In 1921 an informal match took place at Royal Liverpool G.C. between a team representing Great Britain and a touring party from the United States of America here to play in the Amateur Championship.
GB&I 3 – 9 USA
May 21, 1921
Royal Liverpool GC, England
AM Foursomes(GB&I players first)
J. Gordon Simpson / JLC Jenkins lost to Chick Evans Jr / Bobby Jones Jr 5&3
Cyril Tolley / Ernest Holderness lost to Francis Ouimet / Jesse Guilford 3&2
Raymond Montmorency / Roger Wethered lost to Dr. Paul Hunter / J. Wood Platt 1 hole
Colin Aylmer / Tommy Armour lost to Fred Wright / William Fownes Jr 4&2
GB&I 0 – USA 4
Cyril Tolley beat Chick Evans 4&3
JLC Jenkins lost to Francis Ouimet 3&2
Raymond Montmorency lost to Bobby Jones Jr 4&3
J. Gordon Simpson lost to Jesse Guilford 2&1
Colin Aylmer beat Dr. Paul Hunter 2&1
Tommy Armour beat J. Wood Platt 2&1
Ernest Holderness lost to Fred Wright 2 holes
Roger Wethered lost to William Fownes 3&1
GB&I 3 – USA 5
Match Result: GB&I 3 – USA 9
William Fownes approached The R&A seeking their agreement to the contest. The R&A accepted the challenge and cancelled the Scotland v. England international match that had been due to be played, recommencing following the end of World War I.
In 1922 George Walker, President of the USGA, sent out his invitation to the golfing world seeking to arrange a new international contest. With little interest from other nations a match solely between USA and GB&I was agreed for 1922 and The Walker Cup story began in earnest.
No one knows what part this first match at Royal Liverpool played in the thinking of George Walker but any history of the competition would be incomplete without its mention.
1921 Match Programme (© Green Jacket Auctions)
The Illustrated London News, May 28 1921 – Match Report
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