USA 8 – 1 GB&I
September 1-2, 1932
The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts
6,435 yards / Par 71
Captains: Francis Ouimet (USA) and Tony Torrance (USA)
Day 1 Foursomes (USA players first)
Jess Sweetser / George Voigt beat Rex Hartley / Lister Hartley 7&6
Charlie Seaver / Gus Moreland beat Tony Torrance / John de Forest 6&5
Francis Ouimet / George Dunlap Jr beat Bill Stout / John Burke 7&6
Donald Moe / William Howell beat Eric Fiddian / Eric McRuvie 5&4
USA 4 – GB&I 0
Day 2 Singles
Francis Ouimet halved with Tony Torrance
Jess Sweetser halved with Bill Stout
Gus Moreland beat Rex Hartley 2&1
Jack Westland halved with John Burke
George Voigt lost to Leonard Crawley 1 hole
Maurice McCarthy Jr beat Lister Hartley 3&2
Charlie Seaver beat Eric Fiddian 7&6
George Dunlap Jr beat Eric McRuvie 10&9
USA 4 – GB&I 1
Match Result: USA 8 – GB&I 1
Series Results: USA 7 – GB&I 0 (after Match 7)
British Pathé video footage of the 1932 Match
The Country Club near Boston enjoys 27 holes and therefore major events are staged over a composite course.
GB&I debutant Leonard Crawley burnt his left hand at a farewell cocktail party before setting sail for the USA. Sadly his hand had not sufficiently healed to allow him to be considered for the Day 1 Foursomes.
Despite little practice Crawley played in the Day 2 Singles, beating George Voight by 1 Hole. It is unclear whether this was planned or simply a matter of circumstance. It was reported that having lost his foursomes game in sweltering conditions John de Forest, the 1932 Amateur champion, simply went AWOL.
Scotland’s Jack Bookless was also selected for the GB&I team but was not utilised by Captain Tony Torrance.
Ireland’s John Burke made his one and only appearance in the Walker Cup match in 1932. Between 1930 and 1950 Burke was easily Ireland’s best amateur winning numerous titles and his repeated non-selection by The R&A is hard to explain.
After the match the GB&I team travelled to Pine Valley G.C. to play in the 11th Crump Cup, in those days simply an 18 hole stroke play competition. Tony Torrance became the first non-American to win this prestigious event.
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