PAR AND YARDAGE – Essex County Club will be set up at 6,247 yards and play to a par of 36-34—70.
ESSEX COUNTY CLUB HOLE-BY-HOLE –
GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT – Essex County Club opened in 1893 as a nine-hole golf course. Donald Ross became the club's professional in 1910 and during his years at Essex he redesigned almost all of the holes.
Essex was the sixth member club to join the United States Golf Association.
COURSE LAYOUT – The primary rough will be cut to 2.5-3 inches. The greens will be set to run at 11.5 to 12 feet on the Stimpmeter for the duration of the competition.
COURSE RATING AND SLOPE – Based on the course setup for the competition, the USGA Course Rating is 76.8. Its Slope Rating is 133.
THE CURTIS CUP – 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, Northern 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.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY – On Friday, June 11, and Saturday, June 12, there will be three foursomes (alternate shot) and three four-ball (best-ball) matches. On Sunday, June 13, there will be eight singles matches (18 holes each).
Starting Times –
Friday: 9 a.m. for foursomes; 2 p.m. for four-balls
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. for four-balls; 2:15 p.m. for foursomes
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. for singles
MATCH PLAY DEFINITIONS
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.
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.
THE 2008 CURTIS CUP MATCH – Stacy Lewis and Alison Walshe went undefeated to lead the squad from the USA to a 13-7 victory over Great Britain and Ireland at the 2008 Curtis Cup Match, which was played on the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland.
It was the sixth consecutive win for the Americans in the Match, which features an eight-woman amateur team from the USA against one representing England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Wales. The last GB&I win came in 1996.
Lewis, a 23-year-old from The Woodlands, Texas, went 5-0 for the USA, with two foursomes (alternate shot) and two four-ball (best ball) victories prior to Sunday's 3-and-2 singles win over Scotland's Liz Bennett that clinched the winningn point.
It was the first time any player went 5-0 in any single Match. It was also the first time the Curtis Cup was contested over three days, featuring foursomes and four-ball matches the first two days and all eight players competing from each side in Sunday singles.
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.
MEET THE 2008 USA TEAM – The USA team, captained by Carol Semple Thompson of Sewickley, Pa., consists of the following players:
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For more information about the USA Team, visit http://www.usga.org/news/2010/April/2010-Curtis-Cup-Team-Named/.
USA CAPTAIN NOREEN MOHLER – Noreen Mohler, 56, of Bethlehem, Pa., was named the captain of the USA Team for the 2010 Curtis Cup in February 2009. Mohler was a member of the USA's victorious 1978 Curtis Cup team that defeated Great Britain and Ireland by a 12-6 margin at The Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y.
Mohler was a semifinalist in the 1975 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship and has played in five U.S. Women's Opens. After stepping away from her playing career for a number of years to concentrate on her family and business affairs, she returned to the game in 2006 and reached the quarterfinals of the 2007 USGA Senior Women's Amateur and the semifinals of the 2008 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur. In 2009 she played in three USGA championships, including the U.S. Women's Amateur, where she was the oldest player in the field.
Born in Woburn, Mass., Mohler is a three-time Women's Golf Association of Massachusetts Amateur champion (1973, 1980 and '81). She claimed the Pennsylvania Senior Women's Amateur in 2008. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1975 and owns the Marblehead Grille and Chowder House in Easton, Pa., with her husband Jeffrey.
For more about Mohler, visit http://www.uswamateur.org/news/mohler.html.
MEET THE GREAT BRITAIN/IRELAND TEAM – The GB&I team, captained by Mary McKenna, consists of the following players:
For more about the GB&I Team, visit: http://www.lgu.org/championships/champs_010_curtiscup/news/champs_curtiscup_2010_teamanno/
GB&I CAPTAIN MARY McKENNA – Mary McKenna is serving as captain of the Great Britain & Ireland team for a second consecutive Curtis Cup. McKenna, one of Ireland's leading female amateurs, played in nine consecutive Curtis Cup Matches between 1970 and 1986 and, in terms of winning individual and foursomes ties, is the most successful GB&I player in Curtis Cup history. She won eight Irish Championships between 1969 and 1989 and was the runner-up four times. She also played in 10 Vagliano Trophies and has represented her native Ireland on numerous occasions. She 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. In 2009, she captained the victorious Vagliano Trophy Team.
THE USGA AT ESSEX COUNTY CLUB – The 2010 Curtis Cup will be the fifth USGA competition conducted at Essex County Club. The U.S. Women's Amateur was contested at the club in 1897 (won by Beatrix Hoyt) and 1912 (won by Essex member Margaret Curtis). The 1938 Curtis Cup Match (won by the USA) was played at the club, as was the 1995 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur (won by Ellen Port).
MASSACHUSETTS AND THE USGA – The 2010 Curtis Cup will be the 53rd USGA competition conducted in Massachusetts. The Curtis Cup has been played three times previously in the state -- in 1938 at Essex County Club and twice at Brae Burn Country Club in Newtonville, in 1958 and 1970.
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, 5½ to 3½.
The USA holds a 26-6-3 edge in the series and has won the last six, the second-longest win streak in the Match's history.
For more information on the history of the Match, visit http://www.usga.org/press_room/media_guide/Media-Guides/ and click the Curtis Cup Match.
TELEVISION Date Network Show Broadcast Hours (EDT)
COVERAGE June 11 Golf Channel Foursomes 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 12 Golf Channel Four-balls 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 13 Golf Channel Singles 2-4 p.m.
OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES – The flag raising ceremony will be held at Essex County Club at 6 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 10. The closing ceremony will be held immediately following play Sunday. Both events are open to the public.
TICKETS – For information about tickets for the 2010 Curtis Cup Match, visit http://www.2010curtiscup.com/Club/Scripts/Home/home.asp.
MEDIA CONFERENCES – Press conferences will be scheduled for Thursday, June 9. USA Captain Noreen Mohler 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.
PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE – The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the Curtis Cup Match for news use only. For more information and to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS – USGA Communications Department: (908) 234-2300
MEDIA INFORMATION – Beth Murrison will be the USGA media contact at the 2010 Curtis Cup. Prior to the Match, she can be reached by cell phone at (908) 310-5259, or via e-mail at email@example.com.