1978 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1978 Curtis Cup was the 20th time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings were 16 wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

Final Score: United States 12, Great Britain & Ireland 6

Dates Played: August 4-5, 1978

Location: The Apawamis Club in Rye, New York

Team Captains: Carol Comboy for Great Britain & Ireland, Helen Sigel Wilson for the United States.

Team Rosters:

  • GB&I — Carole Caldwell, Mary Everard, Julia Greenhalgh, Vanessa Marvin, Mary McKenna, Tegwen Perkins, Muriel Thomson, Angela Uzielli
  • USA — Patricia Cornett, Beth Daniel, Brenda Goldsmith, Carolyn Hill, Cynthia Hill, Judy Oliver, Lancy Smith, Noreen Uihlein
Notes: Team GB&I nearly swept the opening foursomes session at the 1978 Curtis Cup, but then won only two matches the rest of the way. Team USA took control by going 3-for-3 in the Day 2 foursomes.

Although the final score doesn't indicate it, the individual matches were quite competitive. Seven of the 18 matches ended on the 18th hole, but the U.S. side wasn't beaten in any of them (four wins for Team USA, three halves).

Julia Greenhalgh accounted for 1.5 of GB&I's six points in the last of her six playing appearances in the Curtis Cup. In the final of her two appearances for Team USA, future Hall of Famer Beth Daniel went 3-1-0, running her overall record to 7-1-0 in the Curtis Cup.

1978 Curtis Cup Results

Day 1

  • Julia Greenhalgh/Vanessa Morris, GB&I, def. Beth Daniel/Brenda Goldsmith, USA, 3 and 2
  • Mary Everard/Muriel Thomson, GB&I, def. Cynthia Hill/Lancy Smith, USA, 2 and 1
  • Tegwen Perkins/Mary McKenna, GB&I, halved with Patricia Cornett/Carolyn Hill, USA
Score after first session: GB&I 2.5, USA 0.5


  • Beth Daniel, USA, def. Vanessa Marvin, GB&I, 5 and 4
  • Mary Everard, GB&I, def. Noreen Uihlein, USA, 7 and 6
  • Cynthia Hill, USA, def. Julia Greenhalgh, GB&I, 2 and 1
  • Judith Oliver, USA, def. Tegwen Perkins, GB&I, 2 and 1
  • Lancy Smith, USA, def. Angela Uzielli, GB&I, 4 and 3
  • Carole Caldwell, GB&I, halved with Carolyn Hill, USA
Score of second session: USA 4.5, GB&I 1.5
Cumulative score after Day 1: USA 5, GB&I 4

Day 2

  • Cynthia Hill/Lancy Smith, USA, def. Mary Everard/Muriel Thomson, GB&I, 1-up
  • Brenda Goldsmith/Beth Daniel, USA, def. Tegwen Perkins/Mary McKenna, GB&I, 1-up
  • Noreen Uihlein/Judith Oliver, USA, def. Julia Greenhalgh/Vanessa Marvin, GB&I, 4 and 3
Score of third session: USA 3, GB&I 1
Cumulative score after three sessions: USA 8, GB&I 4


  • Beth Daniel, USA, def. Mary McKenna, GB&I, 2 and 1
  • Julia Greenhalgh, GB&I, halved with Judith Oliver, USA
  • Mary Everard, GB&I, halved with Noreen Uihlein, USA
  • Patricia Cornett, USA, def. Carole Caldwell, GB&I, 3 and 2
  • Muriel Thomson, GB&I, def. Carolyn Hill, USA, 2 and 1
  • Lancy Smith, USA, def. Tegwen Perkins, GB&I, 2-up
Score of fourth session: USA 4, GB&I 2
Overall and final score: USA 12, GB&I 6

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