NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma junior Anthony Kim joins the 10-man U.S. team at this weekend’s Walker Cup Match at the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., Aug. 13-14.
It is Kim’s first competition since he took stroke-play medalist honors and played into the semifinals at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in July. At 20, the La Quinta, Calif., native is the second-youngest member of either team.
The Walker Cup is a match contested between a team of the best amateur golfers from the United States and from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The match is conducted every two years, alternately in the U.S. and Great Britain/Ireland.
The Walker Cup Match began in the wake of World War I with a view toward stimulating golf interest on both sides of the Atlantic. The match grew in part out of two international matches between the United States and Canada, in 1919 and 1920.
At the same time, British and American amateurs considered each nation's national amateur championship a great prize. Meanwhile, the United States Golf Association Executive Committee had been invited to Great Britain for a series of meetings with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews Rules Committee. The meeting was to look at the advisability of modifying various rules of the game. Among the participants was George Herbert Walker, USGA President in 1920 and great-grandfather of President George W. Bush.
Upon the Executive Committee's return to the United States, international team matches were discussed. The idea so appealed to Walker that he soon presented a plan and offered to donate a trophy. When the press dubbed the trophy the Walker Cup, the name stuck.
The first Walker Cup Match was held in 1922 at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y. Led by captain William C. Fownes Jr., the United States won the inaugural match, 8-4.
A total of 24 matches will be played during the two-day competition. Two different forms of match play are used in the competition; singles and foursomes (alternate shot). Four foursomes and eight singles matches are played on each of the two days of competition.
One point will be awarded for each match-play victory. In the event of a tie at the end of 18 holes, one-half point will be awarded to each team.
The United States lead the series, 31-5-1. Great Britain/Ireland has won the last four meetings.
The Golf Channel will show live action from the Walker Cup Match from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. All times Central.