The 41st Curtis Cup at Conwy Golf Club will not only see Great Britain and Ireland face off against the United States of America, but it will also see the clash of old university teammates as friends from either side will face off in North Wales.
Lauren Walsh of GB&I, as well as Emilia Migliaccio and Rachel Kuehn both of the USA team all attend Wake Forrest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
However, friendships will have to be put aside for the week as both teams look to claim victory in the matches first outing since 2018.
The United States have dominated the majority of the Curtis Cup matches since its first outing back at the Wentworth Club in England in 1932, with a current record of 29-8-3.
Friendships put aside
Irish international Walsh, who competed in the AIG Women’s Open last week at Carnoustie, is focused on putting points on the board for team GB&I even if it involves battling against her old friends to do so.
‘’I think that the three of us are super competitive, we have all trained the last two years over at university with the goal of making the Curtis Cup, I think it is great that the three of us are here, it is great for the university, there has been banter back and forth’’, said Walsh.
‘’We’ll play matches against each other and stuff like that but we are all really competitive, we all want to win so I think at the end of the day, we are friendly competitors I would put it like that.”
Old friends meet again
The US pair, making up two of the team of eight can look forward to the prospect of facing their Irish teammate for the second time this summer.
‘’I played with Rachel Kuehn and Lauren Walsh in the Arnold Palmer Cup this summer in Chicago. Rachel and I were teammates and we played against Lauren so it was funny, that was the first time we played against her,’’ said Migliaccio.
‘’In matchplay I have played against some really good friends of mine and it’s just how it goes. We are going to enjoy ourselves and we have talked any chance we get. It was awesome to see how well Lauren played at the AIG Women’s Open. It’s going to be a great week, we obviously want to win but wish her (Lauren) the best.’’
Curtis and Walker Cup history
Rachel Kuehn, whose partner Alex Fitzpatrick competed in the 2021 and 2019 Walker Cup, is roommates with Walsh at College and is excited at the prospect of competing against her friend to try claim the pinnacle prize of women’s amateur golf.
‘It has been a while since I have seen her, so we were obviously really excited to see each other. Lauren is a great player, we both respect each other as people and as players, it will be a great week, some friendly competition,’’ said Kuehn.
They both have the sole minded focus of delivering the points for their respective teams, where we could see two of the three players possibly go head- to- head in the singles ties on Saturday.
‘’Absolutely, we want to beat each other, but like I said at the end, it is not going to affect our friendship, we are still going to enjoy spending time together and she will still be my best friend.”
The 20 year old will become the second mother-daughter combination to have played in the Curtis Cup after her mother Brenda Corrie-Kuehn played in the 1996 and 1998 matches.