2002 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 2002 Curtis Cup was the 32nd time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings were 23 wins for Team USA, six for GB&I, and three ties.

Final Score: United States 11, Great Britain & Ireland 7

Dates Played: August 3-4, 2002

Location: Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team Captains: Pam Benka for Great Britain & Ireland, Mary Budke for the United States

Team Rosters:

  • GB&I — Alison Coffey, Emma Duggleby, Rebecca Hudson, Sarah Jones, Vikki Laing, Fame More, Kerry Smith, Heather Stirling
  • USA — Emily Bastel, Meredith Duncan, Mollie Fankhauser, Leigh Anne Hardin, Angela Jerman, Laura Myerscough, Courtney Swaim, Carol Semple Thompson
Notes: Team USA stormed out of the gates at the 2002 Curtis Cup by winning all three of the opening-session foursomes. At the end of Day 1, the U.S. led Team GB&I 7-2. That big first day was important, because GB&I, at one point on Day 2, had a shot at pulling off the huge comeback. In the end, though, it didn't happen.

This year marked the last of Carol Semple Thompson's 12 playing appearances for Team USA, the first of which happened in the 1974 Curtis Cup. Semple Thompson's total number of appearances, her 18 match wins and her 20 points earned are all, far and away, Curtis Cup records.

And it was Semple Thompson who sank the putt that kept the Cup in the Americans' hands. She was 1-up vs. Vikki Laing through 17 holes. On the 18th hole, Semple Thompson sank a 27-foot putt to halve the hole but win the match and, for the USA, ensure that it retained the Cup.

2002 Curtis Cup Results

Day 1

  • Meredith Duncan/Angela Jerman, USA, def. Rebecca Hudson/Emma Duggleby, GB&I, 4 and 3
  • Mollie Fankhauser/Carol Semple Thompson, USA, def. Heather Stirling/Vikki Laing, GB&I, 1-up
  • Courtney Swaim/Laura Myerscough, USA, def. Kerry Smith/Alison Coffey, GB&I, 3 and 2
Score of first session: USA 3, GB&I 0


  • Rebecca Hudson, GB&I, def. Emily Bastel, USA, 2-up
  • Leigh Anne Hardin, USA, def. Emma Duggleby, GB&I, 2 and 1
  • Meredith Duncan, USA, def. Fame More, GB&I, 5 and 4
  • Angela Jerman, USA, def. Sarah Jones, GB&I, 6 and 5
  • Courtney Swaim, USA, def. Heather Stirling, 4 and 2
  • Vikki Laing, GB&I, def. Mollie Fankhauser, USA, 1-up
Score of second session: USA 4, GB&I 2
Cumulative score after two sessions: USA 7, GB&I 2

Day 2

  • Heather Stirling/Vikki Laing, GB&I, def. Leigh Anne Hardin/Emily Bastel, USA, 3 and 1
  • Laura Myerscough/Courtney Swaim, USA, def. Rebecca Hudson/Kerry Smith, GB&I, 4 and 2
  • Emma Duggleby/Alison Coffey, GB&I, def. Meredith Duncan/Angela Jerman, USA, 4 and 2
Score of third session: GB&I 2, USA 1
Cumulative score after three sessions: USA 8, GB&I 4


  • Rebecca Hudson, GB&I, def. Mollie Fankhauser, USA, 3 and 1
  • Carol Semple Thompson, USA, def. Vikki Laing, GB&I, 1-up
  • Emma Duggleby, GB&I, def. Leigh Anne Hardin, USA, 4 and 3
  • Laura Myerscough, USA, def. Heather Stirling, GB&I, 2-up
  • Meredith Duncan, USA, def. Alison Coffey, GB&I, 3 and 1
  • Sarah Jones, GB&I, def. Courtney Swaim, USA, 5 and 3
Score of fourth session: GB&I 3, USA 3
Overall and final score: USA 11, GB&I 7

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