1964 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1964 Curtis Cup was the 13th time this tournament was played, but it was played with a new, expanded format this year: 18 points were at stake rather than just nine. The result was another United States win, however. And following that win, the all-time standings were nine wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

Final Score: United States 10.5, Great Britain & Ireland 7.5

Dates Played: September 11-12, 1964

Location: Royal Porthcawl Golf Club in Porthcawl, South Wales

Team Captains: Helen Hawes for Team USA and Elsie Corlett for Team GB&I

Team Rosters:

  • USA: Barbara Fay White, Peggy Conley, JoAnne Gunderson, Barbara McIntire, Phyllis Preuss, Nancy Roth, Carol Sorenson
  • GB&I: Susan Armitage, Angela Ward Bonallack, Julia Greenhalgh, Bridget Jackson, Joan Lawrence, Ruth Porter, Marley Spearman, Sheila Vaughan
Notes: The big news at the 1964 Curtis Cup was the format change. The golfers still played foursomes and singles matches. But instead of playing nine matches total (three foursomes on Day 1 and six singles on Day 2), they played 18 matches. The three-foursomes-plus-six-singles schedule was doubled.

Individual matches, however, reverted to 18 holes rather than 36 as in the preceding Cups.

Here, Team GB&I won the first session, then the two sides were tied following the second and third sessions. In the final session, Day 2's singles, however, Team USA pulled away for the victory.

One all-time Curtis Cup record was set this year for largest winning margin in an 18-hole foursomes match. The USA's Carol Sorenson and Barbara Fay White teamed to beat Bridget Jackson and Susan Armitage by an 8-and-6 score.

1964 Curtis Cup Results

Day 1

Foursomes
  • Marley Spearman/Angela Ward Bonallack, GB&I, def. Barbara McIntire/Phyllis Preuss, USA, 2 and 1
  • Carol Sorenson/Barbara Fay White, USA, def. Bridget Jackson/Susan Armitage, GB&I, 8 and 6
  • Sheila Vaughan/Ruth Porter, GB&I, def. JoAnne Gunderson/Nancy Roth, USA, 3 and 2
Score after first session: GB&I 2, USA 1

Singles

  • Marley Spearman, GB&I, halved with Barbara McIntire, USA
  • JoAnne Gunderson, USA, def. Angela Ward Bonallack, GB&I, 6 and 5
  • Peggy Conley, USA, def. Joan Lawrence, GB&I, 1-up
  • Barbara Fay White, USA, def. Julia Greenhalgh, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Bridget Jackson, GB&I, def. Carol Sorenson, USA, 4 and 3
  • Ruth Porter, GB&I, def. Nancy Roth, USA, 1-up
Score of second session: USA 3.5, GB&I 2.5
Score after Day 1: GB&I 4.5, USA 4.5

Day 2

Foursomes
  • Marley Spearman/Angela Ward Bonallack, GB&I, def. Barbara McIntire/Phyllis Preuss, USA, 6 and 5
  • JoAnne Gunderson/Nancy Roth, USA, def. Susan Armitage/Bridget Jackson, GB&I, 2-up
  • Ruth Porter/Sheila Vaughan, GB&I, halved with Carol Sorenson/Barbara Fay White, USA
Score of third session: GB&I 1.5, USA 1.5
Overall score to this point: GB&I 6, USA 6

Singles

  • Marley Spearman, GB&I, halved with JoAnne Gunderson, USA
  • Barbara McIntire, USA, def. Joan Lawrence, GB&I, 4 and 2
  • Julia Greenhalgh, GB&I, def. Phyllis Preuss, USA, 5 and 3
  • Peggy Conley, USA, def. Bridget Jackson, GB&I, 1-up
  • Barbara Fay White, USA, def. Angela Ward Bonallack, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Carol Sorenson, USA, def. Ruth Porter, GB&I, 3 and 2
Score of fourth session: USA 4.5, GB&I 1.5
Overall and final score: USA 10.5, GB&I 7.5

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