Championship Facts

PAR AND YARDAGE: The Nairn Golf Club will be set up at 6,305 yards and will play to a par of 36-36—72. 


Hole  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  Out 
Par  4 5 4 3 4 3 5 4 4  36 
Yards  390 458 363 144 371 160 487 355 351 3,079 


Hole  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  In 
Par  5 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 5 36 
Yards  536 152 412 393 195 301 390 357 490  3,226  


WHAT IS THE CURTIS CUP MATCH: The Curtis Cup Match is contested by female amateur players, one team from the United States of America and one team composed of players from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The teams consist of not more than eight players and a captain. The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the USA and in Great Britain and Ireland.

The country winning the Match takes custody of the trophy for the ensuing two years. In case of a tie, the trophy remains with the previous winner.

CURTIS CUP HISTORY: 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 Team has won the last seven Matches and leads the series, 27-6-3.

For information about the history of the championship, visit and click on Curtis Cup Match.

ARCHITECT/CLUB HISTORY: The 2012 Curtis Cup Match will be conducted on the Championship Course at The Nairn Golf Club. Established in 1887, the course was originally designed by Archie Simpson, the professional and greenkeeper at St. Andrews, though Old Tom Morris was also instrumental in the initial course creation. Nairn has undergone renovations by James Braid and Ben Sayers.

TELEVISION: While no live coverage will be broadcast in the United States, Golf Channel will be airing daily highlights during Golf Central. Check your local listings for times. 

TEAM SELECTION: The USA Team is selected by the United States Golf Association’s International Team Selection Committee. The Ladies Golf Union selects the team from Great Britain and Ireland. Players must be citizens of the countries they represent.

2012 CAPTAINS: Dr. Patricia Cornett, of Mill Valley, Calif., will serve as the captain of the USA Curtis Cup Team, while Tegwen Matthews, of Wales, will captain the Great Britain and Ireland side.

Cornett has competed in more than 50 USGA championships, including a runner-up finish at the 1987 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, and played on the 1978 and 1988 USA Curtis Cup Teams.

Matthews served as the GB&I Team Manager for the past two Matches, and becomes the first Team Captain from Wales. She is a veteran of four GB&I Teams, playing for four consecutive Matches from 1974 to 1980.

2012 USA TEAM: The USA Team consists of the following eight players:

Amy Anderson, 19, Oxbow, N.D. (North Dakota State University
Lindy Duncan, 21, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Duke University)
Austin Ernst, 19, Seneca, S.C. (Louisiana State University)
Tiffany Lua, 20, Rowland Heights, Calif. (University of California - Los Angeles)
Lisa McCloskey, 20, Houston, Texas (University of Southern California)
Brooke Pancake, 21, Chattanooga, Tenn. (University of Alabama)
Erica Popson, 21, Davenport, Fla. (University of Tennessee)
Emily Tubert, 20, Burbank, Calif. (University of Arkansas)

GB&I TEAM: The GB&I Team consists of the following eight players:

Amy Boulden, 18, Wales
Holly Clyburn, 21, England
Charley Hull, 16, England
Bronte Law, 17, England
Leona Maguire, 17, Ireland
Stephanie Meadow, 20, Northern Ireland (University of Alabama)
Pamela Pretswell, 23, Scotland
Kelly Tidy, 22, England

TICKETS: For information about tickets for the 2012 Curtis Cup Match, visit

ONLINE COVERAGE: Visit, or, for the latest Curtis Cup information before and during the Match.

OPENING CEREMONIES: The flag-raising ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 7.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY: On Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, there will be three foursomes (alternate-shot) and three four-ball (best-ball) matches. On Sunday, June 10, there will be eight singles matches.

TELEVISION SCHEDULE: The television schedule has not been announced.

– A match where two players compete against two other players in an 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 winner, one-half point is awarded to each side. In the event of a tie, the team that won the previous competition retains the trophy.

2010 RECAP: The USA defeated Great Britain and Ireland, 12½-7½, in the 36th Curtis Cup Match at Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., clinching the cup when Jennifer Johnson made a 2-foot putt at the 14th hole to defeat Rachel Jennings. Johnson and 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Alexis Thompson both went undefeated to lead the USA Team to victory.

For more about the 2010 Curtis Cup Match, visit

MEDIA CONFERENCES: Media-conference schedules will be announced at a later date.

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, go to

MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Christina Lance of USGA Championship Communications at 908-234-2300 (office), 908-635-0413 (cell) or


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