Budke Named US Captain for 2002 Curtis Cup


Dr. Mary Budke of Eugene, Ore., winner of the 1972 U.S. Women's Amateur championship and a member of the 1974 U.S. Curtis Cup team, has been named captain of the 2002 United States team. The upcoming Curtis Cup match will be played Aug. 3-4 at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.
In this biennial match, Budke will lead a team of eight women amateur golfers against a squad from Great Britain and Ireland. The match began in 1932.
Judy Oliver of Sewickley, Pa., who played on the U.S. team in 1978, 1980 and 1982, was named honorary captain. Oliver also was captain of the 1992 U.S. team that played at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.
Budke, 45, compiled a 2-1 overall record at the 1974 match, which was won by the U.S., 13-5, at San Francisco (Calif.) Golf Club. She also played on the victorious U.S. team at the 1972 World Amateur team championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Budke, who is a medical doctor at Eugene Hospital and is a competitive distance runner, won the 1972 Women's Amateur at at age 18. On the path to her title, she defeated former Curtis Cup players Lancy Smith, Phyllis Preuss and Barbara White Boddie.
The Curtis Cup features three foursomes (alternate shot of partners) and six singles matches each day, with each match worth one point toward the team score. Each team gets a half point for a tied match after 18 holes.
The match is conducted every two years, alternately in the United States and Great Britain and Ireland. The Cup is named in honor of Harriot and Margaret Curtis, sisters who won the U.S. Women's Amateur four times between them.
The United States leads the series 22-6-3, and has won the last two meetings.
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