1954 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1954 Curtis Cup was the eighth time this competition was played. Following the result, the all-time standings to this point were six wins for Team USA, one for Team GB&I, with one tie.

Final Score: United States 6, Great Britain & Ireland 3

Dates Played: September 2-3, 1954

Location: Merion Golf Club (East Course) in Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Team Captains: Dorothy Beck for Great Britain & Ireland, Edith Flippin for USA

Team Rosters:

  • GB&I — Jeanne Bisgood, Philomena Garvey, Marjorie Peel, Elizabeth Price, Janette Robertson, Frances Stephens, Jessie Anderson Valentine
  • USA — Claire Doran, Mary Lena Faulk, Dorothy Kirby, Patricia Lesser, Polly Riley, Barbara Romack, Grace DeMoss Smith, Joyce Ziske
Notes: Team USA won all three foursomes matches en route to its victory. All three of those wins were by wide margins in the 36-hole matches: one by 6-and-4, two others by 6-and-5 scores.

There was an even bigger win in singles: The USA's Polly Riley defeated Elizabeth Price by a 9-and-8 score. That was the biggest win (and worst defeat) in Curtis Cup history to that point.

Dorothy Beck made history when she captained Team GB&I: Her husband, John B. Beck, had already been a two-time Walker Cup captain. They are the only wife-and-husband duo who have captained in the Curtis and Walker cups.

1954 Curtis Cup Results

Day 1 Foursomes
  • Mary Lena Faulk/Polly Riley, USA, def. Frances Stephens/Elizabeth Price, GB&I, 6 and 4
  • Claire Doran/Patricia Lesser, USA, def. Jessie Anderson Valentine/Philomena Garvey, GB&I, 6 and 5
  • Dorothy Kirby/Barbara Romack, USA, def. Marjorie Peel/Jeanette Robertson, GB&I, 6 and 5
Score after first session: USA 3, GB&I 0

Day 2 Singles

  • Frances Stephens, GB&I, def. Mary Lena Faulk, USA, 1-up
  • Claire Doran, USA, def. Jeanne Bisgood, GB&I, 4 and 3
  • Polly Riley, USA, def. Elizabeth Price, GB&I, 9 and 8
  • Philomena Garvey, GB&I, def. Dorothy Kirby, USA, 3 and 1
  • Grace DeMoss Smith, USA, def. Jessie Anderson Valentine, GB&I, 4 and 3
  • Jeanette Robertson, GB&I, def. Joyce Ziske, USA, 3 and 1
Score of second session: GB&I 3, USA 3
Overall and final score: USA 6, GB&I 3

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