SOLHEIM, WALKER & CURTIS CUPS


SOLHEIM CUP

The Solheim Cup is a biennial golf tournament for professional women

 golfers contested by teams representing Europe and the United States. It

 is named for the Norwegian-American golf club manufacturer Karsten

 Solheim, who was a driving force behind its creation.

The inaugural Cup was held in 1990, and the event was staged in even

 number years until 2002, alternating years with the Ryder Cup (the

equivalent men's event between the USA and Europe). As part of the

 general reshuffling of team golf events consequent to the one-year

 postponement of the 2001 Ryder Cup due to 9/11, the Solheim Cup

 switched to odd numbered years from 2003.

The US team is selected by a points system, with American players on the

 LPGA Tour receiving points for each top-twenty finish on tour. For the

European team, up to 2005, only seven players were selected on a

 points system based on results on the Ladies European Tour. This allows

 top European players who compete mainly on the LPGA Tour to be

 selected to ensure that the European team is competitive. From 2007,

 only the top five players from the LET will qualify and another four will be

 selected on the basis of the Women's World Golf Rankings. This reflects

 the increasing dominance of the LPGA Tour, where almost all top

 European players spend most of their time. In addition, each team has a

 number of "captain's picks", players chosen at the discretion of the team

 captains, regardless of their point standings, though in practice the

 captain's picks are often the next ranking players.

Team captains are typically recently-retired professional golfers with

 Solheim Cup playing experience, chosen for their experience playing on

 previous Cup teams and for their ability to lead a team.


1992

DALMAHOY, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

Flag used at the 1992 Solheim Cup

Presentation set of Ping Golf balls given to the players at the 1992

 Solheim Cup at Dalmahoy. Each ball bears the names of the players.

This is the European Team. Presented to European player Dale Reid.

Presentation set of Ping Golf balls given to the players at the 1992

 Solheim Cup at Dalmahoy. Each ball bears the names of the players.

This is the USA Team. Presented to European player Dale Reid.


1996

ST PIERRE GOLF CLUB, CHEPSTOW, WALES

Bag used during by Dale REID during the 1996 Solheim Cup


1998

MUIRFIELD VILLAGE, DUBLIN, OHIO

Polo neck worn by Juli INKSTER during the 1998 Solheim Cup (signed)


2000

LOCH LOMOND, SCOTLAND

Flag used at the 2000 Solheim Cup. After Carin Koch holed the winning

 the putt, this flag was removed, from the flagstick, signed by the

 European Team and presented to Team Captain Dale Reid. Signed

 byHelen Alfredsson, Raquel Carriedo, Laura Davies, Sophie Gustafson,

 Trish Johnson, Carin Koch, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, Janice Moodie,

 Liselotte Neumann, Alison Nicholas, Catrin Nilsmark & Annika Sörenstam.

Also signed by Dale Reid

Shirt worn by Alison NICHOLAS during the 2000 Solheim Cup


2002

INTERLACHENCOUNTRY CLUB, EDINA, MINNESOTA

Flag used at the 2002 Solheim Cup.

Jersey worn by Juli INKSTER during the 2002 Solheim Cup

European Team Captain, Dale Reid's locker plate from the

2002 Solheim Cup at Interlachen

Official Programmes from the 2002 Solheim Cup signed by the

European and American teams


2003

BARSEDBACK, SKANE, SWEDEN

European Team Jersey issued for the 2003 Solheim Cup - player unknown


2005

CROOKED STICK, CARMEL, INDIANA

Flag used at the 2005 Solheim Cup


2009

RICH HARVEST FARMS, ILLINOIS

European Team Jersey issued for the 2003 Solheim Cup

worn by Catriona MATTHEW

Official Replica Flag from the 2009 Solheim Cup signed by the European

 Team Alison Nicholas (Captain), Liselotte Neumann (Assistant Captain),

 Joanne Morley (Assistant Captain), Helen Alfredsson, Becky Brewerton, Laura

 Davies, Tania Elosegui, Sophie Gustafson, Maria Hjorth, Diana Luna, Catriona

 Matthew, Janice Moodie, Gwladys Nocera, Anna Nordqvist & Suzann

 Pettersen,


2011

KILLEEN CASTLE, IRELAND

Official Postage Stamp and First Day Cover issued by the Irish Post Office

 to commemorate the 2011 Solheim Cup matches at Killeen Castle Golf

 Club


WALKER CUP


The Walker Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in odd numbered

 years between teams comprising the leading amateur golfers of the

 United States and Great Britain and Ireland (in modern political terms the

 United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland). The event, officially called

 the Walker Cup Match (not "Matches", unlike the professional Ryder Cup

 Matches), is co-organised by the R&A and the United States Golf

 Association, and is named in honour of George Herbert Walker

 (grandfather and namesake of the former President of the United States

 George H. W. Bush and great-grandfather of former President George W.

 Bush), who was president of the USGA in 1920 when the series was

 initiated. There was an unofficial event in 1921 at Royal Liverpool and

 annual events to 1924. From that time on it became a biennial event,

 and after World War Two it switched to odd numbered years. It is played

 alternately on either side of the Atlantic. Half points for matches finishing

 even were awarded for the first time in 1971.

The Match employs a combination of foursomes (alternate-shot) and

 singles competition and was originally the format used for the

 professional equivalent Ryder Cup, which also began as a competition

 between the U.S. and the United Kingdom; unlike the Ryder Cup, the

 Walker Cup has never been expanded to make all European amateur

 golfers eligible to compete.


1989

PEACHTREE GOLF CLUB, ATLANTA, GEORGIA


Bag used during by Peter McEVOY during the 1989 Walker Cup


1991

PORTMARNOCK GOLF CLUB, IRELAND

Official Postage Stamp and First Day Cover issued by the Irish Post Office

 to commemorate the 1991 Walker Cup  at Portmarnock Golf Club


1993

INTERLACHEN COUNTRY CLUB, EDINA, MINNESOTA

Official United States Team Blazer worn during the 1993 Walker Cup by

  Todd Dempsey

Official United States Team Rain Jacket worn during the 1993 Walker Cup by

  Todd Dempsey


1999

NAIRN GOLF CLUB, SCOTLAND

United States official team hat


2003

GANTON GOLF CLUB, ENGLAND

Oliver WILSON’s Caddie’s Bib from the 2003 Walker Cup

Glove worn by Oliver WILSON during his singles match against Bill HAAS

 at the 2003 Walker Cup (signed - also signed by BBC Presenter Steve Ryder)

Matt HENDRIX’s (USA) Caddie’s Bib from the 2003 Walker Cup

Caddie’s Hat from the 2003 Walker Cup


2011

ROYAL ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

Great Britain and Ireland personal Team Issue logo golf ball

for the 2011 Walker Cup, used by Michael STEWART


2015

ROYAL LYTHAM & ST ANNES, ENGLAND

16th hole Flag used at the 2015 Walker Cup

Lee McCOY’s (USA) Caddie’s Bib from the 2015 Walker Cup

Great Britain & Ireland Caddie’s Bib from the 2015 Walker Cup

Great Britain & Ireland official team hat worn by Jimmy MULLEN during the

 Sunday singles match

Great Britain and Ireland personal Team Issue logo golf ball for the 2015

 Walker Cup, used by Jimmy MULLEN during the  Sunday singles match

Golf ball used and signed by Jimmy MULLEN  - GB & I Team

Official Walker Cup programme signed by the United States Team


UNKNOWN YEAR

United States official team jersey - player unknown

United States team badge


CURTIS CUP

The first Curtis Cup Match was played in 1932 at the Wentworth Club in

 England, and was won by the American team. The trophy, a silver bowl

 of Paul Revere design, was donated by Harriot Curtis (who had won the

 United States Women's Amateur Golf Championship in 1906) and her

 sister Margaret (who had won it in 1907, 1911, and 1912). The Curtis sisters

 had competed in the 1905 British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship,

 where an informal match had occurred between teams of American

 and British golfers, and they wanted to promote the international

 friendships in the world of women's golf. The cup is inscribed, "To stimulate

 friendly rivalry among the women golfers of many lands."

Discussions between various golf associations had been underway since

 1924—the Curtis sisters had originally donated the trophy in 1927 to help

 these discussions along—but it was not until 1931 that the USGA and LGU

 agreed to co-sponsor the event. It was hoped that the French Golf

 Union would eventually participate, but that never occurred.

The Curtis Cup Match is played every two years in even numbered years,

 alternating between the two sides of the Atlantic. Each team consists of

 eight golfers. In 2004, then fourteen year old Michelle Wie played for the

 U.S. becoming the youngest player in Curtis Cup history.


1978

THE MINIKAHADA CLUB, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

Official British and Irish Team Blazer worn during the 1978 Curtis Cup by

 Muriel THOMPSON

Muriel Thompson wearing blazer second from right in team photograph

Muriel THOMSON’s Caddie’s Bib from the 1978 Curtis Cup

Muriel THOMSON’s personal Programme from the 1978 Curtis Cup

Signed by both teams


1992

ROYAL LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND

Celebration Dinner menu from the 1992 Curtis Cup signed by 17 of the players.

GB Team: Elizabeth Boatman (captain), Vicki Thomas, Julie Hall, Joanne

 Morley, Catriona Lambert, Elaine Farquharson, Caroline Hall, Nicola

Buxton & Claire Hourihane

USA Team: Judy Oliver (captain), Leslie Shannon, Martha Lang, Tracy

 Hanson, Robin E. Weiss, Sarah Le Brun Ingram, Amy Fruhwirth & Vicki

 Goetze


1994

THE HONORS COURSE, CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

Official British and Irish Team Blazer worn during the 1994 Curtis Cup by

Catriona MATTHEW


1998

THE MINIKAHADA CLUB, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

Bag used by Carol SEMPLE-THOMPSON during the 1998 Curtis Cup

Headcovers used  by Carole SEMPLE-THOMPSON during the 1998 Curtis Cup

Hat worn by Carol SEMPLE-THOMPSON during the 1998 Curtis Cup (signed)


2000

GANTON GOLF CLUB, YORKSHIRE

USA Caddie’s Bib from the 2000 Curtis Cup


2004

FORMBY GOLF CLUB, MERSEYSIDE

Shirt worn by Shelly McKEVITT during the 2004 Curtis Cup (signed)

Hat worn by Shelly McKEVITT during the 2004 Curtis Cup

GB & I Team badge issued for the 2004 Curtis Cup

USA Team badge issued for the 2004 Curtis Cup


2006

BRANDON DUNES, OREGON

Bag used by Tricia MANGAN during the 2006 Curtis Cup


2008

ST ANDREWS, FIFE

Bag used by Jodi EWART during the 2008 Curtis Cup


2010

ESSEX COUNTRY CLUB, MASSACHUSETTS



Great Britain & Ireland official team shirt - player unknown


2012

NAIRN GOLF CLUB, INVERNESS-SHIRE

CURTIS CUP 2012 replica flag signed by the winning GB & I Team -

  Tegwen Matthews (captain), Amy Boulden, Holly Clyburn, Charley Hull,

 Bronte Law, Leona Maguire, Stephanie Meadow, Pamela Pretswell &

 Kelly Tidy

Personal letter from Captain Tegwen Matthews who kindly donated the

signed flag to the collection

Official Logo Golf ball used by the GB & I Team

Official Logo Golf ball used by the US Team

Golf ball used and signed by Amy ANDERSON - US Team

Golf ball used and signed by Amy BOULDEN - GB & I Team

Golf ball used and signed by Charley HULL - GB & I Team

Golf ball used and signed by Pamela PRETSWELL - GB & I Team

Golf ball used and signed by Kelly TIDY - GB & I Team

All balls used during the Fourballs in the Friday afternoon session

Official Tee used by the GB & I Team