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They didn't make a dent
Sarah Pileggi
September 05, 1977
An unusually confident team of Britons once again failed to win the Walker Cup
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September 05, 1977

They Didn't Make A Dent

An unusually confident team of Britons once again failed to win the Walker Cup

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The Americans produced most of the best moments. Mike Brannan, a 21-year-old who is also from BYU, hit the outstanding shot of the first day, a 190-yard two-iron from the 18th fairway to two feet of the pin. Scott Simpson, the two-time NCAA champion from USC, who was unbeaten in three matches, sank a putt from clear across the green on the 17th hole Saturday that broke the back of his foursome match. And that afternoon Lindy Miller holed a 50-foot putt from the back of the 18th green that rolled like a freight train downhill into the cup.

Only those who follow amateur golf closely have heard much about these college boys, but this will not long be the case. They all plan to turn pro, some as soon as next week. The others will continue to play golf the amateur way, part-time and for the love of it—Dick Siderowf, 40, the New York stockbroker who last week was playing in his fourth Walker Cup; Jay Sigel, 32, a Pennsylvania insurance salesman; Fred Ridley, 24, a recent law-school graduate and 1975 Amateur champion, who has been hired by Mark McCormack; and Heafner, who is going to try being a businessman, at least for a while.

Looking on from the audience at the closing ceremonies last Saturday, as the light faded and fog began to blow in off the Atlantic, were a handful of people who had watched the first Walker Cup matches 55 years ago. One was a tall, stately, white-haired woman, now Mrs. Joseph C. Dey Jr. of Locust Valley, N.Y., but then 15-year-old Rosalie Knapp of New York City. She remembers standing near the 1st tee at the nearby National Golf Links, watching Cyril Tolley, Roger Wethered, Francis Ouimet and Jess Sweetser hit their tee shots. "They were giants to me then," she says. "I'm afraid I don't know these boys at all."

For the moment, though, the boys were heirs to the giants.

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