a match where two players compete against two other players in an alternate-shot format, with each side playing just one ball.

SCORING: A victory in each match scores one point. In the event a match goes 18 holes without a winner, one-half point is awarded to each side. In the event of a tie, the team that won the previous competition retains the trophy.

MEDIA CONFERENCES: Captains and players from each team will meet with credentialed media Friday afternoon. Media conferences are also scheduled at the end of each day’s play.

ONLINE COVERAGE: Visit www.walkercup.org or the USGA website, www.usga.org, for the latest Walker Cup information before and during the Match.

2009 RECA: Rickie Fowler and Peter Uihlein both went a perfect 4-0 to lead the United States of America to a 16½-9½ victory over Great Britain and Ireland at the 2009 Walker Cup

Match at the 6,846-yard, par-70 Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. It was the third consecutive win for the Americans, who now hold a 34-7-1 all-time record in the Walker Cup.

In Sunday morning’s foursomes (alternate shot), the USA Team won three of the four matches for the second consecutive day to build its lead to 11-5 heading into the afternoon’s 10 singles matches.

Cameron Tringale, 22, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., posted an 8-and-6 victory over Luke Goddard to give the USA its 13th point and assured the Americans of retaining the Walker Cup. Uihlein, 20, of Orlando, Fla., then earned a 3-and-1 win over Stiggy Hodgson to claim the trophy outright for the USA.

The team was captained by George “Buddy” Marucci, who also guided the USA to a one-point victory in 2007 at Royal County Down in Newcastle, Northern Ireland.

2007 RECAP: Jonathan Moore’s eagle on the 18th hole capped a singles victory over Nigel Edwards and clinched a 12½-11½ USA win at the 41st Walker Cup Match at Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Moore hit a 4-iron from 252 yards on the final hole and holed the 4-foot putt to defeat Edwards, 1 up. The USA had taken a 10-6 lead after the Sunday morning foursomes matches to break a 6-6 deadlock after the first day. Great Britain and Ireland then captured 4½ of the first six points in the Sunday afternoon singles to set the stage for Moore’s dramatic victory.

WALKER CUP HISTORY: The Walker Cup Match began in the wake of World War I, and it came together following a series of meetings with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, the purpose of which was largely to look at modifying the Rules of Golf. As part of the meeting, an international team competition was discussed, much like what was already taking place between the United States and Canada, in 1919 and 1920.

Among those attending the meeting at The R&A was George Herbert Walker, USGA president in 1920. The idea of an amateur team competition appealed to Walker and he soon presented a plan and offered to donate a trophy. When the press dubbed the trophy the Walker Cup, the name stuck.

The first Walker Cup Match was held in 1922 at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y. Led by playing captain William C. Fownes Jr., the United States won the inaugural Match, 8-4. The USA leads the series 34-7-1.

FUTURE SITES: National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y., Sept. 7-8, 2013Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s Golf Club in Lancashire, England, Sept. 12-13, 2015The Los Angeles Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 9-10, 2017

ABOUT THE The Walker Cup

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.

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