1952 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

Something happened at the 1952 Curtis Cup that had never happened before in this competition: Great Britain and Ireland won. Following the result here, the all-time standings in the event, dating to 1932, were five wins for Team USA, one for Team GB&I, with one tie.

Final Score: Great Britain & Ireland 5, United States 4

Dates Played: June 6-7, 1952

Location: Muirfield links in Muirfield, Scotland

Team Captains: Katherine Cairns for the USA and Aniela Goldthwaite for Great Britain & Ireland

Team Rosters:

  • USA — Grace DeMoss, Claire Doran, Dorothy Kirby, Marjorie Lindsay, Mae Murray, Patricia O'Sullivan, Polly Riley
  • GB&I — Jeanne Bisgood, Jean Donald, Philomena Garvey, Moira Paterson, Elizabeth Price, Frances Stephens, Jessie Anderson Valentine
Notes: Elizabeth Price was the hero of Team GB&I's first-ever Curtis Cup victory. In the deciding match — the sixth and final singles match, with the score tied 4-4 — Price dispatched Team USA's Grace DeMoss on the 16th green, taking a 3-and-2 victory.

Price also helped GB&I open the tournament with a win, teaming with Jean Donald for victory in the first foursomes match on Day 1. GB&I won two of the foursomes to take a 1-point lead into Day 1, then split the singles matches to claim the trophy.

Dorothy Kirby's comeback in the first singles match on Day 2 was another of the highlights. The American was 5-down with 11 holes to play in the 36-hole match. But Kirby tied the match on the 35th hole, then won it on the 36th.

1952 Curtis Cup Results

Day 1 Foursomes
  • Jean Donald/Elizabeth Price, GB&I, def. Dorothy Kirby/Grace DeMoss, USA, 3 and 2
  • Claire Doran/Marjorie Lindsay, USA, def. Frances Stephens/Jessie Anderson Valentine, GB&I, 6 and 4
  • Moira Paterson/Philomena Garvey, GB&I, def. Polly Riley/Patricia O'Sullivan, USA, 2 and 1
Score after first session: GB&I 2, USA 1

Day 2 Singles

  • Dorothy Kirby, USA, def. Jean Donald, GB&I, 1-up
  • Frances Stephens, GB&I, def. Marjorie Lindsay, USA, 2 and 1
  • Polly Riley, USA, def. Moira Paterson, GB&I, 6 and 4
  • Jeanne Bisgood, GB&I, def. Mae Murray, USA, 6 and 5
  • Claire Doran, USA, def. Philomena Garvey, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Elizabeth Price, GB&I, def. Grace DeMoss, USA, 3 and 2
Score of second session: USA 3, GB&I 3
Overall and final score: GB&I 5, USA 2

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