1961 Walker Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1961 Walker Cup was the 18th time this competition took place. Following the United States victory, the all-time standings were 17 wins for Team USA, one win for Team GB&I.

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

Dates Played: September 1-2, 1961

Location: Seattle Country Club in Seattle, Washington

Team Captains: Charles Lawrie for Great Britain & Ireland, Jack Westland for the United States

Team Rosters:

  • GB&I — David Blair, Michael Bonallack, Joe Carr, Brian Chapman, Martin Christmas, David Frame, Gordon Huddy, Michael Lunt, Ronnie Shade, James Walker
  • USA — Gene Andrews, Deane Beman, Don Cherry, Bob Cochran, Charles Coe, Robert Gardner, Bill Hyndman, Jack Nicklaus, Charlie Smith, Bud Taylor
Notes: Jack Nicklaus completed his second and final Walker Cup for Team USA with a perfect 4-0-0 record. Here, he went 2-0, teaming with future PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman to win their foursomes match, 6 and 5, then beating Joe Carr in singles, 6 and 4.

The 10-point margin of victory matched the largest in Walker Cup history from the period when a total of 12 matches were played (Team USA also won 11-1 in the 1928 Walker Cup). This was the last Walker Cup played with 12 matches; the competition expanded in 1963.

The American captain was Jack Westland, who won the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1952 on the same golf course, Seattle CC. At the time of this tournament, Westland was a member of Washington state's House of Representatives.

1961 Walker Cup Results

Day 1 Foursomes

  • Deane Beman/Jack Nicklaus, USA, def. James Walker/Brian Chapman, GB&I, 6 and 5
  • Charles Coe/Don Cherry, USA, def. David Blair/Martin Christmas, GB&I, 1-up
  • Bill Hyndman/Robert Gardner, USA, def. Joe Carr/Gordon Huddy, GB&I, 4 and 3
  • Gene Andrews/Bob Cochran, USA, def. Michael Bonallack/Ronnie Shade, GB&I, 1-up
Score after first session: USA 4, GB&I 0

Day 2 Singles

  • Deane Beman, USA, def. Michael Bonallack, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Charles Coe, USA, def. Michael Lunt, GB&I, 5 and 4
  • Bud Taylor, USA, def. James Walker, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Bill Hyndman, USA, def. David Frame, GB&I, 7 and 6
  • Jack Nicklaus, USA, def. Joe Carr, GB&I, 6 and 4
  • Martin Christmas, GB&I, def. Charlie Smith, USA, 3 and 2
  • Robert Gardner, USA, def. Ronnie Shade, GB&I, 1-up
  • Don Cherry, USA, def. David Blair, GB&I, 5 and 4
Score of second session: USA 7, GB&I 1
Overall and final score: USA 11, GB&I 1

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