In 1927, sisters Harriot and Margaret Curtis, winners of the US Women's Amateur four times between them, presented a cup to begin the Women's International Cup. Their stated desire for this was "to stimulate friendly rivalry among women golfers of many lands." However, it would not be until 1932, at the Wentworth Club in England, that the first Match was held. A United States team defeated a team from Great Britain and Ireland 5 1/2 to 3 1/2 in the inaugural event.
Played every two years, the players are selected by their respective golf associations, with the USGA selecting the United States team and the Ladies Golf Union naming the players representing GB&I. The 2014 Match, the 38th in the history of the event, will have the United States team looking to improve on their current record of 27 wins, 7 losses and 3 ties.
Throughout the event's long history, some of the best women amateur's have competed on these teams. Some of them are: Marion Hollins, Glenna Collett Vare, Joyce Wethered, Michelle Wie, Judy Bell, Carol Semple Thompson, Ellen Port, Jill McGill, Cristie Kerr, Juli Inkster, Alexis Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Patty Sheehan, Beth Daniel, Paula Creamer, Patty Berg, Louise Suggs, Peggy Kirk, Polly Riley, JoAnn Gunderson Carner, Anne Quast Sander, Barbara McIntire, Alice Dye, Laura Baugh, Cynthia Hill, Mary Budke, Nancy Lopez, Judy Oliver, Heather Farr, Penny Hamel, Dottie Pepper, Brandie Burton, Vicki Goetze, Kelli Kuehne, Brittany Lang and Virginia Derby Grimes.
In addition, the courses that have hosted this prestigious international competition are also among the best in America. They are: Bandon Dunes, Fox Chapel, Minikahda Club, The Honors Course, Prairie Dunes, San Francisco GC, The Homestead, Merion Golf Club, Chevy Chase, Essex County Club, The Broadmoor and Brae Burn CC.
Not to be outdone, some of the finest courses in England, Scotland and Ireland have also played host to the Match: Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s, Royal County Down, Royal Porthcawl, Muirfield, Royal Birkdale, Nairn, Royal St. Georges, Royal Liverpool, St. Andrews Links, Killarney, Formby and Ganton.
St. Louis Country Club proudly takes its place among these outstanding Clubs, which have tested the best women amateurs as they vie for the Cup!