About the Curtis Cup:
The Curtis Cup was first played in 1932, and is named after sisters Harriot and Margaret Curtis, who combined for four victories in the U.S. Women's Amateur. The Curtis sisters donated the trophy for the competition.
The U.S. leads the series, 27-7-3.
2014 Curtis Cup
When: June 6-8, 2014
Where: St. Louis Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri
Captains: USA - Ellen Port; GB&I - Tegwen Matthews
USA: Kyung Kim, Alison Lee, Erynne Lee, Ally McDonald, Annie Park, Ashlan Ramsey, Mariah Stackhouse, Emma Talley
Final Score: GB&I 10.5, USA 9.5,
When: June 8-10, 2012
Where: Nairn Golf Club, Nairn, Scotland
Captains: GB&I - Tegwen Matthews; USA: Patricia Cornett
See our 2012 Curtis Cup page for match results and pairings
2012 Team Members
GB&I: Amy Boulden, Holly Clyburn, Charley Hull, Bronte Law, Leona Maguire, Pamela Pretswell, Kelly Tidy, Stephanie Meadow
USA: Amy Anderson, Lindy Duncan, Austin Ernst, Tiffany Lua, Brooke Pancake, Lisa McCloskey, Erica Popson, Emily Tubert
Curtis Cup Format:
Curtis Cup Records:
U.S. leads Great Britain & Ireland, 27-7-3
Most Curtis Cups Played
• GB&I - 9, Mary McKenna (1970-72-74-76-78-80-82-84-86)
• U.S. - 12, Carol Semple Thompson (1974-76-80-82-88-90-92-94-96-98-2000-02)
Largest Winning Margin, 18-Hole Match
• Singles - 9 and 8, Margaret Smith, U.S., def. Philomena Garvey, GB&I, 1956
• Foursomes - 8 and 6, Carol Sorenson/Barbara Fay White Boddie, U.S., def. Bridget Jackson/Susan Armitage, GB&I, 1964
(Minimum 4 matches)
Debbie Massey, U.S., 5-0-0
Barbara Fay White Boddie, 4-0-0
Claire Doran, U.S., 4-0-0
Juli Inkster, U.S., 4-0-0
Trish Johnson, GB&I, 4-0-0
Dorothy Kielty, U.S., 4-0-0
Stacy Lewis, U.S., 5-0-0
Alison Walshe, U.S., 4-0-0
Most Overall Match Wins in Curtis Cup
18 - Carol Semple Thompson, U.S.
11 - Anna Quast Sander, U.S.
10 - Mary McKenna, GB&I
10 - Phyllis Preuss, U.S.
Why Is It Called the Curtis Cup?
Who put the "Curtis" in Curtis Cup? Who is the namesake after whom the competition is named? Read this FAQ to find out.
2014: St. Louis Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri
2016: Dun Laoghaire Club, Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland
Curtis Cup Trivia and Match Notes:
- Several false starts at a Curtis Cup-style competition were made, dating to 1905, before Glenna Collett Vare started championing the idea in 1930. The USGA and LGU agreed in 1931 to regular matches, and the first was played in 1932.
- The Curtis Cup Match was originally envisioned to include nations from around the world, but financial issues limited the competition to the American and GB&I teams in the early going, and it has remained just those two teams ever since.
- The U.S. won that first match in 1932, 5.5 to 3.5. But the highlight was a victory for the GB&I side. Joyce Wethered and American Glenna Collett Vare - the greatest female golfers of their time - met only three times in competitive match play. The first Curtis Cup was one of them, and Wethered won easily, 6-and-4.
- The GB&I team's first win in the series was in 1952, the seventh Curtis Cup Match played.
- One mother-and-daughter pair has competed in Curtis Cup play: Jane Bastanchury Booth and her daughter Kellee Booth. Jane played in 1970, 1972 and 1974, and Kellee in 1996 and 1998. And both are among the 10 players who have posted 4-0-0 records in a single Curtis Cup.
- Others who have posted 4-0-0 marks in a single Curtis Cup include Trish Johnson for GB&I in 1986; Juli Inkster for the U.S. in 1982; Patty Sheehan for the U.S. in 1980; and Beth Daniel for the U.S. in 1976.
- The largest winning margin for the U.S. is 11 points (14.5 to 3.5) in 1982, an American team that boasted Juli Inkster, Kathy Baker and Amy Benz. The largest winning margin for GB&I is 8 points (13 to 5) in 1986, a team led by Trish Johnson's 4-0-0 performance.
- The 2008 match was the first one to feature five sessions of play, and Stacy Lewis was the first player to earn five points in one Cup, going 5-0-0 for the U.S.
- The official name of the trophy awarded to the winning team is "The Women's International Cup."