Curtis Cup Match Fact Sheet
July 29 - 30
PAR AND YARDAGE – The Pacific Dunes Course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is set up at 6,217/6,221 yards and par is 36-35—71.
GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT – Tom Doak designed Bandon Dunes’ Pacific Dunes Course, which opened in 2001.
BANDON DUNES GOLF RESORT (PACIFIC DUNES COURSE) HOLE-BY-HOLE: Total: 6,217/6,221 yards, par 71
SCHEDULE OF PLAY – On Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30, there will be three foursomes matches (18 holes each) each morning and six singles matches (18 holes each) each afternoon.
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 United States and Great Britain/Ireland.
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.
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.
OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES – The flag raising ceremony will be held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort at 6 p.m. Friday (PDT). The closing ceremony will be held immediately following play Sunday. Both events are open to the public.
ADMISSION – Admission is free of charge and spectators are encouraged to attend.
MEDIA CONFERENCES – Press conferences have been scheduled for Friday, July 28. GB&I Captain Ada O’Sullivan and several members of her squad will meet with the media at 12 noon in the interview room, and USA Captain Carol Semple Thompson and a few members of her team will meet with the media at 12:30 p.m. in the interview room. The interview room is located in the Bandon Dunes administration building, located next to McKee’s Pub.
TELEVISION COVERAGE – The Golf Channel will air two hours of Curtis Cup coverage, from 4 to 6 p.m. PDT each day.
WWW.USGA.ORG – Log on to the USGA Internet site for the latest Curtis Cup Match information during the Championship.
THE 2004 CURTIS CUP MATCH – Liz Janangelo's 1-up singles victory over Shelley McKevitt of England retained the Curtis Cup for the United States of America at Formby Golf Club in Merseyside, England. The point by Janangelo of West Hartford, Conn., gave the USA its ninth point of the 33rd Match against Great Britain and Ireland, thus retaining the Cup for a fourth consecutive Match.
Annie Thurman of Highland, Utah, ensured the USA of an outright victory when she edged Danielle Masters of England in the last singles match, 1 up, making the final margin 10-8 in favor of the USA. Thurman won three consecutive holes, starting with a par-4 on the 353-yard 14th, to take control against Masters. She assured the USA of an outright victory when she took a two-hole lead after Masters bogeyed the par-3, 120-yard 16th.
For the USA, which was represented by Janangelo, Thurman, Erica Blasberg, Paula Creamer, Sarah Huarte, Brittany Lang, Jane Park and Michelle Wie, the key was the singles matches. The Americans were 1-5 in foursomes, but recorded an overall 9-3 singles mark.
The USA leads the series, 24-6-3.
TEAM SELECTION – The USA team is selected by the United States Golf Association, while The Ladies Golf Union of St. Andrews selects the team from Great Britain and Ireland.
MEET THE 2006 USA TEAM – The USA team, captained by Carol Semple Thompson of Sewickley, Pa., consists of the following players:
Virginia Grimes won the 1998 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and Jane Park was the 2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion. Both are also of Curtis Cup veterans. Grimes played on the 1998 and 2000 USA teams, and Park represented the USA on the 2004 squad.
USA CAPTAIN CAROL SEMPLE THOMPSON – Seven-time USGA champion Carol Semple Thompson, 57, of Sewickley, Pa., has competed on a record 12 USA Curtis Cup teams, including the 2002 squad in her home area of Pittsburgh, Pa., when she holed a 27-foot putt from just off the 18th green at Fox Chapel Golf Club to retain the Curtis Cup for the American side. Thompson owns an overall Curtis Cup match-play record of 18-15-4, including 9-8-1 in singles competition.
Thompson's first USGA title came at the 1973 U.S. Women's Amateur when she defeated Anne Quast Sander in the final, 1 up, at Montclair (N.J.) Golf Club. She has since gone on to win two U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur titles (1990 and 1997) and four consecutive USGA Senior Women's Amateur crowns (1999-2002). In August of 2005, Thompson became the first person to ever compete in 100 individual USGA competitions when she played at the U.S. Women's Amateur at Ansley Golf Club's Settindown Creek Course in Roswell, Ga.
In addition to her Curtis Cup experience, Thompson also played in five Women's World Amateur Team Championships for the USA. Thompson's father, Harton S. Semple, was president of the USGA from 1974-75, and her mother, Phyllis, has been active on various USGA committees.
MEET THE GREAT BRITAIN/IRELAND TEAM – The GB&I team, captained by Ada O’Sullivan, consists of the following players:
This is the second Curtis Cup appearance for Claire Coughlan. She also played in the 2004 Match and has a 3-0 overall record (2-0 foursomes; 1-0 singles). She was the only member of the GB&I team to go undefeated at the 2004 Match.
GB&I CAPTAIN ADA O’SULLIVAN – Ada O’Sullivan is serving as captain of the Great Britain & Ireland team for the second consecutive Match. She also served as captain of the GB&I team at the 2002 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Malaysia.
O’Sullivan had a long career in Irish amateur golf and gained experience of a captain’s duties with Irish teams at both junior and national levels. She won the 1994 European Masters and the Irish Under-23 Stroke Play Championship three times.
She serves as director of Phil O’Sullivan Electrical Ltd., a family business. In addition, she has been honored with several awards for fundraising for organizations such as Hospice of Cork and Irish Guide Dogs.
SIBLING ACTS – Paige Mackenzie’s brother Brock was a member of the USA’s 2003 Walker Cup team. They are one of several sibling duos to appear on Curtis and Walker Cup teams. On the USA side, Terri (1980 Curtis) and Griff (1979 Walker) Moody were the first, followed by Kelli (1996 Curtis) and Trip (1995, 2003 Walker) Kuehne. There have been three on the GB&I side: Joyce (1932 Curtis) and Roger (1922, 1923, 1926, 1934 Walker) Wethered; Sally (1962) and Sir Michael Bonallack, who played in 1959, 19611963, 1965, 1967 and 1973 and was a playing captain in 1969 and 1971; and Jody (1995 Walker) and Suzanne (Fanagan) O’Brien (2000 Curtis).
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.
THE USGA IN OREGON – This will be the first Curtis Cup Match played in Oregon. It will be the 27th USGA championship in the state. In August of 2006, Oregon will add a 28th USGA event when the U.S. Women’s Amateur is contested at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains.
CHAMPIONSHIPS AT BANDON DUNES – This will be the first USGA championship conducted at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. In 2007, the U.S. Mid-Amateur will be played at Bandon Dunes.
FUTURE SITES – The 2008 Curtis Cup Match will be played over the Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland on May 31-June 1. Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., will host the 2010 Match from June 11-13.
MEDIA CENTER STAFF – The phone number at the Curtis Cup media center is (541) 347-5939 and the fax number is (541) 347-5969. Staff members on site are Beth Murrison, Craig Smith and Suzanne Colson.