The USA won three singles matches and halved a fourth on Sunday to regain the Curtis Cup, 13-7, and cap a dominant week over Great Britain and Ireland at St. Louis Country Club in Missouri, USA.
The winning point came courtesy of 2013 US Women’s Amateur champion Emma Talley. Playing in the opening singles match, the 20-year-old from Princeton, Kentucky made a 3-foot par putt on the 15th green to defeat Bronte Law, 19, of England, 4&3.
“Dreams do come true, that's for sure,” said a jubilant Talley, who went 3-0-1 during the Match. “This was the best week ever. I'm just happy to play with my friends and to do it for my country is even better.”
“That is the coolest trophy of all the seven that I've ever won,” said a proud USA Captain Ellen Port, who has captured six individual USGA championships. “That is the most special trophy, always, that I will ever have, and ever have been a part of.”
Ally McDonald, 21, of Fulton, Miss., earned the second point for the USA. The 2013 North & South Women’s Amateur champion won the par-4 sixth with a birdie to go 1 up and cruised to a 4&3 victory over England's 17-year-old Annabel Dimmock.
GB&I rallied to take four of the remaining six singles matches and tighten the large deficit.
“I’m so proud of the girls for how they rallied all day today,” said GB&I Captain Tegwen Matthews, who is now 1-1 as captain after she led her team to victory in 2012. “Especially when they knew the match was gone, and yet they never gave up. That could have put the chins really even further down.
“But no, we won the afternoon singles session. So that's a great way to finish and gives everyone a bit of a boost to say the least from a pretty disastrous two days.”
Georgia Hall, 18, of England, holed out for eagle from the fairway on 15 in her 3&2 victory over Kyung Kim, 20, of Chandler, Ariz. The hole-out came after Kim’s approach landed a foot from the hole.
Scotland's Gemma Dryburgh, 20, lost a 3-up lead to Ashlan Ramsey, 18, of Milledgeville, Ga., but was able to eke out a 1-up victory.
Charlotte Thomas, 22, of England, notched her only point of the match with a 2-up win over Erynne Lee, 21, of Silverdale, Wash.
The final GB&I point went to Meadow, 22, of Northern Ireland. The recent University of Alabama graduate rallied from an early deficit to notch a 2-and-1 win over Alison Lee, 19, of Valencia, Calif.
The 2014 Curtis Cup Match was Meadow and Ramsey’s final event as amateurs, as they will turn professional immediately following the event.
Mariah Stackhouse, 20, of Riverdale, Ga., carried a 1-up lead over Eilidh Briggs, 21, of Scotland, to the 18th. However, Stackhouse’s double bogey after going long over the green halved the match.
The USA’s 9½-2½ lead following the first four sessions was the largest four-round lead since the playing format was expanded to five sessions over three days in 2008, bettering the 2010 USA mark of 8½- 3½.
The 2016 Curtis Cup Match will be conducted at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, outside of Dublin, Ireland.
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