1928 Walker Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1928 Walker Cup was the fifth time this competition was played. Following Team USA's win, the all-time standings were five wins for the United States, zero wins for Team GB&I.

Final Score: United States 11, Great Britain & Ireland 1

Dates Played: August 30-31, 1928

Location: Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois

Team Captains: William Tweddell for Great Britain & Ireland; Bobby Jones for the United States

Team Rosters:

  • GB&I — John Beck, Ronald Hardman, Charles Hezlet, William Hope, Archibald MacCallum, Noel Martin, Philip Perkins, Eustace Storey, Tony Torrance, William Tweddell (playing captain)
  • USA — Chick Evans, Watts Gunn, Jimmy Johnston, Roland MacKenzie, Francis Ouimet, Jess Sweetser, George Von Elm, Bobby Jones (playing captain)
Notes: During the 1926 Walker Cup, Bobby Jones established a record by winning his singles match 12-and-11. At the 1928 Walker Cup, he broke that record.

Jones beat Philip Perkins (a British Amateur Championship winner) by a 13-and-12 score, setting a record for singles margin of victory in the Walker Cup that still stands. And it's an unbreakable record, because today singles matches are only 18 holes; at the time, they were 36.

And Jones beat Perkins by an even bigger score, 14-and-13, a little later in the championship match of the U.S. Amateur. (Not Perkins' worst day, however: He was once taken hostage, used as a human shield and shot during a robbery.)

Tony Torrance was the only match winner for the GB&I. This was the first of three Walker Cups in which Torrance was the only GB&I player to win a singles match.

1928 Walker Cup Results

Day 1 Foursomes

  • George Von Elm/Jess Sweetser, USA, def. Philip Perkins/William Tweddell, GB&I, 7 and 6
  • Bobby Jones/Chick Evans, USA, def. Charles Hezlet/William Hope, GB&I, 5 and 3
  • Jimmy Johnston/Francis Ouimet, USA, def. Eustace Storey/Tony Torrance, GB&I, 4 and 2
  • Watts Gunn/Roland MacKenzie, USA, def. John Beck/Achibald MacCallum, GB&I, 7 and 5
Score after first session: USA 4, GB&I 0

Day 2 Singles

  • Bobby Jones, USA, def. Philip Perkins, GB&I, 13 and 12
  • George Von Elm, USA, def. William Tweddell, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Francis Ouimet, USA, def. Charles Hezlet, GB&I, 8 and 7
  • Jess Sweetser, USA, def. William Hope, GB&I, 5 and 4
  • Jimmy Johnston, USA, def. Eustace Storey, GB&I, 4 and 2
  • Tony Torrance, GB&I, def. Chick Evans, USA, 1-up
  • Watts Gunn, USA, def. Ronald Hardman, GB&I, 11 and 1
  • Roland MacKenzie, USA, def. Noel Martin, GB&I, 2 and 1
Score of second session: USA 7, GB&I 1
Overall and final score: USA 11, GB&I 1

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