Monday, June 11, 2018

USA SCORE RECORD CURTIS CUP WIN (17-3) AFTER GB and I LOSE SINGLES 8-0

R and A NEWS RELEASE
 The United States defeated Great Britain and Ireland by a record-breaking 17-3 scoreline to win the 40th Curtis Cup match at Quaker Ridge, New York. The United States' points total is the highest recorded by any team in the Curtis Cup since they defeated GB and I 14½-3½ at Denver Country Club in 1982.
The winning margin of 14 points also surpassed the record of 11 points set in that same match.
The hosts held a 9-3 lead over GB and I going into today’s singles matches following the six foursomes matches and six four-balls matches played over the first two days. Sophia Schubert extended the lead for the home side to 10-3 after beating Olivia Mehaffey 2 and 1 in the first match.
Moments later, Kristen Gillman secured the vital point which clinched the Curtis Cup for the United States after a comprehensive 5 and 4 win over Annabell Fuller gave them an unassailable 11-3 lead. In doing so, Gillman became only the third player after Stacey Lewis (2008) and Bronte Law (2016) to go 5-0-0 in a single Curtis Cup match since the new three-day format was introduced.
Fifteen-year-old Lucy Li added a 5 and 4 victory against India Clyburn before Jennifer Kupcho’s 2 and 1 success over Lily May Humphreys made it 13-3 to the United States. A long-range birdie from the world's leading woman amateur golfer, Lilia Vu, made sure of a win against Sophie Lamb by two holes.
Andrea Lee came back from two down on the outward half to close her match out against Alice Hewson on the 17th hole, winning by 2 and 1 and give her side a 15-3 lead.
  Lauren Stephenson sealed her match against Shannon McWilliam in style with a  birdie putt which dropped from around 12 feet to give the 20-year-old a 2 and 1 victory. Mariel Galdiano defeated Paula Grant by one hole in the last match out on the course to give the United States a 17-3 win.
The United States now lead the overall series 29-8-3. The 41st Curtis Cup match will be played at Conwy (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club in North Wales from  June 12-14, 2020.
Key Quotes:
Elaine Farquharson-Black, Captain, Great Britain and Ireland “We’re obviously very disappointed with the scoreline and all you can do is congratulate the United States on their win and the very high standard of golf they have played this week.
  “We have played good golf in spells, particularly on the first day, but at this level you have to have more consistency and at times we’ve just not performed as well as we would have liked.
“We have a very young team and the players will have learned lots from this experience which will stand them in good stead for the future. They have given it their all this in this match and I’m very proud of them.”
Virginia Derby Grimes, Captain, United States “It’s a great feeling and of course I've never been on a losing side as a player either. It's good to see the team get to experience that winning feeling.
“Last night we just talked a little bit and I just told them to enjoy the moment and be patient on the greens. The whole week has been phenomenal and I can't say any one moment has stood out. There have been so many great moments.”

TELL-TALE PLAYERS' RECORDS
AT QUAKER RIDGE

GB and I
OLIVIA MEHAFFEY      D W L W L  ..  2.5pt out of a possible 5pt
SOPHIE LAMB                D W L W L  ..  2.5pt out of a possible 5pt
PAULA GRANT              D  L  -  L  L  ..  0.5pt out of a possible 4pt
Shannon McWILLIAM    D  -   L L  L  ..  0.5pt out of a possible 4pt
ALICE HEWSON            L  L  L  -  L  … 0pt out of a possible 4pt
Lily May HUMPHREYS L  L  L  -  L  ….0pt out of a possible 4pt
INDIA CLYBURN          -   L  -   L L  …. 0pt out of a possible 3pt
ANNABELL FULLER   -    -   L  L L  …. 0pt out of a possible 3pt

USA
KRISTEN GILLMAN     W W W W W   5pt out of a possible 5pt.
LILIA VU                        W W W  L W   4pt out of a possible 5pt
LUCY LI                          D  -   W W W   3.5pt out of a possible 4pt
Lauren STEPHENSON    D W  - W W     3.5pt out of a possible 4pt
Jennifer KUPCHO            D W  W L W   3.5pt out of a possible 5pt
Sophia SCHUBERT         D  -   - W  W    2.5pt out of a possible 3pt
ANDREA LEE                 -   L  W  - W    2pt out of a possible 3pt
MARIEL GALDIANO    -   L   W - W    2pt out of a possible 3pt.

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