1921 – Royal Liverpool

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

PM Singles
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

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1921 USA Team (save for Chick Evans) (Photo: Fownes Family)

William C. Fownes Jr 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 early 1921 George Walker, President of the USGA, had sent out an invitation to the golfing world seeking to arrange a new international contest. With little interest from other nations initially it was Fownes’ touring party and his suggestion of a challenge match later in the year which provided the impetus for what would became The Walker Cup the following year.

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1921 Match Programme (© Green Jacket Auctions)

The Illustrated London News, May 28 1921 – Match Report

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