Curtis Cup

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The Curtis Cup is the best known team trophy for women amateur golfers, awarded in the biennial Curtis Cup Match (not "Matches"). It is co-organised by the United States Golf Association and the Ladies Golf Union and is contested by teams representing the United States and "Great Britain and Ireland". The same two teams originally contested the Ryder Cup, but unlike that competition, the Curtis Cup has not widened the Great Britain and Ireland team to include all Europeans (nor has the analogous event for amateur men, the Walker Cup). Many women who have gone on to become stars of women's professional golf have played in the Curtis Cup.

History[edit]

The first Curtis Cup Match was played in 1932 at the Wentworth Club in England, and was won by the American team. The trophy, a silver bowl of Paul Revere design, was donated by Harriot Curtis (who had won the U.S. Women's Amateur in 1906) and her sister Margaret (who had won it in 1907, 1911, and 1912). The Curtis sisters had competed in the 1905 British Ladies Amateur at Royal Cromer Golf Club, where an informal match had occurred between teams of American and British golfers, and they wanted to promote the international friendships in the world of women's golf. The cup is inscribed, "To stimulate friendly rivalry among the women golfers of many lands."

Discussions between various golf associations had been underway since 1924—the Curtis sisters had originally donated the trophy in 1927 to help these discussions along—but it was not until 1931 that the USGA and LGU agreed to co-sponsor the event. It was hoped that the French Golf Union would eventually participate, but that never occurred.[1]

The Curtis Cup Match is played every two years in even numbered years, alternating between the two sides of the Atlantic. Each team consists of eight golfers. In 2004, then fourteen-year-old Michelle Wie played for the U.S. becoming the youngest player in Curtis Cup history. She won both of her singles matches. The United States won the 2008 event, extending its overall lead to 26 wins to 6, with 3 ties. This match also saw a historic first, with Team USA's Stacy Lewis becoming the first player ever to go 5–0 in a single Curtis Cup Match.[1]

Format[edit]

The competition involves various match play matches between players selected from the two teams of 8, either singles, foursomes, or (starting in 2008) fourball. The winner of each match scores a point for their team, with ½ a point each for any match that is tied after 18 holes. If the entire Match is tied, the previously winning team retains the Cup.

A foursomes match is a competition between two teams of two golfers. The golfers on the same team take alternate shots throughout the match, with the same ball. Each hole is won by the team that completes the hole in the fewest shots. A fourball match is a competition between two teams of two golfers. All four golfers play their own ball throughout the round. Each hole is won by the team whose individual golfer had the lowest score. A singles match is a standard match play competition between two golfers.

The original format was a single day of competition, with three foursomes matches in the morning and six singles matches in the afternoon, for a total of nine points. In 1964, the format was changed to two days, with three foursomes and six singles matches each day, a total of 18 points. In 2008, the format changed to a three-day competition, with three foursomes and three fourball matches on each of the first two days, and eight singles matches on the final day, a total of 20 points.

Results[edit]

Year Venue Winning team Score Losing team Captains
2016 Dun Laoghaire Club
(Ballyman Glen, Ireland)
2014 St. Louis Country Club
(Ladue, Missouri)
United States United States 13 7 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Ellen Port
Wales Tegwen Matthews
2012 Nairn Golf Club
(Nairn, Scotland)
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
10½ United States United States United States Pat Cornett
Wales Tegwen Matthews
2010 Essex County Club
(Manchester, Massachusetts)
United States United States 12½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Noreen Mohler
Republic of Ireland Mary McKenna
2008 St Andrews Links
(St Andrews, Fife, Scotland)
United States United States 13 7 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Carol Semple Thompson
Republic of Ireland Mary McKenna
2006 Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
(Bandon, Oregon)
United States United States 11½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Carol Semple Thompson
Republic of Ireland Ada O'Sullivan
2004 Formby Golf Club
(Merseyside, England)
United States United States 10 8 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Martha Kirouac
Republic of Ireland Ada O'Sullivan
2002 Fox Chapel Golf Club
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
United States United States 11 7 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Mary Budke
England Pam Benka
2000 Ganton Golf Club
(Ganton, England)
United States United States 10 8 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Jane Bastanchury-Booth
England Claire Dowling
1998 The Minikahda Club
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
United States United States 10 8 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Barbara McIntire
Republic of Ireland Ita Butler
1996 Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
(Killarney, Ireland)
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
11½ United States United States United States Martha Lang
Republic of Ireland Ita Butler
1994 The Honors Course
(Chattanooga, Tennessee)
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
9 9 United States United States United States Lancy Smith
England Elizabeth Boatman
1992 Royal Liverpool Golf Club
(Hoylake, England)
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
10 8 United States United States United States Judy Oliver
England Elizabeth Boatman
1990 Somerset Hills Country Club
(Bernardsville, New Jersey)
United States United States 14 4 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Leslie Shannon
England Jill Thornhill
1988 Royal St George's Golf Club
(Sandwich, Kent, England)
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
11 7 United States United States United States Judy Bell
England Diane Bailey
1986 Prairie Dunes Country Club
(Hutchinson, Kansas)
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
13 5 United States United States United States Judy Bell
England Diane Bailey
1984 Muirfield
(Scotland)
United States United States United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Phyllis Preuss
England Diane Bailey
1982 Denver Country Club
(Denver, Colorado)
United States United States 14½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Betty Probasco
Republic of Ireland Marie O'Donnell
1980 St Pierre Golf & Country Club
(Chepstow, Wales)
United States United States 13 5 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Nancy Roth Syms
England Carol Comboy
1978 Apawamis Club
(Rye, New York)
United States United States 12 6 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Helen Sigel Wilson
England Carol Comboy
1976 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
(Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England)
United States United States 11½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Barbara McIntire
Scotland Belle Robertson
1974 San Francisco Golf Club
(San Francisco, California)
United States United States 13 5 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Sis Choate
Scotland Belle Robertson
1972 Western Gailes Golf Club
(Ayrshire, Scotland)
United States United States 10 8 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Jean Ashley Crawford
England Frances Stephens
1970 Brae Burn Country Club
(West Newton, Massachusetts)
United States United States 11½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Carolyn Cudone
England Jeanne Bisgood
1968 Royal County Down Golf Club
(Newcastle, Northern Ireland)
United States United States 10½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Evelynn Monsted
Northern Ireland Zara Bolton
1966 The Homestead
(Hot Springs, Virginia)
United States United States 13 5 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Dorothy Germain Porter
Northern Ireland Zara Bolton
1964 Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
(Porthcawl, South Wales)
United States United States 10½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Helen Hawes
England Elsie Corlett
1962 Broadmoor Golf Club
(Colorado Springs, Colorado)
United States United States 8 1 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Polly Riley
England Frances Stephens
1960 Lindrick Golf Club
(Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England)
United States United States United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Mildred Prunaret
England Maureen Garrett
1958 Brae Burn Country Club
(West Newton, Massachusetts)
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States United States United States Virginia Dennehy
Republic of Ireland Daisy Ferguson
1956 Prince's Golf Club
(Sandwich, Kent, England)
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
5 4 United States United States United States Edith Flippin
Northern Ireland Zara Bolton
1954 Merion Golf Club
(Ardmore, Pennsylvania)
United States United States 6 3 United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Edith Flippin
Republic of Ireland Baba Beck
1952 Muirfield
(Scotland)
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
5 4 United States United States United States Aniela Goldthwaite
England Katherine Cairns
1950 Country Club of Buffalo
(Williamsville, New York)
United States United States United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Glenna Collett Vare
England Diana Fishwick Critchley
1948 Royal Birkdale Golf Club
(Southport, England)
United States United States United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Glenna Collett Vare
England Doris Chambers
1940–1946: Not played due to World War II
1938 Essex County Club
(Manchester, Massachusetts)
United States United States United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Frances Stebbins
Scotland R. H. Wallace-Williamson
1936 King's Course
(Gleneagles, Scotland)
United States United States United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Glenna Collett Vare
England Doris Chambers
1934 Chevy Chase Club
(Chevy Chase, Maryland)
United States United States United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Glenna Collett Vare
England Doris Chambers
1932 Wentworth Club
(Wentworth, England)
United States United States United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United States Marion Hollins
England Joyce Wethered

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