1961 – Seattle

USA 11 – 1 GB&I

September 1-2, 1961
Seattle Golf Club, Seattle, Washington
6,713 yards / Par 71

Captains: Jack Westland (USA) and Charles Lawrie (GB&I)

Day 1 Foursomes (USA players first) 
Deane Beman / Jack Nicklaus beat James Walker / B.H.G. Chapman 6&5
Charles Coe / Don Cherry beat Maj David Blair / Martin Christmas 1 hole
William Hyndman III / Robert Gardner beat Joe Carr / Gordon Huddy 4&3
Robert Cochran / Eugene Andrews beat Michael Bonallack / Ronnie Shade 4&3
USA 4 GB&I 0

Day 2 Singles
Deane Beman beat Michael Bonallack 3&2
Charles Coe beat Michael Lunt 5&4
Dr. Frank Taylor Jr beat James Walker 3&2
William Hyndman III beat David Frame 7&6
Jack Nicklaus beat Joe Carr 6&4
Charles Smith lost to Martin Christmas 3&2
Robert Gardner beat Ronnie Shade 1 hole
Don Cherry beat Maj David Blair 5&4
USA 7 – GB&I 1

Match Result: USA 11 – GB&I 1 

Series Results: USA 17 – GB&I 1 (after Match 18)

1961 U.S. Walker Cup Team

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Match Notes

The selection of Seattle G.C. meant 1961 was the first time the Walker Cup was played on the West Coast of America.

USA non-playing captain Jack Westland won the 1952 U.S. Amateur Championship at Seattle G.C. so there was a nice symmetry in his appointment.

Charles Lawrie, a Scottish International golfer, became the second GB&I captain not to have played in the match beforehand.

Martin Christmas (21), the youngest member of the GB&I team, prevented a complete whitewash in Seattle winning his Singles game against Charlie Smith 3&2. Ronnie Shade (22) also performed well only losing his singles to Robert Gardner on the final green.

Joe Carr lost in the semi-final of the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach shortly after this match. Jack Nicklaus was the 1961 champion prior to turning professional.

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