CURTIS CUP PAST PLAYERS REUNION TAKES PLACE IN R&A CLUBHOUSE
The Curtis Cup stars of yesteryear have arrived in St Andrews for a grand reunion with team-mates and opponents from the past at this year’s staging of the biennial transatlantic match between Great Britain & Ireland and the United States over the Old Course from May 30 to June 1.
Many great names from the past attended the Past Curtis Cup Players’ Dinner. The guest list included those who are not taking part in the Past Players’ Match, including Phyllis Wylie, at 97 the oldest surviving Curtis Cup player from either side of the Atlantic. Her 98th birthday is in September. Phyllis lives in Troon. It was as Phyllis Wade, the English champion of 1934, that she played for GB&I in the fourth Curtis Cup match – at Essex Golf Club, Manchester, Massachusetts in 1938 when transatlantic crossings were made by boat and took rather longer than today.
Past Team Members attending the 2008 Curtis Cup include;
Meriam Bailey Leeke, Ann Howard, Diane Bailey MBE, Ann Irvin, Sally Barber, Bridget Jackson MBE, Barbara Barrow, Martha Kirouac, Linda Bayman, Anne Laing, Judy Bell, Martha Lang, Pamela Benka, Joan Lawrence MBE, Jeanne Bisgood, Wilma Leburn, Elizabeth Boatman OBE, Maureen Madill, Angela Bonallack, Barbara McIntire, Jane Booth, Beverley New, Kellee Booth, Susie O’Brien, Mary Budke, Julie Otto, Ita Butler, Margaret Pickard, Suzanne Cadden, Phyllis Preuss, Carole Caldwell, Elaine Ratcliffe, Jane Connachan, Maureen Richmond, Claire Coughlan, Belle Robertson, Patricia Cornett, Anne Sander , Carolyn Cudone, Vivien Saunders, Alison Davidson, Anne Smith, Tara Delaney, Gillian Stewart, Elaine Farquharson-Black, Leslie Shannon Stewart, Mary Everard, Vicki Thomas, Maureen Garrett, Jill Thornhill, Carol Gibbs, Janette Wright, Mary Hafeman, Phyllis Wylie