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elcome to a unique website dedicated to the history of the Walker Cup and the amateur game. We include an extensive database of material regarding the history of golf’s finest contest, maintain an archive of historical information about international amateur golf and report regularly, and in depth, on developments in the amateur game around the world.

The site, which is based on the book, The Walker Cup, Golf’s Finest Contest, 1922-2003 by Gordon G. Simmonds provides the only complete statistical database of information on the Web about the Walker Cup matches, the players, the venues, the captains and individual records.

NEW - The Amateur Golfer 2010 Q1 review is available.

Exclusive account by Gordon Simmonds with accompanying images by David Cannon.

Walker Cup 2009

"The 42nd Walker Cup match marked the 18th occasion on which the USGA had staged an event at Merion, one of golf’s most revered and historic venues. In the process, the ‘Jones’ Grand Slam square’ was completed; Merion being the last of the four venues at which Bobby Jones won his Grand Slam of Major Championships in 1930 also to host a Walker Cup match. The Old Course, Hoylake and Interlachen were the other three.

After Hugh Wilson designed the beguiling and captivating East Course at Merion..." more

The 2013 Match will be played at The National Golf Links of America.

Exclusive account by Gordon Simmonds of the 2007 match with accompanying images by David Cannon.

Walker Cup 2007

"Only the best venues in golf have ever had the privilege of hosting The Walker Cup matches. The Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, at last, joined a venerable list of host clubs when its membership welcomed, in understated style and with unconditional enthusiasm, senior representatives of The R&A and The USGA, the teams and supporters for the 41st contest between The United States and Great Britain & Ireland.

All were rewarded with a wonderful match that produced some brilliant golf ..." more

Walker Cup 2011

The 2011 Walker Cup will be played on the Balgownie Links of Royal Aberdeen Golf Club on the north-east coast of Scotland. Founded in 1780, the club is the world’s seventh oldest (after The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Royal Burgess Golfing Society, Royal Blackheath, Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society and Royal Musselburgh). If The R&A had stayed with the ‘rotation’ of venues in England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland for home matches, which appeared to begin in 1987, the 2011 venue should have been somewhere in Wales. However, besides Royal Porthcawl and, perhaps, Royal St. David’s at Harlech, there are no venues suitable for The Walker Cup, particularly in view of the size of the crowds now attending. That said, Balgownie Links, where the first tee is impossible to ‘ access’ and serious undulations make walking on the outside of the course difficult, is not the most ideal spectator facility. Hopefully, The R&A will limit attendance to about eight thousand and not rope the fairways thus permitting the audience to enjoy the matches.

 


Nigel Edwards after chipping in at the 14th on Sunday at Ganton, 2003.
(Dave Cannon Photo)

The Walker Cup - The Cornerstone of the Amateur Ideal

Outstanding courses, the finest hospitality at some of the best clubs in the world, friendships for a lifetime made and renewed by golf’s most knowledgeable supporters, impeccable organization by the game’s governing authorities, the USGA and the R&A, a serious forum for discussion and resolution of the day’s main issues, participation by outstanding golfers at the peak of their amateur careers, a contest of excellence played with spirited endeavor and mutual respect, untainted by commercial infractions, where the victors and the vanquished alike earn the right forever to the moniker, ‘a Walker Cup player’.

These are the essential ingredients that established solid foundations for a unique sporting encounter that began in the aftermath of the First World War, with Great Britain and Ireland (“GB&I”) on one side and the United States of America (“U.S.”) on the other. They are also the elements that ensure its continued relevance, prestige and success.

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