1965 Walker Cup Winner and Match Scores

In the 1965 Walker Cup, something happened that had happened only once before: Team GB&I didn't lose. But they also didn't win. This was the 20th time the Walker Cup was played. Following the tied final score, the all-time standings were 18 wins for Team USA, one win for Team GB&I, and one tie. As the defending champion, Team USA retained the Cup.

Final Score: United States 11, Great Britain & Ireland 11 (USA retains Cup)

Dates Played: September 3-4, 1965

Location: Baltimore Country Club (Five Farms Old Course) in Baltimore, Maryland

Team Captains: Joe Carr for Great Britain & Ireland, Johnny Fischer for the United States

Team Rosters:

  • GB&I — Michael Bonallack, Clive Clark, Gordon Clark, Rodney Roster, Michael Lunt, Sandy Saddler, Ronnie Shade, Peter Townsend
  • USA — Don Allen, Deane Beman, William C. Campbell, Dave Eichelberger, Downing Gray, John Mark Hopkins, Dale Morey, Billy Joe Patton, Ed Tutwiler, Ed Updegraff
Notes: For the first time in Walker Cup history, the tournament ended in a tie. And just as in the Ryder Cup, the tie goes to the defending champion, which meant that Team USA held the trophy for another two years.

The tie ended a 9-Cup winning streak for Team USA, one of two 9-cup win streaks the American side has had in the Walker Cup.

Team GB&I won the opening foursomes sessions and dominated the Day 1 singles session to lead, 8-3, at the end of Day 1. Team USA made up no ground in the Day 2 foursomes, but rallied in the final singles session, winning six of the eight matches to achieve the final tie score.

By the time of the final match on the course, though, it was actually GB&I that needed to rally for the tie. American John Mark Hopkins held a 1-up lead over Clive Clark going to the 18th hole. Hopkins halving or winning that hole meant Team USA would get the outright win. But Clark holed a 35-foot putt to win the hole and salvage the tie.

Billy Joe Patton played for Team USA for the fifth and final time. At the end of the 1965 Walker Cup, Patton held the overall Walker Cup record (since bettered) of 11 match victories.

1965 Walker Cup Results

(Note: Prior to 1971, halved matches in the Walker Cup resulted in zero points being awarded.)

Day 1

  • Michael Lunt/Gordon Cosh, GB&I, def. William C. Campbell/Downing Gray, USA, 1-up
  • Michael Bonallack/Clive Clark, GB&I, halved with Deane Beman/Don Allen, USA
  • Billy Joe Patton/Ed Tutwiler, USA, def. Rodney Foster/Gordon Clark, GB&I, 5 and 4
  • Peter Townsend/Ronnie Shade, GB&I, def. John Mark Hopkins/Dave Eichelberger, USA, 2 and 1
Score after first session: GB&I 2, USA 1


  • William C. Campbell, USA, def. Michael Bonallack, GB&I, 6 and 5
  • Deane Beman, USA, def. Rodney Foster, GB&I, 2-up
  • Ronnie Shade, GB&I, def. Downing Gray, USA, 3 and 1
  • Clive Clark, GB&I, def. John Mark Hopkins, USA, 5 and 3
  • Peter Townsend, GB&I, def. Billy Joe Patton, USA, 3 and 2
  • Sandy Saddler, GB&I, def. Dale Morey, USA, 2 and 1
  • Gordon Cosh, GB&I, def. Don Allen, USA, 2-up
  • Michael Lunt, GB&I, def. Ed Updegraff, USA, 2 and 1
Score of second session: GB&I 6, USA 2
Cumulative score after two sessions: GB&I 8, USA 3

Day 2

  • William C. Campbell/Downing Gray, USA, def. Sandy Saddler/Rodney Foster, GB&I, 4 and 3
  • Ronnie Shade/Peter Townsend, GB&I, def. Deane Beman/Dave Eichelberger, USA, 2 and 1
  • Ed Tutwiler/Billy Joe Patton, USA, def. Gordon Cosh/Michael Lunt, 2 and 1
  • Clive Clark/Michael Bonallack, GB&I, def. Don Allen/Dale Morey, USA, 2 and 1
Score of third session: GB&I 2, USA 2
Cumulative score after three sessions: GB&I 10, USA 5


  • William C. Campbell, USA, def. Rodney Foster, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Deane Beman, USA, def. Sandy Saddler, GB&I, 1-up
  • Ed Tutwiler, USA, def. Ronnie Shade, GB&I, 5 and 3
  • Gordon Cosh, GB&I, def. Don Allen, USA, 4 and 3
  • Downing Gray, USA, def. Peter Townsend, GB&I, 1-up
  • Clive Clark, GB&I, halved with John Mark Hopkins, USA
  • Dave Eichelberger, USA, def. Michael Bonallack, GB&I, 5 and 3
  • Billy Joe Patton, USA, def. Michael Lunt, GB&I, 4 and 2
Score of fourth session: USA 6, GB&I 1
Overall and final score: USA 11, GB&I 11 (USA retains the Cup)

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