The Ardmore, Pa., property will host the Curtis Cup, a biennial competition matching female amateurs from the U.S. against those from Great Britain and Ireland, for the second time. The event will mark the end of the property’s nine-year break from hosting championships, after it hosted the U.S. Open in 2013.
Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., will host its 19th USGA championship, the most of any club, in 2022 for the Curtis Cup Match, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Merion enhanced its reputation by hosting three U.S. Golf Association championships in a nine-year span, capped by the U.S. Open in 2013 that went down to the wire before Justin Rose emerged with the trophy, the Inquirer reported.
After taking some time off, the club will return to hosting as was announced May 23 by the USGA. It will be its second time as the site for a Curtis Cup, a biennial competition matching female amateurs from the United States against those from Great Britain and Ireland. The United States won the 1954 Curtis Cup at the club, the Inquirer reported.
Merion has hosted a wide variety of USGA events, including five U.S. Opens, six U.S. Amateurs, four U.S. Women’s Amateurs, a Curtis Cup, a Walker Cup, and the U.S. Girls Junior. Of course, the Open is the big prize. It took the national championship 32 years to return to Merion for its 2013 run there, which followed the 2005 U.S. Amateur and the 2009 Walker Cup, the Inquirer reported.
Asked if he could see another U.S. Open in Merion’s future, club president James B. Bradbeer Jr. responded, “We have ongoing conversations with the USGA. I think I’ll leave it at that.” Bradbeer said he and club officials felt the 2022 Curtis Cup, which will be conducted from June 10-12, “was a terrific follow-up to the Open.”
“We love hosting championships, which we did in ’05, ’09 and ’13, which was a lot,” Bradbeer said. “Then we appropriately took a break. It will end up being nine years, which I think is right. We really loved our Walker Cup experience and we’re excited about doing something like the Curtis Cup. We think it will be terrific.
“Hosting championships is part of being a Merion member, being part of a club that invites the United States Golf Association in from time to time to host a wide variety of events,” Bradbeer said. “I think ’05 and ’13, and even the Walker Cup, reminded us just how much fun and how good that was, not only for us but also as a steward of the game.”
The next Curtis Cup, hosted by Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., will take place in 2018, the Inquirer reported.