SOURCE: Curtis Cup

May 06, 2010 08:54 ET

Countdown Is on for the 2010 Curtis Cup Match

Historic International Golf Event to Be Played in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., June 11-13; USA and GB&I Teams Announced; Tickets Available Online Today at 2010CurtisCup.com

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - May 6, 2010) -  The countdown is on for the historic 2010 Curtis Cup Match which will be contested at Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., from June 11-13. The 2010 Curtis Cup Match, which takes place biennially, features eight female amateur golfers from Great Britain and Ireland and eight players from the United States. The Golf Channel will be covering the event nationally and more than 2,500 spectators are expected. 

Tickets for this international golf event are now available online at 2010CurtisCup.com. A three-day ticket that grants access to each day of championship play costs $75. Single day tickets are also available for any of the three days of play for $30. Guests 17 and under are free if accompanied by a ticketed adult. Admission to the Flag Raising ceremony on Thursday is free to all.

Sisters, Manchester natives and notable Essex CC members, Margaret and Harriot Curtis, founded the Curtis Cup. The 1938 Curtis Cup competition was held at Essex County Club, and in 1995, as part of the USGA's Centennial year, Essex hosted the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship. Everyone at Essex County Club looks forward to welcoming golf fans from around the world. Event Chair Val Somers said, "It is a tremendous honor that Essex County Club has been selected to host the Curtis Cup Match again in 2010." 

"It's a first-class event that is terrific golf," says General Chair Bill Van Faasen. "It's the United States versus Great Britain and Ireland and there is a huge amount of respect between the two sides, but it's not just about individuals playing for themselves. It's about individuals playing for their country which adds a really interesting element to the competition." 

Former Curtis Cup players include such notables as Dottie Pepper, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie. The 2010 USA Team will be captained by Noreen Friel Mohler, a Massachusetts native, former Curtis Cup player and accomplished golfer." This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to watch amazing golf up close," notes Event Chair Annie Barton, who said she is thrilled Essex County Club gets a chance to highlight women's golf and increase the enthusiasm so many have for the game. "These girls who we'll be watching and walking with are likely to be the future stars of the LPGA." 

The 2010 USA Curtis Cup Team, recently announced will feature three USGA champions.

http://www.usga.org/news/2010/April/2010-Curtis-Cup-Team-Named/

The team representing Great Britain and Ireland will feature the youngest yet to represent GB&I in the competition, 15-year-old twins Leona and Lisa Maguire.

http://www.lgu.org/championships/champs_010_curtiscup/news/champs_curtiscup_2010_teamanno/

Schedule of Events (format subject to change):

Thursday, June 10 - Flag Raising ceremony - Open to the public.
Friday, June 11 - First day of play - Three morning foursomes matches and three afternoon four-balls matches.
Saturday, June 12 - Second day of play - Three morning four-ball matches and three afternoon foursome matches.
Sunday, June 13 - Final day of play - Eight singles matches. 

Essex County Club, located in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., opened in 1893 and was the first nine-hole golf course in New England. Essex was admitted as the sixth member of the United States Golf Association, which now numbers more than 5,000 clubs. Donald Ross, the world-famous architect, became the club professional in 1910. During the years Ross was at Essex, 1910 to 1913, and thereafter until 1917, he redesigned almost all the holes, constructing or reconstructing several holes a year. The current third green, which was part of the original nine holes, became part of the new 18, and this green is considered to be the oldest in the country. Skip Wogan came to Essex in 1910 with Donald Ross and served the Club faithfully as both professional and greenskeeper until his death in 1957. Skip's son, Philip, a course architect, maintained the course from 1957 until his retirement in 1986.

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