1930 – Royal St. George’s

GB&I 2 – 10 USA

May 15-16, 1930
Royal St. George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent, England
6,751 yards / Par 71

Captains: Roger Wethered (GB&I) and Bobby Jones (USA)

Day 1 Foursomes(GB&I players first)
Cyril Tolley / Roger Wethered beat George Von Elm / George Voigt 2 holes
Rex Hartley / Tony Torrance lost to Bobby Jones Jr / Dr.Oscar Willing 8&7
Ernest Holderness / J.A. Stout lost to Roland MacKenzie / Donald Moe 2&1
William Campbell / Nelson Smith lost to Jimmy Johnston / Francis Ouimet 2&1
GB&I 1 – USA 3

Day 2 Singles
Cyril Tolley lost to Jimmy Johnston 5&4
Roger Wethered lost to Bobby Jones Jr 9&8
Rex Hartley lost to George Von Elm 3&2
Ernest Holderness lost to George Voigt 10&8
Nelson Smith lost to Dr. Oscar Willing 2&1
Tony Torrance beat Francis Ouimet 7&6
Bill Stout lost to Donald Moe 1 hole
William Campbell lost to Roland MacKenzie 6&5
GB&I 1 – USA 7

Match Result: GB&I 2 – USA 10

Series Results: USA 6 – GB&I 0 (after Match 6)

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Match Notes

U.S. captain Bobby Jones Jr started his 1930 Grand Slam year by first helping his team secure the Walker Cup. Indeed the USGA’s funding of the trip probably played a critical part in his historic achievement. Jones’ subsequent retirement later that year was no doubt a fillip to GB&I’s amateurs who had now lost the first six Walker Cups.

Roland MacKenzie was first reserve for the U.S. team but was promoted to the trip after Jess Sweetser withdrew due to business pressures, the match coming shortly after the Wall Street crash of September 1929 and the start of The Great Depression of the 1930’s.

When GB&I captain Roger Wethered was asked about the surprise omission of John Beck during the match he supposedly came out with the classic “Oh, we thought of John but no one seemed to have his address.”

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