1950 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1950 Curtis Cup was the sixth time this tournament was played, and the fifth time it was won by the United States. Following the result, the all-time standings were five wins for the USA, none for Great Britain & Ireland, with one tie.

Final Score: USA 7.5, Great Britain & Ireland 1.5

Dates Played: September 4-5, 1950

Location: Country Club of Buffalo in Williamsville, New York

Team Captains: Diana Fishwick Critchley for GB&I, Glenna Collett Vare for USA.

Team Rosters:

  • Great Britain & Ireland — Jeanne Bisgood, Jean Donald, Philomena Garvey, Elizabeth Price, Frances Stephens, Jessie Anderson Valentine
  • United States — Beverly Hanson, Dorothy Kielty, Dorothy Kirby, Peggy Kirk, Grace Lenczyk, Dorothy Germain Porter, Polly Riley, Helen Sigel
Notes: Team USA's 6-point win over Team Great Britain & Ireland was also its largest victory to this point in Curtis Cup history. For Team GB&I, only the foursomes duo of Frances Stephens and Elizabeth Price managed a win.

The USA side featured Polly Riley, who this same year won the very first LPGA Tour tournament ever played; and Beverly Hanson, who went on to win three LPGA major championships.

Amateur legend Glenna Collett Vare was the captain for Team USA. She had been a part of every Curtis Cup yet played, either as a player or captain (and twice as both). This her fourth time serving as team captain, and her final appearance as a player or captain in the competition.

For the first time, all matches were 36 holes. In all previous Curtis Cups, they had been only 18 holes.

1950 Curtis Cup Results

Day 1 Foursomes
  • Dorothy Germain Porter/Beverly Hanson, USA, def. Jean Donald/Jessie Anderson Valentine, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Frances Stephens/Elizabeth Price, GB&I, def. Helen Sigel/Peggy Kirk, USA, 1-up
  • Dorothy Kielty/Dorothy Kirby, USA, def. Philomena Garvey/Jeanne Bisgood, GB&I, 6 and 5
Score after first session: USA 2, GB&I 1

Day 2 Singles

  • Frances Stephens, GB&I, halved with Dorothy Germain Porter, USA
  • Polly Riley, USA, def. Jessie Anderson Valentine, GB&I, 7 and 6
  • Beverly Hanson, USA, def. Jean Donald, GB&I, 6 and 5
  • Dorothy Kirby, USA, def. Philomena Garvey, GB&I, 3 and 1
  • Peggy Kirk, USA, def. Jeanne Bisgood, GB&I, 1-up
  • Grace Lenczyk, USA, def. Elizabeth Price, GB&I, 5 and 4
Score of second session: USA 5.5, GB&I 0.5
Overall and final score: USA 7.5, GB&I 1.5

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