1947 – St. Andrews

GB&I 4 – 8 USA

May 16-17, 1947
The Old Course, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
6,883 yards / Par73

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

Day 1 Foursomes (GB&I players first)
Joe Carr / Cecil Ewing lost to Ted Bishop / Robert Riegel 3&2
Leonard Crawley / Laddie Lucas beat Marvin Ward / Smiley Quick 5&4
Alex Kyle / James Wilson lost to Willie Turnesa / Frederick Kammer Jr 5&4
Ronnie White / Charlie Stowe beat Frank Stranahan / Richard Chapman 4&3
GB&I 2 – USA 2

Day 2 Singles
Leonard Crawley lost to Marvin Ward 5&3
Joe Carr beat Ted Bishop 5&3
Gerald Micklem lost to Robert Riegel 6&5
Cecil Ewing lost to Willie Turnesa 6&5
Charlie Stowe lost to Frank Stranahan 2&1
Ronnie White beat Frederick Kammer Jr 4&3
James Wilson lost to Smiley Quick 8&6
Laddie Lucas lost to Richard Chapman 4&3
GB&I 2 – USA 6

Match Result: GB&I 4 – USA 8

Series Results: USA 10 – GB&I 1 (after Match 11)

British Pathé video footage of the 1947 Match


Match Notes

After a gap of nine years due to World War II the match was reinstated. The organising parties agreed that it would be better to play it at St. Andrews which had also hosted the previous match in 1938.

Jimmy Bruen, GB&I’s star player and the 1946 Amateur Champion, ruled himself out of contention with a wrist injury.

With few competitions in 1946 and 1947 GB&I’s preparations were poor. Trials were staged at St. Andrews just a few days before the Walker cup was due to commence to finalise our selection.

Joe Carr, Gerald Micklem and Ronnie White all made their debuts and all went on to make an important contribution to the history of the match.

On the USA side legendary amateur Frank Stranahan made his first appearance.

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