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Quaker Ridge Golf Club to Host 2018 Curtis Cup Match
The United States Golf Association has selected Quaker Ridge Golf Club, in Scarsdale, N.Y., as the host site of the 2018 Curtis Cup Match on June 8-10.
This will be the second USGA championship at Quaker Ridge Golf Club. The club held the 1997 Walker Cup, won by the USA team over a GB&I squad that included a future U.S. Open champion in 17-year-old Justin Rose. The USA, captained by A. Downing Gray Jr., regained the Cup by an 18-6 margin, after losing it two years prior at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club in Wales.
"The USGA is excited to return to Quaker Ridge Golf Club for this celebration of women's amateur golf," said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee. "Quaker Ridge provided a stern and fair test for the 1997 Walker Cup competitors, and we are confident that it will do the same for these elite female amateurs in four years, when the Match is contested for the 40th time."
Quaker Ridge will become just the third American club to host both the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup, joining The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis (1957 Walker Cup, 1998 Curtis Cup) and Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. (1954 Curtis Cup, 2009 Walker Cup).
"We are honored that the USGA has selected Quaker Ridge Golf Club to host the 2018 Curtis Cup match," said Marc Friedman, Quaker Ridge club president. "We are thrilled that outstanding amateur golfers from the United States and Great Britain and Ireland will be competing on the Quaker Ridge course in another historic match. Our members and staff look forward to providing a true test of golf for the players, and a wonderful viewing experience for the spectators."
Quaker Ridge was founded in 1915 as Metropolitan Golf Links and featured a nine-hole course designed by John Duncan Dunn. In 1916, its name was changed to Quaker Ridge Golf Club as renowned architect A.W. Tillinghast was commissioned to redesign seven holes and create 11 new holes. The course opened in its current configuration in 1918; subsequent renovations were overseen by Robert Trent Jones (1965), Rees Jones (1993) and Gil Hanse (2009-12).
Quaker Ridge has a long history of hosting top-flight competition, both professional and amateur. It has hosted three Metropolitan Opens, including in 1936 when it was won by five-time major champion Byron Nelson. It has also hosted four Metropolitan Amateurs and four Metropolitan PGA Championships.
The 2018 Curtis Cup will be the 71st USGA championship conducted in the state of New York. On August 4-10, 2014, Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove will host the U.S. Women's Amateur. Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck will be the site of the second U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2016.
The Curtis Cup is a biennial competition contested by female amateur golfers on teams representing the United States and Great Britain and Ireland, which alternate as hosts. The teams consist of not more than eight players and a captain.
The United States leads the all-time Curtis Cup series with a record of 28-7-3. The United States won the 2014 match, which was conducted in June at St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club, by a 13-7 margin.
The 2016 Curtis Cup match will be held June 10-12 at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, near Dublin, Ireland.
The above report is courtesy of the USGA. For more information, visit www.usga.org.