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.

Justine Wong-Orantes’ atypical path to becoming one of the best liberos in the world

Justine Wong-Orantes hits the ball in the women's semi-final volleyball match between USA and Serbia during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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It’s been 20 years since the same nation held both the Olympic and world volleyball titles at the same time, but libero Justine Wong-Orantes is looking to help lead Team USA accomplish that very feat at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships in the Netherlands and Poland. Competition began on Friday and the U.S. is currently 2-0 after group play wins against Kazakhstan and Canada.

“We’re trying to win, for sure,” Wong-Orantes told On Her Turf. “I think, especially with the new turn of the program and the new year of the quad, we just have a really nice blend of veterans and also newcomers on the team.”

The 14-woman roster for Team USA, which is ranked No. 1 in the world and won its first Olympic title last summer, features six players from that gold-medal-winning team. And while Wong-Orantes is among the 2021 U.S. Olympic team veterans, she’s still a relative newcomer to international play.

The Southern California native enjoyed a notable junior career – she was 12 when she became the youngest female to ever earn an AAA rating in beach volleyball – and was a standout collegian at Nebraska, where she was a member of the 2015 NCAA championship team. But Wong-Orantes followed a different path upon graduation, initially choosing not to go overseas to play professionally.

While she was first selected for the U.S. national team in 2016 and played a handful of international tournaments in the following years, it wasn’t until she started playing professionally in Germany in 2019 that she saw the potential to elevate her position on the roster. In particular, the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics gave her an additional year of overseas experience, which she calls “a blessing in disguise.”

“I just felt like I was still in that developmental stage,” she said. “And a whole year postponement allowed me to go overseas and really get all the touches, all the repetitions, and just kind of expose myself to international volleyball another year. So I was, in hindsight, pretty thankful for that COVID season because I got an extra year under my belt, and I think that just gave me a ton of confidence.”

Ahead of the Olympics, Wong-Orantes earned “best libero” honors at the 2021 FIVB Volleyball National League in Rimini, Italy, which helped secure her spot on the Olympic roster. In Tokyo, she followed up with another standout performance and was named best libero of the Olympic tournament.

As to how the Wong-Orantes transformed into one of the world’s top liberos, she points to her background as a beach volleyball player. She began competing at age 8, and her first partner was Sara Hughes, a star on the AVP Pro Tour who also won two NCAA titles with USC.

“I think having that background and just the court awareness that beach volleyball forces you to have allowed me to really have a good read on the game,” said Wong-Orantes. “I think that’s what makes a great libero is just reading and always being reactive towards the ball.”

Wong-Orantes also credits the assistance of mental coach Sue Enquist, a former UCLA softball coach and U.S. national team coach, who now helps teams work on their culture and relationships. Enquist began working with the U.S. volleyball team during the pandemic and has continued in her role ever since.

“We just worked on a lot of stuff within ourselves, within our program, how to communicate with each other off the court, and I think that honestly propelled us into such a high, high level with how we worked with each other, and then that transferred onto the court,” explained Wong-Orantes, who noted the team has Enquist on speed dial while at the World Championship. “I really commend Sue. I just really give a lot of praise to her because I think our culture was never bad, but I think [she] just transformed into a different level.”

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ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS – Justine Wong-Orantes (far right) poses for a photo with her U.S. teammates after defeating Canada at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship on September 26, 2022. (Photo by Rene Nijhuis/Orange Pictures/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Wong-Orantes said she and her U.S. teammates are on their toes for the world championships, which features twice as many teams (24) as the Olympics and a “more grueling” format.

“It’s going to be a long tournament, and I think we’re really going to need all 14 of us that are here. I’m pretty certain that, at any given moment, someone’s going to be called on and someone’s going to need to step up in big moments.”

2022 Ascendant LPGA: How to watch, who’s playing in Texas’s annual signature event

Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand hits her second shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
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The LPGA make its annual stop in The Colony, Texas, this week for the 10th edition of the Ascendant LPGA benefiting Volunteers of America, where Thailand’s 19-year-old rookie Atthaya Thitikul comes in hot off her second career win and second playoff victory this season at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

Leading the 132-player field at Old American Golf Club, located at Golf Clubs at The Tribute, are Texas residents and past champions Cheyenne Knight and Angela Stanford. They’ll compete for the $1.7 million prize purse alongside major champions Nelly KordaLydia Ko and Brooke Henderson. Last year’s Ascendant LPGA champion, world No. 1 Jin Young Ko, will not be defending her title after announcing earlier this month she would be missing several weeks due to a nagging wrist injury.

This past weekend in Arkansas, Thitikul took the lead with a 10-under 61 in the second round and shot 68 in the final round to finish regulation tied with Danielle Kang at 17-under 196. Thitikul, who won the JTBC Classic in March in a two-hole playoff vs. Nanna Koerstz Madsen, drained an 8-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to secure the win over Kang.

How to watch the 2022 Ascendant LPGA 

Coverage of the 2022 Ascendant LPGA from Old American Golf Club in The Colony, Texas, can be found on Golf Channel, with streaming options available any time on any mobile device and online through NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

  • Thursday, Sept. 29: 12:30-3:30 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Friday, Sept. 30: 12:30-3:30 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Saturday, Oct. 1: 1-4 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Sunday, Oct. 2: 1-4 p.m. ET, Golf Channel

Who’s playing in the 2022 Ascendant LPGA

Six of the top 10 players in the Rolex World Rankings are among the field in Texas, including:

  • No. 2 Nelly Korda
  • No. 4 Lydia Ko
  • No. 5 Atthaya Thitikul
  • No. 6 Brooke Henderson
  • No. 7 Lexi Thompson
  • No. 10 Nasa Hataoka

A number of local Texans also are in the tournament, headlined by past champions, Angela Stanford (2020) and Cheyenne Knight (2019), and two junior champions of the Volunteers of America Classic Girls Championship, who are playing on a sponsor exemption: Yunxuan (Michelle) Zhang (2022), a freshman at SMU, and Avery Zweig (2021), a high school sophomore from McKinney, Texas.

Past five champions of The Ascendant LPGA

2021 Jin Young Ko (South Korea) 16-under 268 1 stroke Matilda Castren
2020 Angela Stanford (USA) 7-under 277 2 strokes So Yeon Ryu, Inbee Park, Yealimi Noh
2019 Cheyenne Knight (USA) 18-under 266 2 strokes Brittany Altomare, Jaye Marie Green
2018 Sung Hyun Park (South Korea) 11-under 131 1 stroke Lindy Duncan
2017 Haru Nomura (Japan) 3-under 281 Playoff Christie Kerr

Last time at The Ascendant LPGA

South Korea’s Jin Young Ko carded a final-round 69 to maintain her 54-hole lead at Old American Golf Club and held on for a one stroke win at the 2021 Volunteers of America Classic, her eighth career LPGA tour title. Ko finished regulation at 16-under 268, edging Finland’s Matilda Castren by one stroke.

It kicked off a five-win season for Ko, who had just lost her No. 1 ranking to Nelly Korda the week prior after holding the top spot for 100 straight weeks. She regained the No. 1 ranking back in October 2021, after earning her fourth win in seven starts at the BMW Ladies Championship.

More about Old American Golf Club

Opened in 2010, the Old American Golf Club is one of two clubs at The Tribute, a lakefront resort community on Lewisville Lake in The Colony, Texas. Designed by Tripp Davis and 12-time PGA Tour winner Justin Leonard, Old American plays as a Par 71 and stretches to 6,475 yards on the tournament scorecard.