Phil Wylie, Curtis Cup centenarian, dies

Phi Wylie with the Curtis Cup

England’s Phyllis Wylie, who was the oldest surviving Curtis Cup player on either side of the Atlantic, has died at the age of 101.

Phil, as she was generally known, was a top amateur golfer in the pre-war days when playing in a Curtis Cup match in the United States entailed crossing the Atlantic by ship and a tour of Australia and New Zealand meant six months away from home.

She played for Great Britain and Ireland against the United States in 1938 in the fourth Curtis Cup match at Essex County Club, Massachussets – the home club of the Curtis sisters who donated the trophy. She had been first reserve in attendance for the 1936 match at Gleneagles.

She was originally a member of Parkstone Golf Club, near Bournemouth, and among her many golfing successes, she was English women’s amateur champion 1934 and the losing finalist in 1936.

Her husband was a Scot and they lived for many years in Troon, across the road from short 17th on the Royal Troon championship links.

During the 2008 Curtis Cup match at the Old Course, St Andrews, Phil fulfilled an ambition when she entered the Royal and Ancient clubhouse to attend the past Curtis Cup players’ dinner and was able to hold the Curtis Cup. She was unable to attend this year’s match at Nairn after suffering a fall.

She is survived by her only son Ian.