Curtis Cup Match Fact Sheet
May 30 - June1
PAR AND YARDAGE – The Old Course at St. Andrews will be set up at 6,638 yards and par is 36-36—72.
GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT – The Old Course was not designed by an architect but has evolved over six centuries. Golf was first played over the Old Course in the early 1400s.
THE OLD COURSE AT ST. ANDREWS HOLE-BY-HOLE: Total: 6,638 yards, par 72
SCHEDULE OF PLAY – On May 30 and May 31 there will be three foursomes and three four-ball matches. On June 1 there will be eight singles matches (18 holes each).
Starting Times –
The 2008 Match will be the first year for the three-day format. The four-ball matches will be new to the Curtis Cup.
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.
FOURSOME – A match where two players compete against two other players in alternate-shot format, with each side playing just one ball.
FOUR-BALL – A match in which two players (side) play their better ball against the better ball of the two other players (side).
SINGLES – A match in which one player plays against another.
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 the Old Course at St. Andrews at 6 p.m. on May 29. The closing ceremony will be held immediately following play Sunday. Both events are open to the public.
ADMISSION – For more information about tickets, visit http://www.lgu.org/championships/champs_curtiscup_2008/champ_08_curtiscup_tickets/.
MEDIA CONFERENCES – Press conferences will be scheduled for May 29. USA captain Carol Semple Thompson and a few members of her team will meet with the media followed by GB&I Captain Mary McKenna and several members of her squad. Times have yet to be determined.
WWW.USGA.ORG – Log on to the USGA Internet site for the latest Curtis Cup Match information during the championship.
THE 2006 CURTIS CUP MATCH – The United States of America team, bolstered by four singles victories Sunday, earned an 11˝ - 6˝ victory over the squad from the Great Britain and Ireland to win the 2006 Curtis Cup Match, played on the Pacific Dunes Course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.
The USA swept the foursomes Saturday morning and then won four of the afternoon singles matches to hold a 7-2 lead after the first day, but secured just a half point in the morning foursomes Sunday. Despite seeing its sizable lead shrink, the USA players didn’t seem too worried.
"Everyone seemed to be pretty positive about it," said Paige Mackenzie of Yakima, Wash.
Not exactly the reaction one would expect with the GB&I squad putting a dent in the American lead. But USA Captain Carol Semple Thompson spoke all week about how low maintenance, yet focused, her players were. As it turned out, she was right, as the USA retained the Curtis Cup for the fifth consecutive time, improving its overall record to 25-6-3.
Jennie Lee of Henderson, Nev., clinched the win against Melissa Reid, 18, of England, on the 16th hole. Lee was one of the four USA players to play both days in singles; all four went 2-0.
TEAM SELECTION – The USA team is selected by the United States Golf Association. The Ladies Golf Union of St. Andrews selects the team from Great Britain and Ireland.
MEET THE 2008 USA TEAM – The USA team, captained by Carol Semple Thompson of Sewickley, Pa., consists of the following players:
Meghan Bolger is a two-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, in 2006 and 2007. Mina Harigae (2007) and Tiffany Joh (2006) are both U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champions. Kimberly Kim won the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur, becoming the youngest (age 14) winner in the championship’s history. Amanda Blumenherst and Jennie Lee both played on the victorious 2006 USA Curtis Cup team.
USA CAPTAIN CAROL SEMPLE THOMPSON – Seven-time USGA champion Carol Semple Thompson, 59, of Sewickley, Pa., 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 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 Mary McKenna, consists of the following players:
This is the second Curtis Cup appearance for Breanne Loucks. She also played in the 2006 Match and has a 3-0 overall record (1-0 foursomes; 2-0 singles). She was the only member of the GB&I team to go undefeated at the 2006 Match.
Carly Booth, 15, will be the youngest player to represent the GB&I in the history of the Match.
GB&I CAPTAIN MARY McKENNA – Mary McKenna will serve as captain of the Great Britain & Ireland team.
One of Ireland’s leading female amateurs, McKenna won eight Irish Championships between 1969 and 1989 and was the runner-up four times. She participated in nine consecutive Curtis Cup matches and ten Vagliano Trophies. She has been capped for her native Ireland on numerous occasions and played in the Home Internationals between 1968 and 1991.
In 2000, she was captain of the GB&I team that competed in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championships at the Sporting Club Berlin. Twenty-six years earlier, McKenna, in one of her four playing appearances in the Espirito Santo Trophy, helped GB&I to second place in the Dominican Republic. In 2007, she played for Ireland in the Senior Internationals matches.
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, 5˝ to 3˝.
THE CURTIS CUP IN SCOTLAND – This will be the fifth Curtis Cup Match played in Scotland. The Match was played at Gleneagles in 1936; Muirfield in 1972 and 1984; and Western Gailes in 1972. It will be the first time the women amateurs of Great Britain and Ireland and the USA will contest the Curtis Cup at St. Andrews.
FUTURE SITES – Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., will host the 2010 Match from June 11-13. The 2012 Curtis Cup will be held from June 8-10 at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland.
MEDIA CONTACT – Beth Murrison will be the USGA media contact at the 2008 Curtis Cup. Prior to the Match, she can be reached at (908) 234-2300, ext. 1485, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.