Live TV coverage of this week’s 41st Curtis Cup is to be made available to Sky Sports subscribers in Great Britain and Ireland and NBC viewers in United States, as well as internationally via The R&A’s free-to-view YouTube and Facebook channels, as well as RandA.org.
Fans will be able to watch all the action from the match which takes place Conwy Golf Club in Wales from August 26-28. along with the commentary team led by Dougie Donnelly, Richard Kauffman, Beth Allen. They will be joined on the course by Sophie Walker and George Harper Jnr.
This continues The R&A’s summer of live golf coverage after the finals of the 118th Women’s Amateur Championship and The 126th Amateur Championship were digitally broadcast for the first time.
Phil Anderton, Chief Development Officer at The R&A said: “Some of the world’s best women amateur golfers will go head to head at Conwy this week in pursuit of the Curtis Cup. We are delighted to open up this prestigious international match to the world through the live TV broadcast.
“This year we have pursued the opportunity to live broadcast our amateur championships with great success. It is important that we continue to expose new audiences to golf in an innovate and modern way to help grow the sport.
“TV broadcasts provide the perfect platform to inspire future generations of golfers who will hope to follow in the footsteps of the young elite amateurs competing this week as they progress to the professional ranks, just as players like Major Champions Georgia Hall, Stacy Lewis and Catriona Matthew have done before them.”
The biennial encounter, originally scheduled for 2020 and postponed due to Covid-19, will be played at Conwy for the first time, with the match last played in Wales in 1980. GB&I will be bidding to win back the historic trophy after a defeat to the United States at Quaker Ridge in 2018. The United States will be looking for a first win on this side of the Atlantic since 2008, when they won 13-7 at St Andrews.
The GB&I team is captained by Elaine Ratcliffe and features Women’s Amateur Champion Louise Duncan who secured a top-ten finish at the AIG Women’s Open last week, R&A Girls’ Amateur Champion Hannah Darling, 2019 Women’s Amateur Champion Emily Toy, Annabell Fuller, Charlotte Heath, Caley McGinty, Lauren Walsh and Annabel Wilson.
The USA team is captained by Sarah Ingram and features World Amateur Golf Ranking Number 1 and 2 Rose Zhang and Rachel Heck, as well as Alllisen Corpuz, Jensen Castle, Gina Kim, Rachel Kuehn, Brooke Matthews and Emilia Migliaccio.