The 1st Curtis Cup Match was played on 21 May 1932 at Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. The United States won 512 to 312.[1][2]

1st Curtis Cup Match
Dates21 May 1932
VenueWentworth Golf Club
(East Course)
LocationVirginia Water, Surrey, England
United Kingdom 312 512 United States
United States wins the Curtis Cup
1934 →

The match was played on the East course, measuring about 6,000 yards. The foursomes began at 10:30 am and the singles at 2 pm. All the match pairings were announced the previous day. Britain used all 8 of their players while the Americans used the same six in both sessions.[3][4] The United States won all three foursomes matches and, although Britain did better in the afternoon, America won two singles matches and won the contest.[1]



The contest was played in a single day, with three foursomes in the morning and six singles matches in the afternoon, a total of 9 points.

Each of the 9 matches was worth one point in the larger team competition. If a match was all square after the 18th hole extra holes were not played. Rather, each side earned 12 a point toward their team total. The team that accumulated at least 5 points won the competition.



Eight players for Great Britain & Ireland and USA participated in the event. Both teams had a playing captain, although the American captain, Marion Hollins, was one of the two reserves.

    Great Britain
Name Notes
  Joyce Wethered playing captain
  Elsie Corlett
  Diana Fishwick
  Molly Gourlay
  Wanda Morgan
  Doris Park
  Charlotte Watson
  Enid Wilson
    Team USA
Name Notes
Marion Hollins captain, reserve
Leona Cheney
Helen Hicks
Dorothy Higbie reserve
Opal Hill
Maureen Orcutt
Virginia Van Wie
Glenna Vare

The American reserves, Marion Hollins and Dorothy Higbie, did not play in any matches.

Morning foursomes

Wethered/Morgan   1 up Vare/Hill
Wilson/Watson   2 & 1 Van Wie/Hicks
Gourlay/Park   1 up Orcutt/Cheney
0 Session 3
0 Overall 3

Afternoon singles

Joyce Wethered   6 & 4 Glenna Vare
Enid Wilson   2 & 1 Helen Hicks
Wanda Morgan   2 & 1 Virginia Van Wie
Diana Fishwick   4 & 3 Maureen Orcutt
Molly Gourlay halved Opal Hill
Elsie Corlett   5 & 3 Leona Cheney
312 Session 212
312 Overall 512


  1. ^ a b "Golf – Ladies International Match – Victory of U.S.". The Times. 23 May 1932. p. 6.
  2. ^ "British Ladies Defeated – Surprising American victory – Visitors win all foursomes". The Glasgow Herald. 23 May 1932. p. 6.
  3. ^ "Golf – Ladies' International Match – Britain v. U.S. at Wentworth to-day". The Times. 21 May 1932. p. 4.
  4. ^ "To-day's match with America – New departure in Women's golf". The Glasgow Herald. 21 May 1932. p. 16.

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