When Photographer Hy Peskin developed the pictures he had taken as the British and American Curtis Cup teams were limbering up for their match at the Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton, Mass., it appeared that the best women amateurs of these two great golfing nations were intent mostly on demonstrating how to decorate a golf course. Their clothes, their smiles, their dimples and their unfailing good humor made this conclusion obvious.
The Americans remained stylishly informal in shirts and Bermuda shorts even while the competition was under way, but the British team kept to a prim and pretty uniform of blue cap, demure white blouse and gray skirt combination. The visitors had gained possession of the cup by winning two years ago at Prince's, Sandwich, England, and proceeded to take a quick 2-to-1 lead in the first day's foursomes. On the second day the host team appeared to have made a successful comeback until Mrs. Frances Smith of Scotland came on in determined fashion to defeat Miss Polly Riley of Fort Worth, 2 up. This tied the two teams at 4½ points apiece and the British ladies retained the Curtis Cup for another two years. But, smiles, dimples and forms being equal, no one was brave enough to step forward and say whether blouses and skirts or shirts and shorts were better to decorate a golf course.
In step America's JoAnne Gunderson, 19, and Anne Richardson, 22. enjoy the sunshine. Miss Gunderson defeated Mrs. Valentine in key singles.
Britain's Mrs. Jessie Valentine gets firmly set to wind up practice round with shot to 18th green.
August 17, 1958
America's Meriam Bailey takes a hearty practice swing prior to hitting from the 18th fairway.
Well-turned-out Mrs. Angela Bonallack of Britain won her foursome, then tied singles.
Fair and rakish in colorful hat, America's Barbara McIntire finishes her last warmup round.