However, in 1921, when the USGA invited all golfing nations to send teams to compete for the Cup, no country was able to accept that year. The Americans didn’t abort their mission and William C. Fownes, the 1910 US Amateur champion, who had twice assembled amateur teams that played against Canada in 1919 and 1920, rounded up a third team.
It included Charles ‘Chick’ Evans, Francis Ouimet and Robert T. Jones. Its destination was Hoylake. The opposition was a British team featuring the likes of Tommy Armour and Cyril Tolley. Though the match, staged the day before the British Amateur, was informal, it was contested keenly – the Americans emerged victorious, 9 matches to 3.
This would have seemed an unlikely result shortly after their arrival at Hoylake in the midst of a long, dry spell of weather on the Wirral peninsula. The fairways were running fast, and the visitors had difficulty stopping the ball on unwatered greens during their practice rounds, including a morning 71 by Bobby Jones, followed by an 80 in the afternoon. He later described Hoylake as “dried out with the turf hard and the greens like glass. They don’t water the greens over there; they believe in letting nature take its course.”