GB&I 3 – 6 USA
May 11-12, 1951
Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, Lancashire, England
6,735 yards / Par 70
Captains: Raymond Oppenheimer (GB&I) and William Turnesa (USA)
Day 1 Foursomes (GB&I players first)
Ronnie White / Joe Carr halved with Frank Stranahan / William Campbell
Cecil Ewing / John Langley halved with Charles Coe / James McHale Jr
Alex Kyle / Ian Caldwell lost to Richard Chapman / Robert Knowles 1 hole
Jimmy Bruen Jr / John Morgan lost to Willie Turnesa / Sam Urzetta 5&4
GB&I 0 – USA 2
Day 2 Singles
Max McCready lost to Sam Urzetta 4&3
Joe Carr beat Frank Stranahan 2&1
Ronnie White beat Charles Coe 2&1
John Langley lost to James McHale Jr 2 holes
Cecil Ewing lost to William Campbell 5&4
Alex Kyle beat Willie Turnesa 2 holes
Ian Caldwell halved with Harold Paddock Jr
John Morgan lost to Richard Chapman 7&6
GB&I 3 – USA 4
Match Result: GB&I 3 – USA 6
Series Results: USA 12 – GB&I 1 (after Match 13)
British Pathé video footage of the 1951 Match
Royal Birkdale hosted The Open Championship for the first time in 1954. In this R&A trial run the Southport links became just the third GB&I course to host the Walker Cup.
John Morgan became the first Welshman to be selected for the GB&I team in the thirteenth playing of the match.
Jimmy Bruen’s wrist injury again gave way during the Day 1 foursomes and he was unable to play any part in the Singles.
A Joint Rules Committee meeting held alongside the match introduced the stroke and distance penalty for out of bounds and lost balls and agreed to remove stymies from match play golf.
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