US extends Curtis Cup lead

BY foxsports • June 9, 2012

The United States Curtis Cup team continued its domination of the event, winning two of three matches in Saturday's morning foursomes.

US captain Pat Cornett, who is nursing a broken ankle she sustained in an accident on Friday, watched her team extend its advantage over Great Britain and Ireland to 6-3 in cold and wet conditions ahead of the three afternoon fourballs encounters.

Amy Anderson extended her winning run to three matches in teaming with Tiffany Lua to win their match 3 and 2 against the GB & I pair of Pam Pretswell and Charley Hull.

Brooke Pancake, who is turning pro after the event, again teamed with Austin Ernst to win their match 2 up against the GB & I combination of Holly Clyburn and Amy Boulden.

GB & I's only victory came in the final match when Leona Maguire of Ireland and Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland exacted revenge on Amy Duncan and Lisa McCloskey 3 and 1 after being on the receiving end of a 5 and 4 defeat by the same two Americans a day earlier.

Cornett had her right leg put in plaster late yesterday after a buggy accident and was allowed to leave Raigmore Hospital in Inverness and return to the team's hotel early Friday evening.

''I am feeling really good, the USA up by three,'' said Cornett. ''I saw the girls back at dinner at the hotel last night. I said to them how proud I was and way to go. And I could not have scripted it any better.''

GB & I team captain Tegwen Matthews has again dropped the event's highest world ranked player in No. 4-ranked Hull from the afternoon fourballs after the 16-year old lost both her matches.

''It is a bit disappointing because I thought we could and should have got one more point out of this morning,'' said Matthews. ''But there is no reason why we still can't win. The girls are focused and they are trying their absolute hardest. I couldn't ask for more.''

The US team needs to secure 10 1/2 points from a possible 20 to retain the trophy that they have won seven consecutive times.


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