1997 Walker Cup: USA 18, GB&I 6

This was the 36th time the Walker Cup was played, and it resulted in the second-largest winning margin (12 points) to this point in the tournament's history. Following Team United States' victory of Team Great Britain & Ireland, the USA had 31 wins in the Walker Cup, GB&I four, with one Cup halved.

Final Score: USA 18, GB&I 6

Dates Played: August 9-10, 1997

Location: Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, New York

Team Captains: Clive Brown (GB&I) and A. Downing Gray Jr. (USA)

Team Rosters: GB&I — Michael Brooks, Richard Coughlan, Barclay Howard, Keith Nolan, David Park, Graham Rankin, Justin Rose, Craig Watson, Gary Wolstenholme, Steven Young. USA — Jerry Courville Jr., Duke Delcher, Brad Elder, Jason Gore, John Harris, Joel Kribel, Randy Leen, Buddy Marucci Jr., Steve Scott, Chris Wollmann.

Notes: It was a great start for Team USA, a terrible one for GB&I in the Day 1 foursomes: a 4-0 sweep for the Americans. And GB&I never recovered. Team USA won every session. Brad Elder led the American side with a perfect 4-0-0 record. Justin Rose, 10 days past his 17th birthday, went 2-2 for GB&I and was the youngest Walker Cup competitor to this point.

Day 1 Results

Foursomes

  • Brad Elder/Joel Kribel, USA, def. Barclay Howard/Steven Young, GB&I, 4 and 3
  • Jerry Courville Jr./Buddy Marucci, USA, def. Justin Rose/Michael Brooks, GB&I, 5 and 4
  • Jason Gore/John Harris, USA, def. Gary Wolstenholme/Keith Nolan, GB&I, 6 and 4
  • Randy Leen/Chris Wollmann, USA, def. Richard Coughlan/David Park, GB&I, 1-up
Singles

  • Craig Watson, GB&I, def. Steve Scott, USA, 1-up
  • Steven Young, GB&I, def. Duke Delcher, USA, 5 and 4
  • Brad Elder, USA, def. Barclay Howard, GB&I, 5 and 4
  • Justin Rose, GB&I, def. Joel Kribel, USA, 1-up
  • Randy Leen, USA, def. Keith Nolan, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Jason Gore, USA, def. Graham Rankin, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Richard Coughlan, GB&I, halved with Chris Wollmann, USA
  • John Harris, USA, def. Gary Wolstenholme, GB&I, 1-up
Day 2 Results

Foursomes
  • Brad Elder/John Harris, USA, def. Craig Watson/Steven Young, GB&I, 3 and 2
  •  Jerry Courville Jr./Buddy Marucci, USA, def. Barclay Howard/Graham Rankin, GB&I, 5 and 4
  • Duke Delcher/Steve Scott, USA, def. Richard Coughlan/David, GB&I, 1-up
  • Gary Wolstenholme/Justin Rose, GB&I, def. Randy Leen/Chris Wollmann, USA, 2 and 1
Singles
  • Steven Young, GB&I, def. Joel Kribel, USA, 2 and 1
  •  Craig Watson, GB&I, halved with Jason Gore, USA
  • Jerry Courville Jr., USA, def. Justin Rose, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Brad Elder, USA, def. Keith Nolan, GB&I, 2 and 1
  • John Harris, USA, def. Michael Brooks, GB&I, 6 and 5
  • Buddy Marucci, USA, def. David Park, GB&I, 4 and 3
  • Duke Delcer, USA, def. Gary Wolstenholme, GB&I, 2 and 1
  • Steve Scott, USA, def. Richard Coughlan, GB&I, 2 and 1

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