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Semple Thompson Leads USA to Curtis Cup Victory

Pittsburgh, Pa. - Carol Semple Thompson, playing in her record 12th Curtis Cup Match, sank a 27-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to secure the USA's 11-7 victory over the team from the Great Britain & Ireland at the 32nd Match at Fox Chapel Golf Club.

CHAMPIONSHIP FACT SHEET

PAR AND YARDAGE – Fox Chapel Golf Club is set up at 6,358 yards and par is 36-35—71.

GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT – Seth Raynor designed Fox Chapel Golf Club, which opened in 1922.

WHAT IS THE CURTIS CUP MATCH? – The Curtis Cup Match is contested by women amateur golfers, one team from the United States of America (USA) and one team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (GB&I).  The teams consist of not more than eight players and a captain.  The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the U.S. and Great Britain/Ireland.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY – On Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, there will be three foursomes matches (18 holes each) each morning and six singles matches (18 holes each) each afternoon.

Starting Times – Saturday:  7:30 a.m. for foursomes, 12:30 p.m. for singles

Sunday:  7:30 a.m. for foursomes, 12:30 p.m. for singles

MEDIA CONFERENCES – Press conferences have been scheduled for Friday, August 2nd. GB&I Captain Pam Benka and several members of her squad will meet with the media at 2:30 p.m. in the media center’s interview room, and USA Captain Mary Budke and a few members of her team will meet with the media at 3:00 p.m. in the interview room.

THE FOURSOME – Foursomes is a match where two players compete against two other players in alternate shot format, with each side playing just one ball.

WWW.USGA.ORG – Log on to the USGA Internet site for the latest Curtis Cup Match information during the Championship.

TOLL-FREE USGA INTERVIEW HOTLINE – Call (888) 321-USGA to hear daily interviews with Curtis Cuppers from both sides during the Match.  Interviews will be available beginning Friday.  They will be updated daily.  To reach the hotline from an international location dial (936) 588-3463.

SCORING – A victory in each match scores one point.  In the event a match goes 18 holes without a decision, one-half point is awarded to each side.

2000 CHAMPIONS – The USA squad won 10-8 at Ganton Golf Club in England.  The victorious USA team included: Beth Bauer, Leland Beckel, Virginia Derby Grimes, Hilary Homeyer, Stephanie Keever, Angela Stanford, Carol Semple Thompson and Robin Weiss.  Jane Bastanchury Booth served as team captain.

2000 IN REVIEW – What looked like a laugher turned into anything but as the USA managed to hold on and win the 2000 Curtis Cup at Ganton (England) Golf Club.

The USA, which hadn’t won on foreign soil since 1984, took control on the first day when it rolled up a 7-2 lead.  The GB&I team staged a furious rally on Sunday, winning six of the nine matches, but fell 10-8.

The United States of America’s squad was led by Beth Bauer and Hilary Homeyes, both of whom won three times.  By teaming with Bauer to win a first-day foursomes match, Carol Semple Thompson added to two records she already owned – playing in her 11th Curtis Cup and winning her 16th match.

The series record now stands at 22-6-3 in favor of the USA.

TEAM SELECTION – The USA team is selected by the United States Golf Association, while The Ladies Golf Union of St. Adrews, selects the team from Great Britain and Ireland.

MEET THE 2002 USA TEAM – The USA team, captained by Mary Budke, 48, of Portland, Ore., consists of the following players:

Player  Age Hometown

Emily Bastel  21 Upper Sandusky, Ohio

Meredith Duncan 22  Shreveport, La.

Mollie Fankhauser 21 Dublin, Ohio

Leigh Anne Hardin 20 Martinsville, Ind.

Angela Jerman 21 Columbus, Ga.

Laura Myerscough  22  Charleston, Ill.

Courtney Swaim 22  Suwanee, Ga.

Carol Semple Thompson 53 Sewickley, Pa.

SEMPLE THOMPSON’S DOZEN – This is the record 12th selection to the USA squad for Carol Semple Thompson.  She also played in 1974, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000.  She holds an overall Curtis Cup record of 16-15-4 (8-7-3 singles; 8-8-1 foursomes).

FORMER TEAMMATES – Mary Budke and Carol Semple Thompson were teammates on the 1974 USA Curtis Cup team.

USGA CHAMPIONS IN THE FIELD – Carol Semple Thompson is a six-time U.S. national champion.  She captured the 1973 U.S. Women’s Amateur, the 1990 and 1997 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs, and the 1999, 2000 and 2001 USGA Senior Women’s Amateurs.

Meredith Duncan is the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion.  She won the championship in 37 holes over Nicole Perrot of Chile in August of 2001.

Leigh Anne Hardin won the 1998 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

MEET THE GREAT BRITAIN/IRELAND TEAM – The GB&I team, captained by Pam Benka, consists of the following players:

Player  Age Hometown

Alison Coffey 29 Belfast, Northern Ireland

Emma Duggleby  31 Malton, Yorkshire, England

Rebecca Hudson  23 Doncaster, Yorkshire, England

Sarah Jones 19 Swansea, Wales

Vikki Laing  21 Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

Fame More  21 Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England

Kerry Smith  30 Waterlooville, Hampshire, England

Heather Stirling 25 Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland

 This is the third Curtis Cup appearance for Rebecca Hudson.  She also played in the 1998 and 2000 Matches and has a 3-3-1 overall record.  Emma Duggleby also played in the 2000 Match and has a 2-1-1 record.

HISTORY OF THE CURTIS CUP – Officially named “The Women’s International Cup,” the cup for the Curtis Cup Match was officially presented in 1932 by Harriot and Margaret Curtis, sisters who won the U.S. Women’s Amateur four times between them.  The cup, a silver bowl of Paul Revere design, is inscribed, “To stimulate friendly rivalry among the women golfers of many lands.” The cup was first presented in 1927 to give momentum to the competition, but play didn’t begin until 1932, largely because of financial reasons.

The first Curtis Cup Match was played in 1932 at Wentworth Golf Club, in England. Marion Hollins captained the American team, while the team representing Great Britain and Ireland was led by playing captain Joyce Wethered.  The Americans prevailed, 5½ to 3½.

CURTIS CUP HISTORY IN PENNSYLVANIA – The Curtis Cup has been conducted in Pennsylvania once before – in 1954, at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore.  The USA squad won that edition of the Match, 6-3.

CHAMPIONSHIPS AT FOX CHAPEL – Fox Chapel Golf Club has hosted two USGA national championships – the 1965 USGA Senior Amateur, won by Robert B. Kiersky, and the 1985 U.S. Women’s Amateur, won by Michiko Hattori.

FOX CHAPEL GOLF CLUB HOLE-BY-HOLE: Total: 6,358 yards, par 71

Holes 1 - 9 

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out

Yards 403 478 161 434 335 178 287 469 407 3,152

Par 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 36

Holes 10 - 18

Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

Yards 403 138 339 417 362 371 416 221 539 3,206

Par 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 5 35

USA COACH MARY BUDKE – Dr. Mary Budke of Eugene, Ore., captured the 1972 U.S. Women’s Amateur championship twice played for two victorious USA squads – the 1974 Curtis Cup and the 1972 World Amateur Team championship. 

Budke, 48, a medical doctor at Eugene Hospital, won the 1972 Women's Amateur, 5 and 4, over Cynthia Hill at St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club at age 18. On the path to her title, she defeated former Curtis Cup players Lancy Smith, Phyllis Preuss and Barbara White Boddie.

Budke compiled a 2-1 overall record at the 1974 Match, which was won by the USA, 13-5, at San Francisco (Calif.) Golf Club.

She qualified for the 1974 Women's Open and tied for 42nd as an amateur. Budke was also a semifinalist at the 1970 U.S. Girls' Junior and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1973 Women's Amateur.

A career amateur and an All-American golfer at Oregon State, Budke placed third at the AIAW team finals in 1974. Inducted into the Oregon State (1992), Oregon Sports and National Golf Coaches Association (1996) Halls of Fame, Budke is an eight-time Oregon Women's Amateur champion and also won the 1970 and 1971 Pacific Northwest Girls' Junior Amateurs. She is on the board of directors of the Oregon Golf Association.

FUTURE SITE – The 2004 Curtis Cup Match will return to Great Britain & Ireland and be played at Formby Golf Club in Merseyside, England on June 12-13.

MEDIA CENTER STAFF – For more information, please call the Media Center on site. The phone number is (412) 967-9560 and the fax number is (412) 967-9501. Staff members on site are Beth Murrison, Pete Kowalski, Rhonda Glenn and Suzanne Colson.




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