Curtis Cup Match To Change To Three-Day Format
Far Hills, N.J. - The United States Golf Association, in conjunction with the Ladies’ Golf Union, has announced that the Curtis Cup Match will change to a three-day format, beginning with the 2008 Match.
The change in format was approved at a joint meeting of the USGA Women’s Committee and the Ladies’ Golf Union on the Thursday prior to the 2006 Match, which is currently being played at the Pacific Dunes Course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
“We felt that there was so much preparation leading up to the Curtis Cup, but then only two days of play,” said Marcia Luigs, chairman of the USGA Women’s Committee. “We went to the USGA Executive Committee earlier this year for approval, which we received.”
Since 1964, the Match has been played over two days, with three foursomes (alternate-shot) matches and six singles matches each day. Starting at the 2008 Match, which will be played over the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland, there will be three foursomes and three four-ball (better-ball) matches on the first two days. On the final day, there will be eight singles matches, meaning all eight players from each side will play in singles.
“Another day of competition will only add to the excitement of the Match,” said Luigs. “And it will be wonderful to have all team members playing in the singles matches.”
The Curtis Cup Match, which was first played in 1932, features eight players from the Great Britain and Ireland team and eight players who represent the United States of America. Prior to 1964, the Match featured three foursomes and six singles matches.
Questions regarding the Curtis Cup Match should be directed to USGA Rules and Competitions at (908) 234-2300.
Curtis Cup Match
PAR AND YARDAGE The Pacific Dunes Course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is set up at 6,217/6,221 yards and par is 36-3571.
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.
TELEVISION COVERAGE The Golf Channel will air two hours of Curtis Cup coverage, from 4 to 6 p.m. PDT each day.
ADMISSION Admission is free of charge and spectators are encouraged to attend.