Only a couple of hours after the final putt dropped in a dramatic, come-from-behind 10.5-9.5 victory for GB&I at the 2012 Curtis Cup, the USGA announced the site of the next Curtis Cup in 2014.
For the first time, the U.S. will host it in the state of Missouri, taking a USGA event back to the St. Louis Country Club for the first time since the 1972 U.S. Women’s Amateur.
“The traditional values of sportsmanship and camaraderie that are evident at the Curtis Cup Match will be on display at a classic golf course,” said USGA Vice President and Championship Committee Chairman Thomas J. O’Toole Jr. said in a press release. “The skill of the players at this international competition will be tested by the architectural intrigue of St. Louis Country Club. We anticipate, as we always do, a spirited and friendly competition.”
“St. Louis Country Club views the 2014 Curtis Cup Match as a particularly appropriate way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its renowned Charles Blair Macdonald-designed golf course,” said Bill Sedgwick, the 2014 Curtis Cup Match Chairman. “The St. Louis Country Club has a rich history of golf dating back to 1892 that includes U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Amateur championships. We are confident that the golfers, family and friends from Great Britain, Ireland and the United States will enjoy the club as well as the city of St. Louis, a wonderful place with a colorful, rich history.”
Charles Blair Macdonald designed the St. Louis Country Club in 1914. Macdonald also designed the National Golf Links of America, the site of the 2013 Walker Cup.
The St. Louis Country Club has hosted the 1947 U.S. Open, the 1925 and 1972 U.S. Women’s Amateur, and the 1921 and 1960 U.S. Amateur.
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Meanwhile, the R&A announced that the 2016 Curtis Cup will be held at Dun Laoghaire Club in Ireland.
Officials made the announcement after Britain-Ireland beat the United States 10 1/2 to 9 1/2 in the Curtis Cup.
Ireland has staged the biennial women’s amateur team event only once since the Curtis Cup started in 1932. The Killarney Golf and Fishing Club hosted the event in 1996 when Britain-Ireland won for a third straight occasion.
Dun Laoghaire is located on the east coast of Ireland, 7 miles from Dublin.