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Hoylake gears up TO play host to walker cup

Royal Liverpool Golf Club set to stage 2019 match between GB&I and the USA

ROYAL LIVERPOOL Golf Club has been confirmed as the host 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.

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.

The prestigious team event was held at Hoylake in 1983 when the USA side, led by captain Jay Sigel, overcame Charlie Green’s GB&I team with a 13½ -10½ victory.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, the R&A’s 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.”

David Cromie, 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.”

This year’s Walker Cup match will be played at the National Golf Links of America from September 7-8. The 2015 match will be played at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club and the 2017 venue will be the Los Angeles Country Club.

The last time the Walker Cup was contested, at Royal Aberdeen in 2011, GB&I ran out 14-12 winners, ending the USA’s three-match winning streak.

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