1969 Walker Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1969 Walker Cup was the 22nd time this competition took place. Following the United States victory, the all-time standings were 20 wins for Team USA, one win for Team GB&I, one tie.

Final Score: United States 10, Great Britain & Ireland 8

Dates Played: August 22-23, 1969

Location: Milwaukee Country Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Team Captains: Michael Bonallack for Great Britain & Ireland, Billy Joe Patton for the United States

Team Rosters:

  • GB&I — Peter Benka, Andrew Brooks, Tom Craddock, Bruce Critchley, Rodney Foster, Charles Green, Michael King, Geoffrey Marks, Peter Tupling, Michael Bonallack (playing captain)
  • USA — John Bohmann, Bruce Fleischer, Vinny Giles, Bill Hyndman, Joe Inman, Steve Melnyk, Allen Miller, Dick Siderowf, Ed Updegraff, Lanny Wadkins
Notes: Team USA jumped out to a 7-3 lead at the end of Day 1, then had to hold on for a 10-8 victory. Team GB&I limited the Americans to just two wins in the Day 2 singles session.

One of the key matches happened on Day 1, however. In the singles match between GB&I's playing captain Michael Bonallack and 1968 U.S. Amateur champion Bruce Fleischer, Bonallack was 5-up with six holes to play. Fleischer then won five consecutive holes, and the match ended halved.

Six matches overall were halved. At this time in Walker Cup history, halved matches resulted in zero points being awarded. But the 1969 Walker Cup was last time that was true — beginning in 1971, a tied match resulted in both sides earning a half-point.

1969 Walker Cup Results

Day 1

Foursomes
  • Steve Melnyk/Vinny Giles, USA, def. Michael Bonallack/Tom Craddock, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Peter Benka/Bruce Critchley, GB&I, halved with Bruce Fleisher/Allen Miller, USA
  • Charlie Green/Andrew Brooks, GB&I, def. Lanny Wadkins/Dick Siderowf, USA, 3 and 2
  • Bill Hyndman/Joe Inman, USA, def. Rodney Foster/Geoff Marks, GB&I, 2 and 1
Score after first session: USA 2, GB&I 1

Singles

  • Michael Bonallack, GB&I, halved with Bruce Fleisher, USA
  • Vinny Giles, USA, def. Charlie Green, GB&I, 1-up
  • Allen Miller, USA, def. Bruce Critchley, GB&I, 1-up
  • Dick Siderowf, USA, def. Peter Tupling, GB&I, 6 and 5
  • Peter Benka, GB&I, def. Steve Melnyk, USA, 3 and 1
  • Geoff Marks, GB&I, def. Lanny Wadkins, USA, 1-up
  • John Bohmann, USA, def. Michael King, GB&I, 2 and 1
  • Ed Updegraff, USA, def. Rodney Foster, GB&I, 6 and 5
Score of second session: USA 5, GB&I 2
Cumulative score after two sessions: USA 7, GB&I 3

Day 2

Foursomes
  • Charlie Green/Andrew Brooks, GB&I, halved with Vinny Giles/Steve Melnyk, USA
  • Peter Benka/Bruce Critchley, GB&I, def. Bruce Fleisher/Allen Miller, USA, 2 and 1
  • Dick Siderowf/Lanny Wadkins, USA, def. Rodney Foster/Michael King, GB&I, 6 and 5
  • Michael Bonallack/Peter Tupling, GB&I, def. Ed Updegraff/John Bohmann, USA, 4 and 3
Score of third session: GB&I 2, USA 1
Cumulative score after three sessions: USA 8, GB&I 5

Singles

  • Michael Bonallack, GB&I, def. Bruce Fleisher, USA, 5 and 4
  • Bruce Critchley, GB&I, halved with Dick Siderowf, USA
  • Allen Miller, USA, def. Michael King, GB&I, 1-up
  • Vinny Giles, USA, halved with Tom Craddock, GB&I
  • Joe Inman, USA, def. Peter Benka, GB&I, 2 and 1
  • Andrew Brooks, GB&I, def. John Bohmann, USA, 4 and 3
  • Charlie Green, GB&I, halved with Bill Hyndman, USA
  • Geoff Marks, GB&I, def. Ed Updegraff, USA, 3 and 2
Score of fourth session: GB&I 3, USA 2
Overall and final score: USA 10, GB&I 8

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