1955 – St. Andrews

GB&I 2 – 10 USA

May 20-21, 1955
The Old Course, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
6,936 yards / Par 73

Captains: Alec Hill (GB&I) and William Campbell (USA)

Day 1 Foursomes (GB&I players first)
Joe Carr / Ronnie White lost to Harvie Ward Jr / Don Cherry 1 hole
Gerald Micklem / John Morgan lost to William Patton / Richard Yost 2&1
Alex Kyle / Ian Caldwell lost to Richard Chapman / Robert Knowles 1 hole
Maj David Blair / Robin Cater lost to Bruce Cudd / James Jackson 5&4
GB&I 0 – USA 4

Day 2 Singles
Ronnie White lost to Harvie Ward Jr 6&5
Philip Scrutton lost to William Patton 2&1
Ian Caldwell beat Dale Morey 1 hole
Joe Carr lost to Don Cherry 5&4
Maj David Blair beat Joseph Conrad 1 hole
Bunny Millward lost to Bruce Cudd 2 holes
Cecil Ewing lost to James Jackson 6&4
John Morgan lost to Richard Yost 8&7
GB&I 2 – USA 6

Match Result: GB&I 2 – USA 10

Series Results: USA 14 – GB&I 1 (after Match 15)

British Pathé video footage of the 1955 Match


Match Notes

Arnold Palmer had been expected to represent USA but ultimately decided to turn pro at the start of 1955 so his 6 month probation could be completed before most of the main PGA Tour events came round.

Ronnie White’s unblemished singles record was ended by Harvie Ward Jr, probably the best amateur in the world at that time. White was by now a busy Lancashire solicitor with a young family. He played few major events in 1955 and didn’t attend that year’s trials being very much selected on past glories. White never played international competitive golf again.

Copyright © 2015-2020, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.