US beats Great Britain and Ireland at Curtis Cup
The United States eased to a comfortable 12.5-7.5 victory over
Great Britain and Ireland on Sunday to win the women’s Curtis Cup
The Americans needed only two out of eight points in the singles
to retain the cup after winning all six fourball and foursome
matches Saturday to take a commanding 8.5-3.5 lead in the 36th
“It was a wonderful victory, obviously. We are very pleased and
proud,” said U.S. captain Noreen Mohler. “I think today’s play
was just a continuation of yesterday’s play. We went out with
momentum and we just made a couple of more putts than they
Alexis Thompson, who is 15, and 18-year-old Jennifer Johnson of
both built early leads in their singles matches. Thompson beat
Sally Watson 6 and 5, and Johnson defeated Rachel Jennings 5 and 4
to clinch it for the U.S., which has won seven straight
Danielle McVeigh of Northern Ireland, a 22-year-old who is
expected to turn pro soon, was a bright spot all weekend for her
team and beat Jennifer Song 3 and 2 in the leadoff singles match.
Lisa and Leona Maguire, 15-year-old twins from Ireland, also played
well for the visitors. Lisa Maguire beat Kimberly Kim 1-up and
Leona Maguire defeated Tiffany Lua 2 and 1.
“I had a great week,” said McVeigh. “I came here to play well
and I’m glad I did. I went out to play well against a great
opponent. I tried my best but there’s no I in team.”
Jessica Korda was strong all weekend for the U.S., carding four
birdies and an eagle while trouncing Pamela Pretswell of Scotland 4
and 3. American Cydney Clanton beat Hannah Barwood 4 and 3, while
Holly Clyburn’s 2 and 1 win over Stephanie Kono gave the GB&I
team a split of Sunday’s eight points.
“I told Alexis and Jessica you are going to be my horses this
week,” said Mohler. “You are young and I know you can go 36 holes
each day and both have very similar games. The hit the ball
similarly distance wise and they feed off each other.”
Sunday’s matches were expected to be the final amateur
appearance for several members of the U.S. team. Thompson and Song,
the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur and Women’s Amateur Public Links
champion, may play in next week’s Shoprite LPGA Classic in
Galloway, New Jersey.
The contest was played at the Essex County Club, the home course
of Harriot and Margaret Curtis, the two women who donated the
trophy that began the Curtis Cup in 1932.