Wallace Booth has often had to take a back seat to younger sister Carly during his life, but he plans to better her at this week’s Walker Cup. In fact, Booth says he literally will turn head over heels should Great Britain and Ireland win the match at Merion.
Carly played for GB&I in last year’s Curtis Cup at St. Andrews. Despite losing the match, she treated fans to a series of somersaults down the Old Course’s 18th fairway when the match finished.
The Booth family is known for its sporting prowess. Father Wally is a former wrestler, who won a silver medal at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Jamaica. Carly was the Scottish under-9 gymnastic champion before switching to golf.
Wallace trained as wrestler when he was younger before he took up golf. He isn’t quite as supple as Carly, but he can do things other golfers can’t. His best party trick is a backward somersault. I first witnessed Booth turning head over heels during the 2003 British Boys Championship at Royal Liverpool, where he reached the semifinals.
It was impressive back than, but it will be a bit more special at Merion should GB&I win. “I won’t do a series of back flips down the fairway like Carly did at St Andrews, but believe me if we win I’ll be only to happy to turn head over heels.”