National Golf Links of America will host the Walker Cup next weekend, September 7th and 8th. Never heard of the Walker Cup? You can think of it as the amateur version of the Ryder Cup. The U.S. fields a ten-man team against a team comprised of amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland. Play takes place over two days which include of foursomes and individual match play.
Here’s a round up of recent articles on the upcoming event…
Mark Herrmann of the News Day writes about the history of this storied event.
The Walker Cup seemed like a good idea back in 1922, when the amateur golf match debuted at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton. At the time, Innis Brown wrote in American Golfer magazine that the top players were “polishing their niblicks” in preparation for an event that “promises in time to become one of the big annual contests for world team supremacy.”
No one is debating that claim now that the top amateurs from the United States and Great Britain and Ireland are polishing their sleek hybrids for the Walker Cup’s return to the National next Saturday and Sunday. All these years later, the course’s layout is still almost exactly the same. And the trophy donated by George Herbert Walker, won 91 years ago by Americans Bobby Jones, Francis Ouimet and Chick Evans, still has a youthful sheen.
Hank Gola from The Daily News gives a nod to the busy sport weekend yet makes a strong case for coming out and watching.
We know there’s a lot to do, it being the first week of the NFL season, the start of high school football on the island and with the pennant races and U.S. Open tennis in full swing so we put together a list of 12 reasons why every golf fan should venture out to take it in:
Here are my three favorite:
9. The Lobster Roll in Amagansett is right up Montauk Highway, even if you can’t have the lobster lunch in the NGLA clubhouse.
10. You can get a rare glimpse inside NGLA. Then you can be sick that you will probably never get a chance to play it.
11. You can drive by Shinnecock Hills on the way in and out . . . and think the same thing.