I’ve always thought the flag-raising ceremony to be the most stirring of all Curtis Cup celebrations, with the past players and then the current teams walking in, single file, to be greeted by the applause of an appreciative audience. It rained tonight. Drizzled when the music of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra Musicians began, and turned in to a steady downpour as Glover’s Marblehead Regiment fired their salute and the fife and drum corps marked the Revolution.
It failed to dampen spirits. One special touch was Joan Kulukundis and Sheila Hill, dressed as Harriot and Margaret Curtis, leading the parade of players. So perfect for this special place, the home club of the sisters who started this match. “Harriot” and “Margaret” carried in the Curtis Cup. How great that was.
Stirring speeches and the raising of the flag, perfect. I stood behind the rows of chairs holding past players. How devoted they are to this meeting, many coming from Great Britain and Ireland to support their colors. Maureen Garrett, a member of the 1948 GB&I team, a former captain, former president of the LGU, was driven to the scene in a motorized golf cart where she sat watching intently as the Stars ‘n Stripes, the Union Jack and the Flag of Ireland rose skyward in the rain as the national anthems were played.