1957 – The Minikahda Club

USA 8 – 3 GB&I

August 30-31, 1957
The Minikahda Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota
6,550 yards / Par 71

Captains: Charles Coe (USA) and Gerald Micklem (GB&I)

Day 1 Foursomes (USA players first) 
Rex Baxter Jnr / William Patton beat Joe Carr / Dr. Frank Deighton 2&1
William Campbell / Dr. Frank Taylor Jr beat Alan Bussell / Philip Scrutton 4&3
Arnold Blum / Charles Kocsis lost to Reid Jack / Doug Sewell 1 hole
H. Robbins Jr / Mason Rudolph halved with Alec Shepperson / Guy Wolstenholme
USA 2 – GB&I 1

Day 2 Singles
William Patton beat Reid Jack 1 hole
William Campbell beat Joe Carr 3&2
Rex Baxter Jr beat Alan Thirlwell 4&3
William Hyndman III beat Dr Frank Deighton 7&6
Joe Campbell lost to Alan Bussell 1 hole
Dr. Frank Taylor Jr beat Doug Sewell 1 hole
Mason Rudolph beat Philip Scrutton 3&2
Hillman Robbins Jr lost to Guy Wolstenholme 2&1
USA 6 – GB&I 2

Match Results: USA 8 – GB&I 3

Series Results: USA 15 – GB&I 1 (after Match 16)

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Match Notes

Doug Sewell, a Hook Heath Artisan member at Woking GC, was selected for the GB&I team. Artisans, in return for work done on the course, received restricted playing rights at clubs. Prior to the 1957 match, the team were invited to a practice session at Woking. Sewell cycled to the club only to find on the door of the artisan’s section a notice saying: “Course closed for artisan play to allow Walker Cup team to practice.” The club secretary decided that Sewell’s artisan status ruled him out rather than his Walker Cup status ruling him in and he went off by himself to practise on a nearby common.

A young Michael Bonallack was selected for the 1957 GB&I team but did not feature at The Minikahda Club. Journalist Pat Ward-Thomas considered this a mistake by captain Micklem arguing that Dr Frank Deighton, who “has rarely impressed as a probable winner on this level”, should have been dropped for Day 2.

Charlie Coe, aged 33 years, 10 months and 5 days, continued the USGA’s trend of appointing youthful captains.

Harvie Ward Jr was missing from the USA team due to his 1 year USGA suspension for receiving playing expenses from his employer Eddie Lowery.

The weather played a big part in this match. It was cold and rained heavily on the Day 1 Friday before giving way to temperatures in the mid-90’s and high humidity on Day 2. Over 6,000 spectators enjoyed the singles.

At lunch on Day 2 it appeared GB&I may pull off a famous away win. Reid Jack led William Patton 5Up, Joe Carr and Alan Thirlwell were All Square whilst lower down the order Alan Bussell and Guy Wolstenholme were both 1Up and Philip Scrutton just 1Down. However, at the end of play only Bussell and Wolstenholme were able to win their Singles.

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