Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake has been named as the venue for the 2019 Walker Cup Match.
The 47th biennial match between the amateurs of Great Britain and Ireland and the USA will be played in September 2019 at Royal Liverpool as the Club celebrates the 150th anniversary of its foundation.
Hoylake was the venue for a match between the USA and Great Britain in 1921 and the following year the first official Walker Cup match was played at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York.
Hoylake is no stranger to top class amateur events having hosted The Amateur Championship on 18 occasions and the Curtis Cup in 1992.
The club boasts a strong amateur golfing heritage. Two of the game’s greatest amateur players, John Ball Jr and Harold Hilton, were members of Royal Liverpool and boast three Open Championships, twelve Amateur Championships and one US Amateur Championship between them.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships, said, “The Walker Cup is one of the most historic and prestigious events in golf. We are delighted to be taking the match back to Royal Liverpool in its 150th year. Hoylake will provide an outstanding challenge for both teams. It is one of the finest tests of links golf to be found anywhere and has hosted many successful championships over the years.”
Simon Newland, the Secretary of Royal Liverpool Golf Club, said, “The members of Royal Liverpool are extremely proud of their rich heritage and the many memorable golfing moments that have been played out over the links at Hoylake. It will be an honour and privilege to host the Walker Cup in 2019, an event that will be the pinnacle of the 150th celebrations at the Club.”
About the Walker Cup
The Walker Cup match is contested between teams of ten players from GB&I and the USA. It is played over two days with 18 singles matches and ten foursomes matches. The 2015 match was played at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, when GB&I were victorious 16.5 v 9.5. The 2017 venue will be the Los Angeles Country Club.
Many great players have taken part in the Walker Cup over the years including Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for the USA and Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell for GB&I.
The GB&I team reclaim the Walker Cup in spectacular fashion at Royal Lytham & St Annes GC in September 2015