1932 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1932 Curtis Cup was the inaugural match in the Curtis Cup tournament's history, pitting teams of amateur women golfers representing Great Britain and the United States.

Final Score: USA 5.5, Great Britain 3.5

Dates Played: May 21, 1932

Location: Wentworth Golf Club (East Course) in Virginia Water, Surrey, England

Team Captains: Marion Hollins for USA, Joyce Wethered for Great Britain

Team Rosters:

  • USA — Leona Cheney, Helen Hicks, Opal Hill, Maureen Orcutt, Virginia Van Wie, Glenna Collett Vare
  • Great Britain — Elsie Corlett, Diana Fishwick, Molly Gourlay, Marion Hollins (playing captain), Dorothy Higbie, Wanda Morgan, Doris Park, Charlotte Watson, Joyce Wethered (playing captain), Enid Wilson
Notes: The tournament was played in a single day, three foursomes matches in the morning session and six singles matches in the afternoon session. All matches were 18 holes.

The headliners were Joyce Wethered for Great Britain and Glenna Collett Vare for the United States, considered in their time (and today) the greatest female golfers of their era. Vare, with partner Opal Hill, got the better of Wethered and partner Wanda Morgan in the foursomes. But playing head-to-head in singles, Wethered dominated with a 6-and-4 victory.

From the perspective of today, Team USA clearly had the better overall team (multiple recognizable names and important players in women's golf history), and that showed in the final score, although Great Britain did win the singles session.

1932 Curtis Cup Results

Foursomes
  • Glenna Collett Vare/Opal Hill, USA def. Joyce Wethered/Wanda Morgan, Great Britain, 1-up
  • Virginia Van Wie/Helen Hicks, USA def. Enid Wilson/Charlotte Watson, Great Britain, 2 and 1
  • Maureen Orcutt/Leona Cheney, USA def. Molly Gourlay/Doris Park, Great Britain
Score after first session: USA 3, Great Britain 0

Singles

  • Joyce Wethered, Great Britain def. Glenna Collett Vare, USA, 6 and 4
  • Enid Wilson, Great Britain def. Helen Hicks, USA, 2 and 1
  • Virginia Van Wie, USA def. Wanda Morgan, Great Britain, 2 and 1
  • Diana Fishwick, Great Britain def. Maureen Orcutt, USA, 4 and 3
  • Molly Gourlay, Great Britain, halved with Opal Hill, USA
  • Leona Cheney, USA, def. Elsi Corlett, Great Britain, 5 and 3
Score of second session: Great Britain 3.5, USA 2.5
Final score: USA 5.5, Great Britain 3.5

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