1970 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1970 Curtis Cup was the 16th time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings were 12 wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

Final Score: United States 11.5, Great Britain & Ireland 6.5

Dates Played: August 7-8, 1970

Location: Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton, Massachusetts

Team Captains: Jeanne Bisgood for GB&I and Carolyn Cudone for USA

Team Rosters:

  • GB&I: Mary Everard, Julia Greenhalgh, Ann Irvin, Mary McKenna, Dinah Oxley, Margaret Pickard, Belle McCorkindale Robertson
  • USA: Jane Bastanchury, Alice Dye, Jane Fassinger, Nancy Hager, Shelley Hamlin, Cynthia Hill, Phyllis Preuss, Martha Wilkinson
Notes: Great Britain & Ireland won the first session of play, but the United States won the three following sessions — including the middle two by a 7-2 margin — to claim the victory.

There were some significant comings and goings in the 1970 Curtis Cup. This was the last of five playing appearances on Team USA for Phyllis Preuss. At the completion of play here, Preuss held the Cup's all-time record (since surpassed) for most match victories with 10.

This was Mary McKenna's first Curtis Cup as a player for GB&I. She played in nine Cups total, a record that still stands for Team GB&I, and played in every Cup from 1970 through the 1986 matches.

And this year marked the first of three appearances on Team USA for Jane Bastanchury, who later competed under her married name of Booth. The significance? Bastanchury's daugher, Kellee Booth, played for Team USA in the 1996 and 1998 matches. They are the only mother-and-daughter who have both played in the Curtis Cup.

1970 Curtis Cup Results

Day 1

Foursomes
  • Dinah Oxley/Mary KcKenna, GB&I, def. Shelley Hamlin/Jane Bastanchury, USA, 4 and 3
  • Phyllis Preuss/Martha Wilkinson, USA, def. Belle McCorkindale Robertson/Ann Irvin, GB&I, 4 and 3
  • Mary Everard/Julia Greenhalgh, GB&I, def. Cynthia Hill/Jane Fassinger, USA, 5 and 3
Score of first session: GB&I 2, USA 1

Singles

  • Jane Bastanchury, USA, def. Dinah Oxley, GB&I, 5 and 3
  • Martha Wilkinson, USA, def. Ann Irvin, GB&I, 1-up
  • Belle McCorkindale Roberston, GB&I, halved with Shelley Hamlin, USA
  • Mary McKenna, GB&I, def. Phyllis Preuss, USA, 4 and 2
  • Nancy Hager, USA, def. Margaret Pickard, GB&I, 5 and 4
  • Alice Dye, USA, def. Julia Greenhalgh, GB&I, 1-up
Score of second session: USA 4.5, GB&I 1.5
Cumulative score after Day 1: USA 5.5, GB&I 3.5

Day 2

Foursomes
  • Phyllis Preuss/Martha Wilkinson, USA, def. Dinah Oxley/Mary McKenna, GB&I, 6 and 4
  • Shelley Hamlin/Jane Bastanchury, USA, def. Belle McCorkindale Robertson/Ann Irvin, GB&I, 1-up
  • Mary Everard/Julia Greenhalgh, GB&I, halved with Cynthia Hill/Alice Dye, USA
Score of third session: USA 2.5, GB&I 0.5
Cumulative score after three sessions: USA 8, GB&I 4

Singles

  • Dinah Oxley, GB&I, halved with Shelley Hamlin, USA
  • Jane Bastanchury, USA, def. Ann Irvin, GB&I, 4 and 3
  • Phyllis Preuss, USA, def. Belle McCorkindale Robertson, GB&I, 1-up
  • Julia Greenhalgh, GB&I, def. Martha Wilkinson, USA, 6 and 4
  • Mary Everard, GB&I, def. Nancy Hager, USA, 4 and 3
  • Cynthia Hill, USA, def. Mary McKenna, GB&I, 2 and 1
Score of fourth session: USA 3.5, GB&I 2.5
Overall and final score: USA 11.5, GB&I 6.5

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