The Curtis Cup, originally
named The Women's International Cup was first played in 1932 “To stimulate friendly rivalry among the
women golfers of many lands”. Played biennially it is one of the best-known team trophies for women amateur golfers. It is co-organised by the United States Golf Association and The R&A and is contested by teams representing the United States of America and "Great Britain and Ireland".
Many women who have gone on to become stars of women's professional golf have played in the Curtis Cup. Those competitors include U.S. Women's Open champions JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Paula Creamer, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Hilary Lunke, Hollis Stacy and Michelle Wie as well as LPGA Tour stars Beth Daniel, Jessica Korda, Stacy Lewis, Nancy Lopez and Lexi Thompson. Top Great Britain and Ireland players include World Golf Hall of Fame
inductee Laura Davies, Angela Bonnallack, Mary McKenna, Catriona Matthew, Belle Robertson, Karen Stupples, Georgia Hall, Bronte Law, Charley Hull and three-time McCormack Medal winner Leona Maguire.
Last month the USA thrashed Great Britain and Ireland by a record 17-3 scoreline to reclaim the Curtis Cup in New York.
The USA entered the final day of the singles matches at Quaker Ridge with a 9-3 lead, and soon sealed a 29th win in the 39th edition of the women's amateur event when winning all eight singles matches. The previous largest margin of victory was in 1982, when the US won by 14½-3½.
America's Kristen Gillman became only the third player to finish with a maximum five points, following Bronte Law
(2016) and Stacy Lewis (2008).
Gillman's 5&4 win over Surrey's Annabell Fuller and Lucy Li's victory over Yorkshire's India Clyburn, by the same margin, were the standout performances by the strong US team on the final day.
The United States were again clear favourites, with all eight players ranked inside the world's top 25, including number one Lilia Vu. The 20-year-old recorded a 2up win over Lancashire's Sophie Lamb in the singles.
Lamb teamed up with Ireland's Olivia Mehaffey to win both their foursomes matches and halve their fourball match, while GB&I's other half-point came from Paula Grant and Shannon McWillliam in the opening morning's four ball matches.