In 1920, the great English golfers Cyril Tolley and Roger Wethered went on a golfing expedition to the United States. The point of the expedition was to check out the state of the amateur game in America. Roger Wethered wrote expensively about how he was beyond impressed with talent in America and thought that the American golf invasion of Europe was imminent.
During that expedition, a special dinner was held for the traveling Brits at National Golf Links of America. We do not know for certain whether staging a international amateur tournament was specifically discussed, but we do know that that meeting started a process that would result in the 1st Walker Cup being held at National Golf Links just 2 years later (almost exactly 2 years to the day).
This engraved NGLA cup was given to Robert Gardner, who would play on the American Walker Cup Team in 1922. Garner was the US Amateur Champion in 1909 and 1915. It is also engraved with the names of the British visitors - Cyrill Tolley, Roger Wethered, and Lord Charles Hope. Both Tolley and Wethered would play for Great Britain in that 1922 Walker Cup.
To Robert A. Gardner
A Souvenir of a Dinner Given To
Cyril J. Tolley
Lord Charles Hope
Robert A. Gardner
National Golf Links Of America
August 20th 1920"