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The Curtis Cup is the best known team trophy for women amateur golfer, 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 Statesmarker and "Great Britainmarker and Irelandmarker". 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 (and neither 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

The first Curtis Cup Match was played in 1932 at the Wentworth Clubmarker in Englandmarker, 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 United States Women's Amateur Golf Championship 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 Golf Championship, 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.[112877]

The Curtis Cup Match is played every two years in even numbered years, alternating between the two sides of the Atlanticmarker. 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.

Format

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 will change 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. [112878]

Results

Year Venue Winning Team Score Losing Team Captains
2012 Nairn Golf Club

(near Invernessmarker, Scotlandmarker)
2010 Essex County Club

(Manchester, Massachusettsmarker)
2008 St Andrews Linksmarker

(St Andrewsmarker, Fifemarker, Scotlandmarker)
 United States 13 7  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Carol Semple Thompson

 Mary McKenna
2006 Bandon Dunes Golf Resortmarker

(Bandon, Oregonmarker)
 United States 11½  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Carol Semple Thompson

 Ada O'Sullivan
2004 Formby Golf Clubmarker

(Merseyside, Englandmarker)
 United States 10 8  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Martha Kirouac

 Ada O'Sullivan
2002 Fox Chapel Golf Club

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker)
 United States 11 7  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Mary Budke

 Pam Benka
2000 Ganton Golf Clubmarker

(Gantonmarker, Englandmarker)
 United States 10 8  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Jane Bastanchury-Booth

 Claire Dowling
1998 The Minikahda Club

(Minneapolis, Minnesotamarker)
 United States 10 8  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Barbara McIntire

 Ita Butler
1996 Killarney Golf Club

(Killarneymarker, Irelandmarker)
 Great Britain &

 Ireland
11½  United States  Martha Lang

 Ita Butler
1994 The Honors Course

(Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker)
 Great Britain &

 Ireland
9 9  United States  Lancy Smith

 Elizabeth Boatman
1992 Royal Liverpool Golf Clubmarker

(Hoylakemarker, Englandmarker)
 Great Britain &

 Ireland
10 8  United States  Judy Oliver

 Elizabeth Boatman
1990 Somerset Hills Country Club

(Bernardsville, New Jerseymarker)
 United States 14 4  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Leslie Shannon

 Jill Thornhill
1988 Royal St George's Golf Clubmarker

(Sandwichmarker, Kentmarker, Englandmarker)
 Great Britain &

 Ireland
11 7  United States  Judy Bell

 Diane Bailey
1986 Prairie Dunes Country Clubmarker

(Hutchinson, Kansasmarker)
 Great Britain &

 Ireland
13 5  United States  Judy Bell

 Diane Bailey
1984 Muirfieldmarker

(Scotlandmarker)
 United States  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Phyllis Preuss

 Diane Bailey
1982 Denver Country Club

(Denver, Coloradomarker)
 United States 14½  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Betty Probasco

 Marie O'Donnell
1980 St Pierre Golf & Country Clubmarker

(Chepstowmarker, Walesmarker)
 United States 13 5  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Nancy Roth Syms

 Carol Comboy
1978 Apawamis Club

(Rye, New Yorkmarker)
 United States 12 6  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Helen Sigel Wilson

 Carol Comboy
1976 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Clubmarker

(Lytham St Annesmarker, Lancashiremarker, Englandmarker)
 United States 11½  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Barbara McIntire

 Belle Robertson
1974 San Francisco Golf Club

(San Francisco, Californiamarker)
 United States 13 5  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Sis Choate

 Belle Robertson
1972 Western Gailes Golf Club

(Ayrshire, Scotlandmarker)
 United States 10 8  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Jean Ashley Crawford

 Frances Stephens
1970 Brae Burn Country Clubmarker

(West Newton, Massachusettsmarker)
 United States 11½  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Carolyn Cudone

 Jeanne Bisgood
1968 Royal County Down Golf Clubmarker

(Newcastle, Northern Irelandmarker)
 United States 10½  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Evelynn Monsted

 Zara Bolton
1966 The Homestead

(Hot Springs, Virginiamarker)
 United States 13 5  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Dorothy Germain Porter

 Zara Bolton
1964 Royal Porthcawl Golf Clubmarker

(Porthcawlmarker, South Walesmarker)
 United States 10½  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Helen Hawes

 Elsie Corlett
1962 Broadmoor Golf Club

(Colorado Springs, Coloradomarker)
 United States 8 1  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Polly Riley

 Frances Stephens
1960 Lindrick Golf Club

(Worksopmarker, Nottinghamshiremarker, Englandmarker)
 United States  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Mildred Prunaret

 Maureen Garrett
1958 Brae Burn Country Clubmarker

(West Newton, Massachusettsmarker)
 Great Britain &

 Ireland
 United States  Virginia Dennehy

 Daisy Ferguson
1956 Prince's Golf Club

(Sandwichmarker, Kentmarker, Englandmarker)
 Great Britain &

 Ireland
5 4  United States  Edith Flippin

 Zara Bolton
1954 Merion Golf Clubmarker

(Ardmore, Pennsylvaniamarker)
 United States 6 3  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Edith Flippin

 Baba Beck
1952 Muirfieldmarker

(Scotlandmarker)
 Great Britain &

 Ireland
5 4  United States  Aniela Goldthwaite

 Katherine Cairns
1950 Country Club of Buffalo

(Williamsville, New Yorkmarker)
 United States  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Glenna Collett Vare

 Diana Fishwick Critchley
1948 Royal Birkdale Golf Clubmarker

(Southport, Englandmarker)
 United States  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Glenna Collett Vare

 Doris Chambers
1940-1946: Not played due to World War II
1938 Essex Country Club

(Manchester, Massachusettsmarker)
 United States  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Frances Stebbins

 R. H. Wallace-Williamson
1936 King's Coursemarker

(Gleneagles, Scotlandmarker)
 United States  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Glenna Collett Vare

 Doris Chambers
1934 Chevy Chase Club

(Chevy Chase, Marylandmarker)
 United States  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Glenna Collett Vare

 Doris Chambers
1932 Wentworth Clubmarker

(Wentworthmarker, Englandmarker)
 United States  Great Britain &

 Ireland
 Marion Hollins

 Joyce Wethered


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