Dun Laoghaire to host Curtis Cup
Now it's official -- Dun Laoghaire GC will host the 2016 Curtis Cup, bringing the biennial GB and Ireland premier women's event to this country for the first time since 1996.
The news was broken in our 'Tee to Green' column in March, but was kept under official wraps until the conclusion of the latest staging of the Cup at Nairn, Scotland, last Sunday.
It was a fantastic weekend for all concerned as GB and Ireland defeated the USA for the first time since '96, when Ita Butler of Elm Park captained the home side.
No Irish player was selected on that team of 16 years ago, but Stephanie Meadow of Royal Portrush and Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell) were on the victorious side at Nairn.
Meadow, based in Alabama University, was the heroine who clinched the vital point to clinch a 9.5 to 10.5 win.
Now Dun Laoghaire GC looks forward to staging the next home Curtis Cup fixture after the USA hosts it in 2014.
Chief executive of the Ladies Golf Union Shona Malcolm said: "The quality of the course and top-class facilities, coupled with the commitment and enthusiasm of the club's team, convinced us that we were selecting a great venue."
Dun Laoghaire GC president Derek Montgomery added: "We are determined to host a very successful event, and are confident that, with the support of our members, we can make it a truly memorable occasion."
And the legendary Mary McKenna believes the news will be a boost for the game in Ireland. "It will give the up-and-coming girls an added incentive to strive to make a Curtis Cup team," she said.