1972 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1972 Curtis Cup was the 17th time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings were 13 wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

Final Score: United States 10, Great Britain & Ireland 8

Dates Played: June 9-10, 1972

Location: Western Gailes Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland

Team Captains: Jean Ashley Crawford for Team USA and Frances Stephens Smith for Team GB&I

Team Rosters:

  • USA: Beth Barry, Laura Baugh, Jane Bastanchury Booth, Martha Wilkinson Kirouac, Barbara McIntire, Lancy Smith, Hollis Stacy
  • GB&I: Mary Everard, Diane Robb Frearson, Beverley Huke, Mary McKenna, Dinah Oxley, Kathryn Phillips, Belle McCorkindale Robertson, Mickey Walker
Notes: The 2-point margin of victory here made this the closest outcome since the 1958 Curtis Cup, which ended in a tie.

The Day 1 singles session was highlighted by the match between the reigning British Ladies Amateur winner, Mickey Walker, and reigning U.S. Women's Amateur winner, Laura Baugh. Baugh was 2-down after 10 holes, but squared the match by the 15th hole. It ended in a tie. Baugh, 17 years old, was, at the time, the youngest player in Curtis Cup history.

In the Day 2 foursomes, the American team of Hollis Stacy and Beth Barry came back from 4-down with six holes to play to halve their match. Team USA led by two points following the morning foursomes.

In the final singles session, Walker got GB&I off to a hot start with an opening win, Mary McKenna won the second match and Mary Everard won the fourth match for GB&I. Only Baugh, in the third match, earned a point for USA out of the first four singles games, and the score was tied 8-8. But the Americans won the final two matches to secure the 2-point victory.

Mickey Walker won 3.5 of a possible 4 points for GB&I and was the only undefeated player on either side. This was the only Curtis Cup played by Walker, but she went on to captain the squad three times. She also was a founding member of the Ladies European Tour and served as Europe's Solheim Cup captain four times.

1972 Curtis Cup Results

Day 1

Foursomes
  • Laura Baugh/Martha Wilkinson Kirouac, USA, def. Beverly Huke/Mary Everard, GB&I
  • Belle McCorkindale Robertson/Diane Robb Frearson, GB&I, def. Jane Bastanchury Booth/Barbara McIntire, USA
  • Mickey Walker/Mary McKenna, GB&I, def. Beth Barry/Hollis Stacy, USA
Score after first session: GB&I 2, USA 1

Singles

  • Mickey Walker, GB&I, halved with Laura Baugh, USA
  • Jane Bastanchury Booth, USA, def. Belle McCorkindale Robertson, GB&I
  • Martha Wilkinson Kirouac, USA, def. Mary Everard, GB&I
  • Barbara McIntire, USA, def. Dinah Oxley, GB&I
  • Kathryn Phillips, GB&I, def. Lancy Smith, USA
  • Beth Barry, USA, def. Mary McKenna, GB&I
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
  • Mickey Walker/Mary McKenna, GB&I, def. Laura Baugh/Martha Wilkinson Kirouac, USA
  • Belle McCorkindale Robertson/Diane Robb Frearson, GB&I, halved with Beth Barry/Hollis Stacy, USA
  • Jane Bastanchury Booth/Barbara McIntire, USA, def. Mary Everard/Beverly Huke, GB&I
Score of third session: GB&I 1.5, USA 1.5
Cumulative score after three sessions: USA 7, GB&I 5

Singles

  • Mickey Walker, GB&I, def. Jane Bastanchury Booth, USA
  • Mary McKenna, GB&I, def. Martha Wilkinson Kirouac, USA
  • Laura Baugh, USA, def. Belle McCorkindale Robertson, GB&I
  • Mary Everard, GB&I, def. Barbara McIntire, USA
  • Lancy Smith, USA, def. Diane Robb Frearson, GB&I
  • Beth Barry, USA, def. Kathryn Phillips, GB&I
Score of fourth session: USA 3, GB&I 3
Overall and final score: USA 10, GB&I 8

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