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New Faces: THE BRITISH WALKER CUP TEAM
Bernard Darwin
August 26, 1957
You would think that there would be very little to be said for a competition so one-sided that in 15 matches one team captured no less than 14 of them. This in brief is the history of the Walker Cup, the biennial two-day meeting between the best American and the best British amateurs. What is more, in recent years the matches have seldom been close, the British team failing on each of the last four occasions to win more than three of the possible 12 points (four foursomes on the first day, eight singles on the second). And yet, instead of drooping into a moribund affair, the Walker Cup has remained full of life and interest. How? Well, it is an international match and that always puts a wonderful keenness in the air. Beyond this, as anyone who attends the 16th Walker Cup match next week (August 30, 31) at the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis will experience, the series purveys a wonderful golfing flavor. And beyond this, the British through all their frustrations have never stopped hoping and trying.
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August 26, 1957

New Faces: The British Walker Cup Team

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I may take Bonallack and Shepperson together since they were in the final of the Boys' Championship together in 1952. Bonallack is a born game player who has worked hard at his golf and won the Army Championship when in National Service, and various other things—I don't think we have seen the best of him yet, for he has a great natural strategy. Shepperson duly succeeded Bonallack as Boys' champion and has since been a tower of strength to Oxford. Some people may think him lucky to be chosen because owing to his examinations at Oxford he could play in no leading events this summer, but to all who know his game well he had already given his proofs. In particular his play when he won the President's Putter of the Oxford and Cambridge Golfing Society was testimony enough. This is a tournament that takes a lot of winning and is played in fierce January weather on a big seaside course, Rye, often in winter tempests. He is rather tall and thin and willowy and has plenty of power and I never knew one so young who appears so calm. I have great belief in him.

So I have in Alan Bussell, another Boys' champion, the baby of the team and the third Scotsman, though at the moment he plays chiefly on the same Nottingham course as does Shepperson. In many ways I regard him as the first hope of British golf for he is a natural athlete as well as a fine golfer and he showed his courage in this year's championship semifinal when he harried and worried Reid Jack and though once 6 down only died at the 34th. I wish he drove a little straighter. When he does, let the others look out! And with him ends the list. I have no notion of their winning in America and least of all in August, but I shall be sad if they do not make a real fight for it and perhaps—who knows?—lay the foundation for a victory at home in 1959.

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