2022 Curtis Cup Match: How to watch, match schedule and who’s playing at Merion GC

Team USA celebrates with the Curtis Cup trophy after their win over Team Great Britain and Ireland.
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The 42nd Curtis Cup Match – the biennial women’s amateur competition between golfers from the U.S. vs. players from Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) – kicks off Friday at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Penn., just northwest of downtown Philadelphia.

The eight-player teams, led respectively by USA’s Sarah LeBrun Ingram and England’s Elaine Ratcliffe, will compete in 20 matches over three days, June 10-12, with two sessions each of four-ball and foursomes play and eight singles matches. The winning team must accumulate at least 101⁄2 points to win the Cup. The Americans have won the last two matches, in 2021 (postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic) and 2018, and lead the overall series 30-8-3.

Read on for the full competition schedule, details on the tournament format, plus a few fast facts about 2022 Curtis Cup Match.

How to watch the 2022 Curtis Cup Match

NBC Sports will have 17 hours of live coverage of the 42nd Curtis Cup Match on Golf Channel and Peacock beginning Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12 (all times EDT). On Friday and Saturday, the Curtis Cup will feature three morning four-ball matches and three afternoon foursomes (alternate-shot) matches. Sunday will feature eight singles matches. All matches will be 18 holes; all times local/ET (times subject to change).

Thursday, June 9 Opening ceremony Golf Channel 6:05-7 p.m.
Friday, June 10 Four-ball matches Golf Channel 9 a.m.-noon
Friday, June 10 Foursomes Peacock 2-5 p.m.
Saturday, June 11 Four-ball matches Peacock 10-11 a.m.
Saturday, June 11 Four-ball matches Golf Channel 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, June 11 Foursomes Peacock 4-5 p.m.
Saturday, June 11 Foursomes Golf Channel 5-7 p.m.
Sunday, June 12 Singles matches Peacock 2-5 p.m.
Sunday, June 12 Singles matches Golf Channel 5-7 p.m.

What is the format and scoring for the 2022 Curtis Cup Match?

The Curtis Cup Match uses the match-play format throughout the tournament, which consists of 20 matches over three days. The winning team must accumulate at least 10 1⁄2 points to win the Cup. The Curtis Cup includes six foursomes matches, six four-ball matches and eight singles matches. All matches are worth one point each, with ties resulting in 1⁄2 point to each team. If the two teams are deadlocked at the end of singles play the Cup will be retained by the holder, in this case the U.S.

MATCH PLAY: Match play is a form of golf competition where a player (or players) plays directly against an opponent (or opponents) in a head-to-head match. A hole is won by completing it in the fewest number of strokes, and a match is won when when one side is winning by more holes than remain to be played. You (or your opponent) may concede a stroke, a hole, or even the match to each other. If your next stroke has been conceded, you are permitted to putt out, unless this will help your partner (for example, by showing them the line for their putt). In match play, players are not required to keep a scorecard – scorecards are only required in stroke play.

FOURSOMES: Foursomes is a match in which two players compete against two other players in an alternate-shot format, with each side playing just one ball. The players take turns hitting the tee shots, with one player hitting them on the odd-numbered holes, the other on the even-numbered holes.

FOUR-BALL: In a match-play competition, a four-ball consists of two teams of two players competing directly against each other. All four golfers play their own balls throughout the round (rather than alternating shots); each hole is won by the team whose member has the lowest score.

SCORING: A victory in each match scores one point. In the event a match goes 18 holes without a winner, a half-point is awarded to each team. The team that scores the most points wins the Curtis Cup Match trophy. In the event of a tie, the team that won the previous match retains the Curtis Cup.

Who is playing in the 2022 Curtis Cup Match?

TEAM USA: The U.S. team comprises three Curtis Cup rookies and five returning players from the 2021 winning team. Sarah LeBrun Ingram, who captained the victorious 2021 squad, returns to lead the U.S. team at Merion. As a player, Ingram competed in three Curtis Cup Matches in 1992, 1994, and 1996, posting a 2-4-1 record.

U.S. roster (name, age, hometown, match record, World Amateur Golf Ranking):

  • Amari Avery, 18, Riverside, Calif., rookie, WAGR No. 15
  • Jensen Castle, 21, West Columbia, S.C.; overall record: 1-1-2; WAGR No. 55
  • Megha Ganne, 18, Holmdel, N.J., rookie; WAGR No. 17
  • Rachel Heck, 20, Memphis, Tenn.; overall record: 2-2-1; WAGR No. 4
  • Rachel Kuehn, 20, Asheville, N.C.; overall record: 3-1-0; WAGR No. 11
  • Emilia Migliaccio, 23, Cary, N.C.; overall record: 2-2-0; WAGR No. 19
  • Latanna Stone, 20, Riverview, Fla., rookie; WAGR No. 42
  • Rose Zhang, 19, Irvine, Calif.; overall record: 4-0-1, WAGR No. 1

TEAM GB&I: Great Britain and Ireland brings a veteran team to Merion, with six returning players and two Curtis Cup rookies. England’s Elaine Ratcliffe, who captained the 2021 squad, is returning to lead the GB&I team. As a player, Ratcliffe competed in two Curtis Cup Matches, in 1996 and 1998, posting a 3-1-2 record.

GB&I roster (name, age, hometown, match record, World Amateur Golf Ranking):

  • Hannah Darling, 18, Broomieknowe, Scotland; overall record: 2-1-2; WAGR No. 14
  • Louise Duncan, 22, West Kilbride, Scotland; overall record: 0-3-1; WAGR No. 48
  • Annabell Fuller, 19, Roehampton, England; overall record: 3-5-0 (two teams); WAGR No. 44
  • Charlotte Heath, 20, Huddersfield, England; overall record: 1-2-0; WAGR No. 59
  • Caley McGinty, 21, Knowle, England; overall record: 3-1-1; WAGR No. 10
  • Emily Price, 22, Ludlow, England, rookie; WAGR No. 76
  • Lauren Walsh, 21, Castlewarden, Ireland; overall record: 1-2-0; WAGR No. 46
  • Amelia Williamson, 21, Sheringham, England, rookie; WAGR No. 47

Refresher: Team U.S. extends series lead with victory at 2021 Curtis Cup Match

After being postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, the 41st Curtis Cup Match was held Aug. 26-28, 2021, at Conwy Golf Club in Conwy, Wales. The U.S. rallied from a three-point deficit after the first day to defeat Team GB&I, 12 1⁄2 to 7 1⁄2. GB&I opened strong, leading 4 1⁄2 to 1 1⁄2 after the first day of play, but the U.S. mounted a comeback on the second day to tie the match at six points apiece heading into Sunday’s singles matches.

The Americans dominated on the final day, winning six of the eight singles matches to secure their first Curtis Cup win on foreign soil since 2008, when they won at the Old Course at St. Andrews. The winning point was recorded by Wake Forest standout Rachel Kuehn, whose mother Brenda Corrie Kuehn achieved the same distinction in the 1998 Curtis Cup Match at The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minn.

Officially named “The Women’s International Cup,” the trophy for the Curtis Cup Match was officially presented in 1932 by Harriot and Margaret Curtis, sisters who won the U.S. Women’s Amateur four times between them. The cup, a silver bowl of Paul Revere design, is inscribed: “To stimulate friendly rivalry among the women golfers of many lands.” The cup was first presented in 1927 to give momentum to the competition, but play didn’t begin until 1932, largely because of financial reasons.

After this year, the Curtis Cup will return to a biennial schedule, with the 43rd Curtis Cup scheduled for 2024 at Sunningdale Golf Club in England.

The NBC golf research team contributed to this report.

Kaillie Humphries elevates another fresh U.S. face to podium status in two-woman bobsled World Cup

Kaillie Humphries of USA, Kaysha Love of USA in action at the 2 women's bobsleigh during Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
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PARK CITY, UTAH – Kaillie Humphries extended her podium streak on Saturday at the IBSF World Cup, where she and U.S. push athlete Jasmine Jones finished third in the two-woman bobsled.

The third-place finish in Park City marked the sixth podium for Humphries at the Park City track, which hosted the 2002 Olympics, and was Jones’ career-first World Cup podium in just her second World Cup start.

“This is our first race together, so really excited about that,” said the 37-year-old Humphries, considered the greatest female driver in history with three Olympic gold medals (2010, 2014 and 2022) and five world championships titles. She earned her 29th career World Cup win on Friday in Park City in the women’s monobob.

“Definitely a work in progress. … The runs weren’t perfect, but I’m really happy with our starts, happy with our drives minus a few little mistakes. It’s a good starting point, and we’ll look to grow from here.”

Humphries and Jones finished with a combined, two-run time of 1:37.69, 0.32 behind winners Kim Kalicki and brakewoman Leonie Fiebig of Germany at 1:37.37. Fellow Germans Laura Nolte and Lena Neunecker were second at 0.23 back.

Kalicki and Fiebig broke a 16-year-old track record with their first run, laying down a time of 48.60 seconds and besting the time set by Americans Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming – the 2006 Olympic silver medalists – in December 2006 (48.73). It also marked the second straight victory for Kalicki, who’s won five career World Cup titles including last week’s two-woman bobsled race in Whistler, Canada.

“I was hoping Kaillie would get [the record],” said Rohbock, who is now a U.S. team coach and was on hand to see her record fall. “That first run there, she had that little skid in the bottom, so that didn’t help, but Kailee’s always putting up a great performance. And Jasmine, another great brakewoman, so we’re really lucky that we have that depth.”

For Team USA, it marked the second straight week that a fresh face earned her first podium finish while competing with Humphries. Last week in Whistler, push athlete Emily Renna and Humphries placed third in Renna’s first-ever World Cup appearance.

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“Being able to race with her was really special,” said the 29-year-old Renna, who was a college track athlete at University of Rhode Island. “It’s really nice to be around seasoned veterans. It definitely makes you feel better in the back sled with you when you’ve got a good pilot who knows the track.”

Renna finished in eighth place in Park City with 12-year U.S. team veteran and pilot Nicole Vogt (1:39.04). Vogt partnered with Jones in her first World Cup last week where they finished seventh in Whistler, 1.33 seconds behind winners Kalicki and German teammate Anabel Galander.

“To have an opportunity to be with Kaillie in my World Cup debut – it’s exciting,” said the 26-year-old Jones, who was a collegiate track and field athlete at Eastern Michigan. “I just feel like I have so much more in the tank to give, and I’m just hungry for it.”

Jones is particularly gratified with her performance after returning full-time to bobsled less than 18 months ago following the birth of her daughter, Jade Quinn Jones, in February 2021. The Greensburg, Pa., native returned to training just five months postpartum, having sat out the 2020-21 season. She competed on the North American Cup last year, finishing the season with a win (the third NA Cup title of her career) and a third place in Lake Placid.

“I’m thankful,” said Jones. “Opportunity is the main thing, and I just feel blessed to have my first World Cup podium. I’m screaming on the inside. I may not show it, but I am jumping for joy because I’m just that excited and happy to have this accomplishment.”

She admits, however, it’s not always easy to compete balance a full-time competitive career with being a mom.

“Sometimes it’s a struggle being away from my daughter,” said Jones, whose mom takes care of Jade while she travels. “I try to get my facetimes in every night and just know that when I’m pushing, I’m doing it for her. Hopefully sometime in the future I’ll have her around on the sidelines cheering me on, and that’s my main motivation – that this is for her.”

The BMW IBSF World Cup continues its North American swing Dec. 16-18 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Kaillie Humphries faces IVF journey head on — and collects monobob World Cup win along the way

Gold medallist Kaillie Humphries of Team United States celebrates during the Women's Monobob.
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PARK CITY, UTAH — Kaillie Humphries knew the quest to start a family would impact her 2022-23 season, but it’s certainly not slowing down Team USA’s reigning monobob Olympic gold medalist, who captured her first World Cup title in the discipline on Friday.

The 37-year-old Humphries, considered the greatest female driver in history with three Olympic golds (2010, 2014 and 2022) and five world championships, earned her 29th career World Cup win and her third victory on the Park City track, where she won the two-woman bobsled competitions in 2012 and 2016. Competing in Utah – as well as North American World Cup stops in Whistler last week and in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Dec. 17-18 – is one of the reasons that Humphries pushed pause on her journey to motherhood.

“I’m excited,” Humphries said following the win, marking her second straight podium in monobob following a third-place finish last week in Whistler. “I was excited for this year before it started. It’s part and parcel of why my husband and I delayed the IVF process and starting a family this season. To be able to be back in North America and have the first half of the season here – it’s been a long time since we’ve had that, so I wanted to be able to compete and it feels awesome.”

That’s not to say the leadup to this season has been without its share of hiccups. In fact, Humphries admits that following the Beijing Olympics, she had hoped to get pregnant immediately, but she and husband Travis Armbruster had to pivot when a diagnosis of stage 4 endometriosis made it clear that in vitro fertilization would be the best path for pregnancy.

“Right after the Olympics, I was like, ‘We’re going to get pregnant; it’s gonna be all good,’” she said. “I thought, my body has always performed, and it wasn’t going to be an issue. Fast forward to I find out we have to do IVF. We do the first egg retrieval, and it doesn’t go as well as I had hoped — which anybody that’s done this process knows, you can’t control any aspect of it. And so having to do a second round of egg retrieval, …it pushed everything back.”

What’s more, it brought Humphries’ training to a standstill at times, when she would have to limit all physical activity during the three-week period surrounding the egg-retrieval process.

“It impacted my training coming into this year a lot,” she says, “but I also think it definitely reset my hormones, which turns out I needed. I don’t think was a bad thing. I knew coming into this year, I wasn’t going to be in the same shape as I have been in the past, and I had to make peace with that. I know that each and every race I’m racing myself into shape, and each race is a preparation for January’s World Championships.”

Humphries also chose to share her IVF journey publicly, and she’s documented every step of the way, believing that her story makes it less scary not just for her but also for other women and female athletes who might be facing the same thing.

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“My husband and I weren’t sure that we wanted to share it at first,” she admits. “But I felt it was important just to showcase this. I have nothing to hide. And as much as there are parts of me certain days when I think, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ At the end of the day, I know I’m not alone in this.

“It’s important, I do have a voice, and I want other people to know, as an Olympic gold medalist, if it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody. Infertility exists in the female body, and it’s important that I talk about it in my journey and hopefully that’s inspired other people.”

She says she’s received an outpouring of support, which has been particularly gratifying as she continues to put a painful breakup with Team Canada in the rearview mirror. Humphries, who was born in Calgary, competed for Canada for 16 years, winning three Olympic medals including a bronze in Pyeongchang in 2018. But the relationship came to an abrupt end later just five months after the 2018 Games, after Humphries alleged emotional and mental harassment by a former coach.

Winning a gold medal in Beijing just two months after her U.S. citizenship was finalized proved to be turning point for Humphries, who commemorated the milestone with two new tattoos. She first added the date of her win – Feb. 14, 2022 – to the back of her left hand and a larger rose and skull illustration to the back of her right knee and calf, all of which commemorate her triumph over that darker period.

“The skull represents a rebirth and a growth, overcoming challenges and/or obstacles and turning something negative into something positive,” explains Humphries, who says she chose the rose because it’s the national flower of the U.S. as well as a symbol of love won or lost. She notes that she has “an actual Olympic one” planned for August 2024, which is when her favorite tattoo artist is next available.

Humphries has also found the silver lining in her IVF journey, as the competition season has been a welcome break from some of the self-imposed pressure.

“By pushing pause for four or five months and competing, it allowed me mentally to know that we can go into all of next summer and all winter focusing on just doing the actual embryo transfers and having a good pregnancy,” she says. “I don’t feel stressed to try and get pregnant right away. I felt like I was becoming competitive with myself, wondering why isn’t this working? Why can’t I do this? I tried to control too many things, and I started to get really frustrated. Mentally, it was hard. So, by pushing pause, going back to what I know — which is the sport, which is what I love – it’s allowed me to control a little bit of my future.”

Humphries’ season continues Saturday as the IBSF World Cup from Park City concludes with the two-woman bobsleigh.