Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club will host the Walker Cup for the first time when the 2015 match is staged there on 12-13 September.
On that occasion the visiting American team will be bidding to claim a 36th victory in a series which stretches back to 1922 after regaining the trophy with a commanding 17-9 triumph at the National Golf Links of America in September 2013. The USA leads the overall series 35-8-1 but it is just 7-6 ahead in the last 13 competitions.
Royal Lytham & St Annes has a proud history of supporting golf at the top level. It has staged 11 Open Championships, four Women’s British Opens, two Ryder Cups, the Curtis Cup, four Amateur Championships and three Ladies British Open Amateur Championships including in its inaugural year in 1893. The club also hosts the annual Lytham Trophy won in the past by many of the leading figures in the European Amateur game.
The USA was in inspired form as it claimed a decisive victory over GB&I in the 2013 Walker Cup at the National Golf Links of America. The hosts built a 8-4 lead after the opening day and then shared the second singles 2-2 before winning five out of the eight afternoon singles to emerge with a 17-9 victory.
A total of 26 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 the first day of the competition. On the second and final day of the competition there are again four foursome matches but there are two additional single matches, so that all team members play in the final session of the competition.
Foursomes is an alternate shot format where two players, who pair up as partners, represent each team and alternately play one ball. One player from each side will play from the teeing ground of the odd number holes and his partner will play the tee shots on the even number holes. During play of the hole, the partners alternate play of their ball into the hole.