St. Andrews, Scotland – Tegwen Matthews of Wales has been appointed as the Captain of Great Britain & Ireland’s 2012 Curtis Cup team by the Ladies’ Golf Union.
Having played in four successive Curtis Cups between 1974 and 1980, Matthews won four matches, lost eight and halved two. More recently, she served as Team Manager to outgoing Captain Mary McKenna. Her team will aim to win back the Curtis Cup from the USA at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland June 8-10.
Matthews, the first Curtis Cup captain to hail from Wales, said “I’m thrilled and proud to have been invited to be the next Great Britain & Ireland international team captain, and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead. It’s a great honor for me, my family and Welsh golf, and particularly special since the  Walker Cup Captain, Nigel Edwards, is also Welsh.”
Matthews will also captain the Great Britain & Ireland team which takes on the Continent of Europe in the Vagliano Trophy match. As an internationalist, Tegwen was a member of four winning Vagliano Trophy teams in the 1970s, with her last appearance being over her home course of Royal Porthcawl in 1979. It is fitting that the 2011 match will also be played at Porthcawl June 24-25, where the Captain’s local knowledge will be invaluable.
Her first outing as Captain will be in the 2011 Astor Trophy (former Commonwealth) Tournament which will be played at Fairhaven Golf Club in England June 15-19. The Great Britain & Ireland team aims to retain the trophy won in 2007 against teams from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
The USA retained the Curtis Cup last month with a 12½-7½ victory over Great Britain & Ireland at the Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., the home club of the Curtis sisters who presented the trophy. The USA has won seven consecutive matches, the second-longest streak in the biennial competition’s history.
Matthews added: “Playing in GB&I teams, and most especially the Curtis Cup, was the pinnacle of my golfing career and to be invited to be Captain of the GB&I teams, is without a doubt, the greatest honor I could ever wish to achieve. I will be doing everything in my power to maintain and enhance the exemplary standards that Mary (McKenna) has set.
“The goal is to win back the Curtis Cup at Nairn, and I will lead the team with pride and commitment. I firmly believe that a number of the younger members of this year’s team will form a core part of all three international teams in the next two years, and set the standard for other top amateurs to aspire to as they aim to make the teams.
“The Curtis Cup is a great sporting spectacle that meets the Curtis sisters’ objective of stimulating friendly rivalry amongst players and strengthening the ties of goodwill between the nations. The experiences and memories of playing Curtis Cup will live with the players for the rest of their days, and I’m delighted to be continuing my involvement with the match.”
About the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU)
Founded in 1893, the LGU is the encompassing body for ladies’ amateur golf in Great Britain & Ireland. The LGU Executive Council includes representatives of ladies’ golf’s national governing bodies in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Operational activities are undertaken by a wholly owned subsidiary, LGU Championships Limited (LGUCL), which in particular owns and runs the Ricoh Women’s British Open, founded by the LGU in 1976 and one of the four major championships for professional women golfers. LGUCL also has responsibility for running British amateur championships and Home International events, and preparing the Great Britain & Ireland teams for representative matches, such as the Curtis Cup and the Vagliano Trophy. Further information about the LGU is available on www.lgu.org.