1959 Walker Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1959 Walker Cup was the 17th time this competition took place. Following the United States victory, the all-time standings were 16 wins for Team USA, one win for Team GB&I.

Final Score: United States 9, Great Britain & Ireland 3

Dates Played: May 15-16, 1959

Location: Muirfield in Scotland

Team Captains: Charles Coe for the United States and Gerald Micklem for Great Britain & Ireland

Team Rosters:

  • USA — Tommy Aaron, Deane Beman, Bill Hyndman, Jack Nicklaus, Billy Joe Patton, Bud Taylor, Harvie Ward, Ward Wettlaufer, Charles Coe (playing captain)
  • GB&I — Michael Bonallack, Joe Carr, Reid Jack, Michael Lunt, David Marsh, Arthur Perowne, Doug Sewell, Alec Shepperson, Dickson Smith, Guy Wolstenholme
Notes: Team USA swept the Day 1 foursomes en route to the win. Jack Nicklaus made the first of his two Walker Cup appearances, partnering with Ward Wettlaufer in foursomes and defeating Dickson Smith in singles.

One of the foursomes wins was by a 9-and-8 margin: Billy Joe Patton and team captain Charles Coe defeated Michael Bonallack and Arthur Perowne. The margin is tied for the largest in foursomes in Walker Cup history (keep in mind matches were 36 holes at this point).

Bonallack made the first of his eight playing appearances for GB&I (he was named to the team in 1957 but didn't play). Bonallack today remains second all-time for GB&I in playing appearances, match wins and points earned.

1959 Walker Cup Results

Day 1 Foursomes

  • Harvie Ward/Bud Taylor, USA, def. Reid Jack/Doug Sewell, GB&I, 1-up
  • Bill Hyndman/Tommy Aaron, USA, def. Joe Carr/Guy Wolstenholme, GB&I, 1-up
  • Billy Joe Patton/Charles Coe, USA, def. Michael Bonallack/Arthur Perowne, 9 and 8
  • Ward Wettlaufer/Jack Nicklaus, USA, def. Michael Lunt/Alec Shepperson, GB&I, 2 and 1
Score after first session: USA 4, GB&I 0

Day 2 Singles

  • Joe Carr, GB&I, def. Charles Coe, USA, 2 and 1
  • Harvie Ward, USA, def. Guy Wolstenholme, GB&I, 9 and 8
  • Reid Jack, GB&I, def. Billy Joe Patton, USA, 5 and 3
  • Bill Hyndman, USA, def. Doug Sewell, GB&I, 4 and 3
  • Alec Shepperson, GB&I, def. Tommy Aaron, USA, 2 and 1
  • Deane Beman, USA, def. Michael Bonallack, GB&I, 2-up
  • Ward Wettlaufer, USA, def. Michael Lunt, GB&I, 6 and 5
  • Jack Nicklaus, USA, def. Dickson Smith, GB&I, 5 and 4
Score of second session: USA 5, GB&I 3
Overall and final score: USA 9, GB&I 3

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