Former Curtis Cup Captain Oliver Dies


Judy Oliver, 54, a three-time U.S. Curtis Cup player and captain of the 1992 U.S. team, died of cancer Tuesday in Sewickley, Pa. Oliver, who was also the honorary captain of the 2002 U.S. Curtis Cup team, had been a member of the Womens Committee of the United States Golf Association since 1984.
My lasting memory of Judy will be her broad smile and her happy demeanor during the 2002 Curtis Cup match,' said Cora Jane Blanchard, chairman of the USGA Womens Committee. I am so glad she was there to enjoy the match.
For Oliver, just making her last public appearance at the Curtis Cup match in August was a study in courage. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in September 2001 and had been undergoing treatment since. Five days before the match began, she was a patient at Allegheny General Hospital undergoing treatment, but rallied to march into the opening ceremonies with the U.S. team at Fox Chapel Golf Club, her home course, in Pittsburgh.
Oliver served as honorary captain of the U.S. team, the first ever. It was the last of a long list of her credits in the game. After graduating from Briarcliff College in 1970, she won five Western Pennsylvania womens championships, the last in July 2001 when she defeated her old friend and rival, Carol Semple Thompson, by holing a wedge shot on the 20th hole.
Oliver won the 1973 Broadmoor Ladies Invitation and the 1975 Eastern Womens Amateur. She was runner-up in the 1978 United States Womens Amateur and low amateur in the 1980 United States Womens Open. She played on the U.S. Curtis Cup team in 1978, 1980 and 1982. She was also a member of the U.S. Womens World Amateur team in 1978.
Judy Oliver is survived by her children, Becky and David, of Sewickley; her brother Robert S.Johnson, of Wilmette, Ill.; and her sister Jeanne Thompson, of Philadelphia. A memorial service is scheduled for Sept. 13 in Sewickley.