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Walker Cup set for first spring staging as USGA names host courses

The United States Golf Association (USGA) has named Seminole Golf Club, in Juno Beach, Florida; and Cypress Point Club, in Pebble Beach, California; as the host sites for the 2021 and 2025 Walker Cup tournaments, with the former event set to become the first played in the spring in the US.

The 48th Walker Cup Match is scheduled for May 8-9, 2021. The 50th edition of the biennial team competition between 10 amateur players representing the United States and 10 from Great Britain and Ireland will then be held from September 6-7, 2025 in Pebble Beach. The international competition will return to Cypress Point for the first time since 1981, the club’s only previous USGA competition.

“The selections of Seminole Golf Club and Cypress Point Club as Walker Cup venues are emblematic of what George Herbert Walker intended when he helped create the first match in 1922,” Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman, said. “To have two of the United States’ greatest courses as host sites will not only produce memorable competitions but reinforces the stature of amateur golf in this country.”

Seminole Golf Club will host its first USGA event and the first Walker Cup Match in the state of Florida. The Walker Cup Match will be held in California for the third time in 2025 and west of the Mississippi River for the fifth time.

The USA leads the overall series, 35-9-1, but each side has won seven times since 1989. The 46th Walker Cup Match will be played at The Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course from September 9-10, 2017; and the 47th Match will be held at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, in Merseyside, England from September 7-8, 2019. The site of the 2023 Match has not been announced.

Great Britain and Ireland won the 2015 encounter, which was staged at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England, by 16-and-a-half points to nine-and-a-half.