Balicki: Walker Cup is amateur golf at its best

September 5, 2011 · uncategorized

For years, not many golf fans paid much attention to the Walker Cup, the international biennial competition between the top amateurs from the United States and Great Britain & Ireland.

Other than the players themselves, their families and friends, and those involved with the two organizations that stage the event – the USGA and the R&A – there was little interest.

A big reason was the American dominance in the first 60-plus years. The inaugural Walker Cup Match took place in 1922 at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y. The U.S. won that one and the next eight as well. In fact, of the first 31 competitions, America won 28, lost two and tied one.

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