Ingram to return as USA Curtis Cup Captain in 2022
30 Aug 2021
by United States Golf Association

see also: Curtis Cup, Sunningdale Golf Club

Courtesy of USGA
Courtesy of USGA

Sarah LeBrun Ingram, of Nashville, Tenn., will return as captain of the USA Team for the 2022 Curtis Cup Match at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., June 10-12. A three-time champion of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, Ingram was a member of the 1992, 1994 and 1996 USA Curtis Cup Teams, where she held a 2-1 record in singles matches.

Ingram recently captained the USA Team to a come-from-behind victory in the 41st Curtis Cup Match, which wrapped up Saturday at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. For the first time since 2008, the United States team won on opposing soil, earning a 12.5-7.5 win despite trailing by three points after the first day of play.

"Last week was a highlight of my career, being able to captain a team of such talented and wonderful young ladies, who are certainly the future of the game,” said Ingram. “It is an honor and dream to be asked by the USGA to captain the 2022 team. As we bring the Cup back to the United States, I’m already looking forward to next year’s Match at Merion, a place I treasure and one that will surely test both teams.”

The 42nd Curtis Cup Match comes just over nine months after the 41st playing, due to the postponement of the 2020 playing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The R&A recently announced that Sunningdale in England will host the 2024 Curtis Cup Match.

“Sarah’s experience and ability to connect with the players made this an easy decision for us, especially due to the unprecedented nature of the current Curtis Cup schedule” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing Director, Championships. “The team thrived under her leadership, and we look forward to having her take the reins at Merion.”

Ingram won the 1991 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur with a 6-and-5 victory over former USGA Executive Committee Member Martha Lang at Desert Highlands Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ingram then won back-to-back titles in 1993 and 1994, defeating Mary Burkhardt, 2 and 1, at Rochester (Minn.) Golf & Country Club and Marla Jemsek, 2 and 1, at Tacoma (Wash.) Country & Golf Club. In addition, Ingram was low amateur in the 1995 U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., and played in two World Amateur Team Championships, including for the victorious USA Team in 1994 at Le Golf National in Versailles, France.

A Duke University graduate, Ingram was a two-time All-American and four-year letter winner for the Blue Devils from 1985 to 1988, and was at one time the top-ranked women's amateur golfer in the world. Ingram is a member of the Duke University Sports Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame. She won the 1986 and 1987 Maryland State Women’s Amateurs, the 1990 Canadian Women’s Amateur, the 1991 Women’s Western Amateur and Tennessee State Championship, the 1992 Broadmoor Women’s Invitational and the 1993 Women’s Southern Amateur.

In 2018, she reached the Round of 16 at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, and earlier this summer qualified for the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open. In April, she captured the title at the inaugural Ladies National Golf Association Senior Championship, winning by six shots. Ingram will compete in the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, which begins on Sept. 10 at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala.

The Curtis Cup Match is a biennial international women’s amateur golf competition between eight-player teams from the United States of America and Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I). It consists of six foursomes (alternate-shot) matches, six four-ball matches and eight singles matches over three days of competition.

Julia Pine, USGA Communications

ABOUT THE Curtis Cup

Officially named "The Women's International Cup," the first Curtis Cup wasn't officially held until 1932. The biennial competition features the best female players from the United States of America pitted against a similar squad from Great Britain and Ireland. While it was hoped that many nations would eventually join the Match, the Curtis Cup has remained a two-sided competition.

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