1963 Walker Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1963 Walker Cup was the 19th time this competition took place. Following the United States victory, the all-time standings were 18 wins for Team USA, one win for Team GB&I.

Final Score: United States 12, Great Britain & Ireland 8

Dates Played: May 24-25, 1963

Location: Turnberry (Ailsa Course) in Scotland

Team Captains: Richard Tufts for the United States and Charles Lawrie for Great Britain & Ireland

Team Rosters:

  • USA — Deane Beman, Charles Coe, Richard Davies, Robert Gardner, Downing Gray, Labron Harris Jr., Billy Joe Patton, R.H. Sikes, Charlie Smith, Ed Updegraff
  • GB&I — Michael Bonallack, Joe Carr, Martin Christmas, Charlie Green, Michael Hunt, David Madeley, Stuart Murray, Sandy Saddler, Ronnie Shade, David Sheahan
Notes: The Walker Cup expanded this year from 12 matches total to 24 matches total. Previously, there had been four, 36-hole foursomes, and eight, 36-hole singles. Here, there were eight, 18-hole foursomes (four on each day) and 16, 18-hole singles (eight on each day).

Ironically, had the format not changed, Team GB&I would have won for only the second time in Walker Cup history: They led 6-3 following the first 12 matches. But on Day 2, Team USA took the lead by sweeping all four of the foursomes, then closed it out with five singles wins. Although the GB&I side had the overall edge in singles (7-6-3), the American side dominated foursomes (6-1-1).

American captain Richard Tufts, at age 67, was the oldest Walker Cup team captain to date (a record since broken). For Team USA, Charles Coe made the last of his six playing appearances, leading his side with a 3-0-1 record.

Joe Carr played in his ninth Walker Cup for GB&I, establishing a new Walker Cup record. He played in one more, and his record of 10 playing appearances still stands today.

The 1963 Walker Cup was the last in Team USA's 9-Cup winning streak that began in 1947, one of two 9-Cup win streaks the American side has recorded in the Walker Cup.

1963 Walker Cup Results

(Note: At this point in Walker Cup history, halved matches resulted in zero points awarded.)

Day 1

Foursomes
  • Michael Bonallack/Stuart Murray, GB&I, def. Billy Joe Patton/R.H. Sikes, USA, 4 and 3
  • Downing Gray/Labron Harris Jr., USA, def. Joe Carr/Charlie Green, GB&I, 2-up
  • Deane Beman/Charles Coe, USA, def. Michael Lunt/David Sheahan, GB&I, 5 and 3
  • Robert Gardner/Ed Updegraff, USA, halved with David Madeley/Ronnie Shade, GB&I

Score after first session: USA 2, GB&I 1

Singles

  • Stuart Murray, GB&I, def. Deane Beman, USA, 3 and 1
  • Billy Joe Patton, USA, def. Martin Christmas, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Joe Carr, GB&I, def. R.H. Sikes, USA, 7 and 5
  • David Sheahan, GB&I, def. Labron Harris Jr., USA, 1-up
  • Michael Bonallack, GB&I, def. Richard Davies, USA, 1-up
  • Charles Coe, USA, halved with Sandy Saddler, GB&I
  • Ronnie Shade, GB&I, def. Downing Gray, USA, 4 and 3
  • Charlie Smith, USA, halved with Michael Lunt, GB&I
Score of second session: GB&I 5, USA 1
Cumulative score after two sessions: GB&I 6, USA 3

Day 2

Foursomes
  • Billy Joe Patton/R.H. Sikes, USA, def. Michael Bonallack/Stuart Murray, GB&I, 1-up
  • Downing Gray/Labron Harris Jr., USA, def. Michael Lunt/David Sheahan, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Robert Gardner/Ed Updegraff, USA, def. Charlie Green/Sandy Saddler, GB&I, 3 and 1
  • Deane Beman/Charles Coe, USA, def. David Madeley/Ronnie Shade, GB&I, 3 and 2
Score of third session: USA 4, GB&I 0
Cumulative score after three sessions: USA 7, GB&I 6

Singles

  • Billy Joe Patton, USA, def. Stuart Murray, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • David Sheahan, GB&I, def. Richard Davies, USA, 1-up
  • Ed Updegraff, USA, def. Joe Carr, GB&I, 4 and 3
  • Labron Harris Jr., USA, def. Michael Bonallack, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Robert Gardner, USA, def. Michael Lunt, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Sandy Saddler, GB&I, halved with Deane Beman, USA
  • Ronnie Shade, GB&I, def. Downing Gray, USA, 2 and 1
  • Charles Coe, USA, def. Charlie Green, GB&I, 4 and 3
Score of fourth session: USA 5, GB&I 2
Overall and final score: USA 12, GB&I 8

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