- Walker Cup
The Walker Cup is a
golftrophy contested biennially in odd numbered years between teams comprising the leading amateurgolfers of the United Statesand Great Britainand Ireland(in political terms the United Kingdomand the Republic of Ireland). The event, officially called the Walker Cup Match (not "Matches", unlike the professional Ryder Cup Matches), is co-organised by the R&Aand the United States Golf Association, and is named in honor of George Herbert Walker(grandfather and namesake of the former President of the United States George H. W. Bushand great-grandfather of current President George W. Bush), who was president of the USGA in 1920 when the series was initiated. There was an unofficial event in 1921 and annual events to 1924. From that time on it became a biennial event, and after World War Two it switched to odd numbered years. It is played alternately on either side of the Atlantic. Half points for matches finishing even were awarded for the first time in 1971.
The Match employs a combination of foursomes (alternate-shot) and singles competition and was originally the format used for the professional equivalent
Ryder Cup, which also began as a competition between the U.S. and the United Kingdom; unlike the Ryder Cup, the Walker Cup has never been expanded to make all European amateur golfers eligible to compete. There is little present competitive reason to do so: although the United States leads the series 33 to 7, with one halved match, through 2007, the two teams are even at 5–5 over the last 10 matches, and each of the last three matches has been decided by one point.
* [http://www.walkercup.org/ Official site]
*http://www.walkercuphistory.com - definitive site containing complete history and statistics (paid subscription site).
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