Captain Catriona Matthew ushers in new era for Curtis Cup
22 Mar 2023
by Royal & Ancient

see also: Curtis Cup, Sunningdale Golf Club

Photo courtesy of the Royal and Ancient
Photo courtesy of the Royal and Ancient

Catriona Matthew, who led Europe to back-to-back Solheim Cup victories, will captain Great Britain and Ireland in the 2024 Curtis Cup at Sunningdale.

Signaling a new era for the GB&I side, the Scot will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role for the match taking place against the USA from Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September 2024.

Matthew was a member of three GB&I Curtis Cup teams in a decorated amateur career. She has been through a full variety of experiences as a player in the losing side in 1990, the winning side in 1992 at Royal Liverpool and again in 1994 when GB&I retained the trophy.

Back Where It All Began
The 1993 Women’s Amateur Champion, who is already involved in amateur golf through her mentoring role at Scottish Golf, is delighted to once again be a part of the Curtis Cup. Matthew, 53, said, “Playing in the Curtis Cup is the pinnacle for young amateur golfers, I was thrilled to make the Great Britain and Ireland team three times as a player and I feel just as privileged to be the captain in 2024.

“As a player I remember the emotions of competing in the Curtis Cup – the excitement of being on a team rather than competing individually, as well as the desire to perform well for your team and the pressure you put on yourself not to let them down. As a captain, it is my job to navigate the players through these situations and to help them believe what is possible.

“Through the Solheim Cup, I have gained experience in building a high-performing and successful team, including bringing together individual athletes from different countries and recognizing whose strengths will combine well to create successful pairings. My goal is to channel all my playing and captaining skills into this Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team to optimize their performance.”

GB&I Evolution
The appointment of Matthew as captain is an evolution of the GB&I team as it targets a first Curtis Cup victory since 2016 at Dun Laoghaire.

Matthew, who won the AIG Women's Open in 2009, demonstrated strong leadership in captaining Europe to Solheim Cup successes in 2019 at Gleneagles and two years later in Ohio – just a second victory on US soil.

Martin Slumbers, CEO of The R&A, said, “We are delighted that Catriona has accepted the captain’s role for the 2024 Curtis Cup. Her reputation for strong leadership and past experience as a player with a winning pedigree make Catriona the perfect captain for the Great Britain and Ireland team.

“The Curtis Cup has long been a prominent event for women's elite amateur golf and Great Britain and Ireland has enjoyed some fantastic wins. We are now seeing the amateur level of the sport evolve into a more competitive era and believe that Catriona is the best-placed captain to guide the team in this period.

“Just like professional golfers, amateurs are now focused on a holistic approach to their game. Catriona will bring her years of professional experience to the Great Britain and Ireland team and help them combine all facets of their game to be in peak form for the Curtis Cup.” The 43rd Curtis Cup match will be played at Sunningdale’s Old Course from Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September 2024.

The leading women’s amateur players from Great Britain and Ireland and the USA will compete at the renowned Berkshire venue as the prestigious biennial match is played there for the first time.

Under the leadership of Matthew, the Great Britain and Ireland team will be looking to bounce back from the 15½-4½ loss to the USA in the previous match, which was played last year at Merion.

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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