1938 – St. Andrews

GB&I 7 – 4 USA

June 3-4, 1938
The Old Course, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
6,612 yards / Par 73

Captains: John Beck (GB&I) and Francis Ouimet (USA

Day 1 Foursomes (GB&I players first)
Harry Bentley / Jimmy Bruen Jr halved with John Fischer / Charles Kocsis
Gordon Peters / Hector Thomson beat Johnny Goodman / Marvin Ward 4&2
Alex Kyle / Charlie Stowe lost to Charles Yates / Raymond Billows 3&2
Frank Pennink / Leonard Crawley beat Reynolds Smith / Fred Haas Jr 3&1
GB&I 2.5 – USA 1.5

Day 2 Singles
Jimmy Bruen Jr lost to Charles Yates 2&1
Hector Thomson beat Johnny Goodman 6&4
Leonard Crawley lost to John Fischer 3&2
Charlie Stowe beat Charles Kocsis 2&1
Frank Pennink lost to Marvin Ward 12&11
Cecil Ewing beat Raymond Billows 1 hole
Gordon Peters beat Reynolds Smith 9&8
Alex Kyle beat Fred Haas Jr 5&4
GB&I 5 – USA 3

Match Result: GB&I 7.5 – USA 4.5

Series Results: USA 9 – GB&I 1 (after Match 10)

A 1938 Cartoon Of The 1938 USA Walker Cup Team By Mac

British Pathé video footage of the 1938 Match

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Match Notes

GB&I won the match for the first time. Whilst it may be going too far to say the victory saved the contest it undoubtedly gave it a shot of momentum. The Walker Cup was a proper competition again and as such could still be considered relevant.

The R&A Championship Committee introduced a new selection committee for the 1938 match consisting of Hugh Dickson, John Morrison, Tom Thirsk, Cyril Tolley and Bill Torrance. John Beck was appointed captain and 24 players were invited to attend trial matches held at St. Andrews around the time of the R&A’s 1938 Spring Meeting. The trials helped with selection and allowed the players to get to know each other a lot better than had previously been possible.

The emergence of Ireland’s Jimmy Bruin (18) as a genuinely world class player gave everyone concerned with the GB&I Walker cup team confidence that they would be more competitive in this 10th match. Bruin skipped the Amateur Championship, played at Troon the week before the Walker Cup, so he could conserve energy and practice at St. Andrews.

USA’s Fred Haas Jr turned pro in 1945 before the next match. He went on to become the first Walker Cup to also play in the Ryder Cup which the did in 1953.

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