Saturday, June 09, 2018

USA extend Curtis Cup lead to 7-2 over GB and I

Americans are simply out-putting GB and I on Tillinghast's quirky greens

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
The United States are odds-on favourites to win back the Curtis Cup after winning Day 2's morning four-ball session 3-0 which extended their overall lead from 4-2 at the end play yesterday evening to 7-2 with the afternoon foursomes to come today before Sunday's closing session of eight singles.
With 20pt at stake over the three-day match,  the USA have to reach 10.5pt to be in a "defeat impossible" position.
Designer Tillinghast's quirky greens - no straight putts on undulating surfaces that twist this way and then that way - have made this biennial match a putting contest … and the Americans are clearly out-putting the GB and I players.
In this morning's session, USA notched 12 birdies to only four by the GB and I team.
+Several years ago after Great Britain and Ireland had lost yet another Ryder Cup match to USA, no less a person than Jack Nicklaus suggested that a "European" team would be a much stronger one than a GB and I only line-up and would, consequently, provide much worthier opposition.
His suggestion was accepted - and he was right.
I will not be very popular when I say that perhaps it is time for the Curtis Cup match to feature Team Europe rather than GB and I against the USA.

          GB and I team captain Elaine Farquharson-Black (on left) talks with
          friends at first tee on Curtis Cup Day 2 morning. Picture by Cal Carson Golf Agency

GB AND I                                                                                  UNITED STATES

OLIVIA MEHAFFEY         lost to                                JENNIFER KUPCHO  won
SOPHIE LAMB                                                              KRISTEN GILLMAN  3/2

Hole 1 GB and I won with a birdie 4. GB and I ONE UP
Hole 2 USA won with a birdie 3. MATCH ALL SQUARE
Hole 3 Halved in par 4s
Hole 4 Halved in par 4s
Hole 5 Halved in par 3s
Hole 6 Halved in par 4s.
Hole 7 GB and I won with par 4. GB AND I ONE UP
Hole 8 USA won with a birdie 3. MATCH ALL SQUARE
Hole 9 USA won with a birdie 2. USA ONE UP AT THE TURN

Hole 10 Halved in par 3s.
Hole 11 Halved in par 4s.
Hole 12 USA won with a birdie 3. USA TWO UP
Hole 13 Halved in par 3s.
Hole 14 USA won with a birdIe 4. USA THREE UP
Hole 15 Halved in par 3s
Hole 16 Halves in par 4s. USA WON BY 3 and 2


      Annabell Fuller (left) and Alice Hewson. Picture by Cal Carson Golf Agency

ALICE HEWSON             lost to                                     MARIEL GALDIANO
ANNABELL FULLER                                                     LILIA VU     2 and 1

Hole 1 USA won with birdie 4. USA ONE UP
Hole 2 USA won with par 4. USA TWO UP
Hole 3 Halved in par 4s
Hole 4 Halved in par 4s
Hole 5 Halved in par 3s
Hole 6 Halved in par 5s
Hole 7 USA won with birdie 3. USA THREE UP
Hole 8 GB and I won with birdie 3. USA TWO UP
Hole 9 GB and I won with birdies 3. USA ONE UP AT TURN

Hole 10 Halved in par 3s
Hole 11 Halved in par 4s.
Hole 12 Halved in par 4s.
Hole 13 Halved in par 3s
Hole 14 USA won with a birdie 4. USA  TWO UP
Hole 15 Halved in par 4s.
Hole 16 Halved in par 4s
Hole 17 Halved in par 4s. USA WON 2 and 1


Shannon McWilliam driving on Curtis Cup Day 2 morning. Picture by Cal Carson Golf Agency.

LILY MAY HUMPHREYS                                                  LUCY LI
SHANNON McWILLIAM                                                    ANDREA LEE

Hole 1 Halved in birdie 4s.
Hole 2 USA won with birdie 3. USA ONE UP
Hole 3 GB and I won with par 4. MATCH ALL SQUARE
Hole 4 USA won with birdie 3. USA ONE UP
Hole 5 USA won with par 3. USA TWO UP
Hole 6 Hole halved in par 4s.
Hole 7 Hole halved in par 3s
Hole 8 Hole halved in par 4s.
Hole 9 Hole halved in par 3s. USA TWO UP AT THE TURN

Hole 10 Hole halved in par 3s.
Hole 11 Hole halved in par 4s.
Hole 12 Hole halved in par 4s.
Hole 13 Hole halved in par 3s.
Hole 14 Hole halved in par 5s
Hole 15 Hole halved in par 3s
Hole 16 USA won with birdie 3. USA WON by 3 and 2

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  Quaker Ridge clubhouse behind the 18th green. Picture by Cal Carson Golf   Agency.

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