2019 – Royal Liverpool

September 7-8, 2019
Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, England
7,290 yards, Par 71

Captains: Craig Watson (GB&I) and Nathaniel Crosby (USA)

Day 1 Foursomes (GB&I players first)
Alex Fitzpatrick / Conor Purcell beat John Augenstein / Andy Ogletree 2&1
Sandy Scott / Euan Walker lost to John Pak / Isaiah Salinda 2&1
Harry Hall / Conor Gough beat Stewart Hagestad / Akshay Bhatia 2&1
Tom Sloman / Thomas Plumb lost to Brandon Wu / Alex Smalley 2&1
GB&I 2 – USA 2

Day 1 Singles
Alex Fitzpatrick beat Cole Hammer by 2 Holes
Euan Walker beat Steven Fisk by 2 Holes
Sandy Scott beat Andy Ogletree by 1 Hole
Conor Purcell lost to John Augenstein by 2&1
James Sugrue lost to John Pak by 1 Hole
Conor Gough beat Isaiah Salinda by 2 Holes
Caolan Rafferty beat Alex Smalley by 2&1
Tom Sloman lost to Brandon Wu by 4&2
GB&I 5 – USA 3

Day 1: GB&I 7 – USA 5

Day 2 Foursomes
Alex Fitzpatrick / Conor Purcell lost to Brandon Wu / Alex Smalley 2&1
Sandy Scott / Euan Walker halved with John Augenstein / Andy Ogletree
Harry Hall / Conor Gough lost to Stewart Hagestad / Akshay Bhatia 3&2
Tom Sloman / Thomas Plumb beat Cole Hammer / Steven Fisk 5&3
GB&I 1.5 – USA 2.5

Day 2 Singles
Alex Fitzpatrick lost to Isaiah Salinda by 2 Holes
Euan Walker lost to John Pak by 2&1
Sandy Scott beat Brandon Wu 4&3
Caolan Rafferty lost to Alex Smalley by 2&1
Harry Hall lost to Stewart Hagestad by 5&3
Conor Gough lost to Andy Ogletree by 2&1
Thomas Plumb lost to John Augenstein by 4&3
James Sugrue lost to Akshay Bhatia by 4&2
Conor Purcell lost to Cole Hammer by 6&5
Tom Sloman beat Steven Fisk by 2 Holes.
GB&I 2 – USA 8

Match Result: GB&I 10.5 – USA 15.5

Series Results: USA 37 – GB&I 9 – Halved 1 (after Match 47) 

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USA Team (Photo: GolfBible)

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Players

GB&I Team

Alex FITZPATRICK (20) – Hallamshire, England
Conor GOUGH (17) – Stoke Park, England
Harry HALL (22) – West Cornwall, England
Thomas PLUMB (20) – Yeovil, England
Conor PURCELL (22) – Portmarnock, Ireland
Caolan RAFFERTY (26) – Dundalk, Ireland
Sandy SCOTT (21) – Nairn, Scotland
Tom SLOMAN (23) – Taunton & Pickeridge, England
James SUGRUE (22) – Mallow, Ireland
Euan WALKER (24) – Kilmarnock (Barassie), Scotland

The 2019 GB&I Team (Photo: The R&A)

USA Team

John AUGENSTEIN (21) – Owensboro, Kentucky
Akshay BHATIA (17) – Wake Forest, North Carolina
Steven FISK (22) – Stockbridge, Georgia
Stewart HAGESTAD (28) – Newport Beach, California
Cole HAMMER (19) – Houston, Texas
Andy OGLETREE (21) – Little Rock, Mississippi
John PAK (20) – Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Isaiah SALINDA (22) – South San Francisco, California
Alex SMALLEY (22) – Greensboro, North Carolina
Brandon WU (22) – Scarsdale, New York

U.S.A. Walker Cup Team (Photo: USGA)

There is more information on how both teams came to be selected further down this page.

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Royal Liverpool Golf Club

The R&A announced the selection of Royal Liverpool as the 2019 host course on 14th May 2013. 

Hoylake, as it is also known, hosted the 29th Walker Cup match in 1983 and was the venue for a first match between these two sides, played ahead of the Amateur Championship, in 1921.

The 2019 staging coincided with the Club’s 150th anniversary.

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Royal Liverpool Golf Club (© Royal Liverpool GC)

The championship course measures 7,290 yards and has a par of 71.

Royal Liverpool G.C. Course (Photo: The R&A / Golfbox Scoring)

Speaking ahead of the match GB&I captain Craig Watson said of Royal Liverpool “I think the course is perfectly suited to match play. You’ve got that opening hole which is going to be won or lost in a lot of matches and then you’ve got two par 5’s close together near the end, when momentum can change quickly. It’s going to be perfect for the Walker Cup.”

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The 2019 GB&I Walker Cup Team Selection Process

The 2019 GB&I Team Is Selected

The R&A announced the 10 man team for the 47th Walker Cup match on Monday 19th August. The following players were selected: –

Alex FITZPATRICK – Hallamshire, England
Conor GOUGH – Stoke Park, England
Harry HALL – West Cornwall, England
Thomas PLUMB – Yeovil, England
Conor PURCELL – Portmarnock, Ireland
Caolan RAFFERTY – Dundalk, Ireland
Sandy SCOTT – Nairn, Scotland
Tom SLOMAN – Taunton & Pickeridge, England
James SUGRUE – Mallow, Ireland
Euan WALKER – Kilmarnock (Barassie), Scotland

Reserves
Benjamin SCHMIDT – Rotherham
Benjamin JONES – Northamptonshire County

Players Who Missed Out

Here is a short list of the GB&I players I believe can consider themselves unlucky to miss out based on their Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) and World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).

Ben JONES (ENG) – SPWAR #19 / WAGR #39
Semi-Finalist at The Amateur Championship

Jake BURNAGE (ENG) – SPWAR #28 / WAGR #47
Winner of the St. Andrews Links Championship

Ronan MULLARNEY (IRE) – SPWAR #58 / WAGR #67
Winner of the Irish Amateur (Close)

Ben SCHMIDT (ENG) – SPWAR #116 / WAGR #8
Winner of the Brabazon Trophy and U18 Carris Trophy

SPWAR – as at 18/08/19 and including the U.S. Amateur results
WAGR – as at 14/08/19 and not including the U.S. Amateur results

GB&I captain Craig Watson said: “It has been a very difficult decision to select ten players for Great Britain and Ireland from a strong squad but we have been very impressed with the results of those we have picked and we believe they will give us the best chance of regaining the Walker Cup against a strong American team.

“The Walker Cup is a fantastic opportunity for these amateur golfers to demonstrate their talents on the big stage and it will be an experience that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We are looking forward to the match at Hoylake and I’m sure the players will give it their very best to win.”

The final selection looked particularly harsh on English pair Ben JONES and Jake BURNAGE.

The following table showed all of the GB&I players who enjoyed a Top 20 Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking or World Amateur Golf Ranking on the day of selection. As you can see Jones and Burnage both enjoyed positions in the top 10 of both of these rankings.

GB&I Squad Reduced To 16 Players

On the 22nd July 2019 The R&A announced that their initial GB&I Walker Cup Squad had been reduced to 16 players.

The following players then attended a second formal training session on 23-24 July at Royal Liverpool G.C.: –

Jake BURNAGE (ENG)
Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG)
Bailey GILL (ENG)
Harry HALL (ENG)
Ben JONES (ENG)
Matty LAMB (ENG)
David LANGLEY (ENG)
Joshua MCMAHON (ENG)
Thomas PLUMB (ENG)
Mark POWER (IRE)
Conor PURCELL (IRE)
Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE)
Sandy SCOTT (SCO)
Tom SLOMAN (ENG)
James SUGRUE (IRE)
Euan WALKER (SCO)

James Sugrue Secures His Place

On 22nd June 2019 Ireland’s James SUGRUE won The Amateur Championship at Portmarnock G.C.

As there is understandably an unwritten rule which states a home winner of The Amateur in the year of a match will be selected for the GB&I team we knew James had secured his place with this victory.

A 26 Man GB&I Squad Is Announced

On 24th April an Initial GB&I Squad of 26 players was announced: –

Jake BURNAGE – Saunton, England (23)
Kieran CANTLEY – Liberton, Scotland (21)
Ben CHAMBERLAIN – Padeswood & Buckley, Wales (21)
Archie DAVIES – Carlisle, Wales (17)
Alex FITZPATRICK – Hallamshire, England (20)
Bailey GILL – Lindrick, England (21)
Conor GOUGH – Stoke Park, England (16)
David HAGUE – Malton & Norton, England (22)
Harry HALL – West Cornwall, England (21)
Jake HAPGOOD – Southerndown, Wales (22)
Benjamin JONES – Northamptonshire County, England (19)
Ryan LUMSDEN – Royal Wimbledon, (22)
Euan MCINTOSH – Turnhouse, Scotland (50)
John MURPHY – Kinsale, Ireland (20)
Joseph PAGDIN – Lake Nona, England (17)
Thomas PLUMB – Yeovil, England (20)
Mark POWER – Kilkenny, Ireland (18)
Conor PURCELL – Portmarnock, Ireland (21)
Caolan RAFFERTY – Dundalk, Ireland (26)
Sandy SCOTT – Nairn, Scotland (20)
Tom SLOMAN – Taunton & Pickeridge, England (22)
Jamie STEWART – Old Course Ranfurly, Scotland (19)
James SUGRUE – Mallow, Ireland (22)
Tom THURLOWAY – Chartham Park, England (21)
Euan WALKER – Kilmarnock (Barassie), Scotland (23)
Robin WILLIAMS – Peterborough Milton, England (17)

A first practice session was then held on Wednesday 1st May at Royal Liverpool G.C. with 18 players attending.

The Walker Cup Squad – back (l-r) Jake Burnage, Conor Purcell, Caolan Rafferty, James Sugrue, Euan Walker, Ben Jones, Tom Plumb, Craig Watson (Captain), Bailey Gill, David Hague, Tom Thurloway, Jake Hapgood, Euan McIntosh, Mark Power, Kieran Cantley, Andy Ingram (Chairman of Selectors), front (l-r) Ben Chamberlain, Tom Sloman, Ian Finnis (Guest), Archie Davies and Robin Williams
(Photo: @RLGCHoylake)

 

An Informal GB&I Training Session Is Held At Royal Liverpool G.C.

An informal GB&I practice session took place on 18-19 December 2018 at Royal Liverpool G.C.

Bailey GILL (ENG), Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG), Jake HAPGOOD (WAL), Billy MCKENZIE (ENG), Conor PURCELL (IRE), Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE), Sandy SCOTT (SCO), Jamie STEWART (SCO), Tom THURLOWAY (ENG) and Euan WALKER (SCO) were the ten attendees.

Unfortunately the gathering clashed with the increasingly prestigious South Beach International Amateur in Miami Beach, Florida. Jake BURNAGE (ENG), Conor GOUGH (ENG), David LANGLEY (ENG), Ben JONES (ENG), Joe PAGDIN (ENG), Tom PLUMB (ENG) and Robin WILLIAMS (ENG), all of whom were probably also invited, were already committed to this and were therefore not able to attend.

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The 2019 U.S.A. Walker Cup Team Selection Process

“There are 7 votes, Captain’s don’t get a vote. You get substantial input.

I kind of pointed out that the WAGR was really great science for the players playing in the same tournaments but it inflated the juniors a little bit and was inconsistent with some of the mid-amateurs. I offered those opinions.

The all age tournaments were really important. The college players playing against each other was really important.

We missed out on one player we really wanted with Chandler Phillips because Andy Ogletree won the U.S. Amateur. The Competition Committee really allowed me to recruit the team I was focussed on and had monitored. It was basically a combination of all their performances as well as their WAGR rankings.

– Nathaniel Crosby, Silver Club Golfing Society Podcast, 16th September 2019 (i.e. after the match)

The International Team Selection Committee Choices

Shortly after the conclusion of play at the U.S. Amateur Championship on 18th August 2019 the U.S.G.A. announced the remaining 7 members of their 2019 team. These were: –

John AUGENSTEIN (21) – U.S. Amateur runner-up
Steven FISK (22)
Andy OGLETREE (21) – U.S. Amateur champion
John PAK (20)
Isaiah SALINDA (22)
Alex SMALLEY (22)
Brandon WU (22)

Chandler PHILLIPS (22) and Ricky CASTILLO (18) were also announced as first and second alternates respectively.

The Early WAGR-Based Selections
 
Cole HAMMER (19), Akshay BHATIA (17) and Stewart HAGESTAD (28) were selected for the 2019 U.S.A. Walker Cup team on Wednesday 24th July 2019 based on their World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR – Week 29) on that date.
 

The WAGR ranked Hammer 1st, Bhatia 4th and Hagestad 5th as the three leading U.S. players on their list at the end of Week 29.

Players Who Missed Out

Here is a short list of the U.S. players I believe can consider themselves unlucky to miss out based on their Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) and World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).

Quade CUMMINS – SPWAR #8 / WAGR #28
Winner of the Pacific Coast Amateur champion.

Pierceson COODY – SPWAR #12 / WAGR #31
Winner of the South Beach Invitational and Trans-Miss Amateur champion.

Austin ECKROAT – SPWAR #10 / WAGR #24
Consistent 2019 season, particularly for Oklahoma State.

Chandler PHILLIPS – SPWAR #23 / WAGR #13
Texas A&M record and Arnold Palmer Cup match.

Spencer RALSTON – SPWAR #7 / WAGR #45
Winner of the Players Amateur.

Cameron YOUNG – SPWAR #18 / WAGR #40
Consistent 2019 results, particularly for Wake Forest.

SPWAR – as at 18/08/19 and including the U.S. Amateur results
WAGR – as at 14/08/19 and not including the U.S. Amateur results

USA Summer 2019 Major Competition Results

Here is a list of the Summer 2019 notable U.S. events and their winners which will have influenced the final team selection:-

North and South Amateur – won by Cooper Dossey (June 24-29)
Sahalee Players – won by Joe Highsmith (July 1-3)
Trans-Miss Amateur – won by Pierceson Coody (July 9-12)
Players Amateur – won by Spencer Ralston (July 11-14)
Southern Amateur – won by AJ Ott (July 17-20)
U.S. Junior Amateur – won by Preston Summerhays (July 15-20)
Pacific Coast Amateur – won by Quade Cummins (July 23-26)
Palmetto Amateur – won by Jamie Wilson (July 24-27)
Porter Cup – won by Aiden Didone (AUS) (July 24-27)
Western Amateur – won by Garrett Rank (CAN) (July 30-Aug. 3)
U.S. Amateur – won by Andy Ogletree (Aug. 12-18)

Players Lost To The Pro Ranks

June 2019 saw three initial Walker Cup squad members turn pro. These were Will GORDON, Bryson NIMMER and Matthew WOLFF. Wolff had just won the  NCAA Division I Championship Individual title and was therefore a particular blow. Gordon and Nimmer both had 2019 Mackenzie Tour membership via Q-School and were unwilling to let these playing opportunities pass by.

Zach BAUCHOU, Sebastian CRAMPTON, Stephen FRANKEN, Philip KNOWLES, Patrick MARTIN and Tyler MCDANIEL were other highly rated U.S. amateurs to turn Pro in 2019.

Initial USA Walker Cup Squad

The USGA announced an initial Walker Cup squad on 18th November 2018.

16 players attended a practice session at Seminole G.C. in South Florida on December 14th – 18th:-

John AUGENSTEIN – Owensboro, Kentucky
Akshay BHATIA – Wake Forest, North Carolina
Will GORDON – Davidson, North Carolina
Stewart HAGESTAD – Newport Beach, California
Cole HAMMER – Houston, Texas
Brandon MANCHENO – Jacksonville, Florida
Bryson NIMMER – Bluffton, South Carolina
Kevin O’CONNELL – Cary, North Carolina
Matt PARZIALE – Brockton, Massachusetts
Chandler PHILLIPS – Huntsville, Texas
Trent PHILLIPS – Inman, South Carolina *
Isaiah SALINDA – South San Francisco, California
Alex SMALLEY – Wake Forest, North Carolina
Tyler STRAFACI – Davie, Florida
Matthew WOLFF – Agoura Hills, California
Brandon WU – Scarsdale, New York

* Davis RILEY – Hattiesburg, Mississippi – withdrew from the practice session on 25th November following his decision to turn professional. He was replaced by Trent PHILLIPS.

Stewart HAGESTAD was the only returning member of the 2017 USA Team who attended.

The USGA tweeted a gallery of photos from the session on 18th December: –

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