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

for amateurs.

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

biennial competition.

“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

did.”

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

matches.

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.