Great Britain and Ireland won the Curtis Cup for the first time since 1996 with a superb singles performance at Nairn Golf Club, Scotland. They beat the USA in five of the eight matches for an overall victory scoreline of 10½-9½.
It means the Curtis Cup, the Walker Cup, the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup are currently all held on this side of the Atlantic.
GB&I were trailing the USA by a point at the start of today’s play, but matters quickly changed.
English champion Kelly Tidy came back from three down after six to win the top match and put GB&I on level terms with the USA. Welsh champion Amy Boulden and England’s Holly Clyburn – playing her second Curtis Cup – quickly followed with their wins. GB&I were two points ahead.
Next to put her point on the board was England’s world number five, Charley Hull, who romped to a 5/3 win over her opponent and was an estimated three-under par. Meanwhile the Americans had scored two points with wins over Pamela Pretswell of Scotland and Ireland’s Leona Maguire. The state of play was GB&I 9½, USA 8½ – and 10½ points were required for an outright victory.
It fell to Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow to score the point which brought the Curtis Cup back to these shores. She was round in an approximate four-under par, was never behind in her match and birdied the 15th to go dormie three up, before claiming her victory point on the 16th.
Meanwhile, England’s Bronte Law had birdied the 15th and, after halving the 16th and 17th, was just one down with one to play. But, with the overall match decided, the hole and the point was conceded to the USA.
Singles scores (GB&I names first)
Kelly Tidy beat Austin Ernst 2/1
Amy Boulden beat Emily Tubert 3/1
Holly Clyburn beat Erica Popson 3/2
Pamela Pretswell lost to Lisa McCloskey 4/3
Bronte Law lost to Tiffany Lua 2 down
Charley Hull beat Lindy Duncan 5/3
Stephanie Meadow beat Amy Anderson 4/2
Leona Maguire lost to Brooke Pancake 6/5
Standing, from left: Holly Clyburn, team manager Anna Hubbard, Charley Hull, Pamela Pretswell, Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow
Kneeling, from left: Kelly Tidy, captain Tegwen Matthews, Bronte Law and Amy Boulden
GB&I in great Curtis Cup fightback
09 June 2012
Great Britain and Ireland staged a fantastic fightback in the Curtis Cup match at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland – taking 2½ points from this afternoon’s three fourballs and cutting the USA lead to just one point.
The England pairing of Holly Clyburn and Kelly Tidy won one up; England’s Bronte Law and Ireland’s Leona Maguire halved their match; and Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell paired up with Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow for a 2 up victory.
The scoreline now stands 6½-5½ in favour of the USA – with the outcome of the match hanging on tomorrow’s eight singles. GB&I are seeking their first win since 1996, while the Americans need 10 points to retain the cup and 10½ for an outright victory.
The GB&I performance was crucial after they had managed to win only one of the three morning foursomes and at lunch they were trailing 6-3. But the fightback began straight away.
Clyburn and Tidy started birdie, birdie to go one up, but were pulled back to all square by an American birdie on the seventh. On the back nine the wind dropped – and the birdies came to the fore: GB&I birdied the 10th to go one up, but lost the 13th to a birdie. They dropped behind for the first time in the match after they failed to par the short 14th, but had the perfect answer with birdies on 15 and 16 to go ahead again. Two halves gave them their point.
Teenagers Law and Maguire won the first hole and were never behind in their match. Twice they extended the advantage to two holes but the Americans pulled them back and the match was all square after 13 holes – the first time they’d been on level terms since the fourth. The battle continued over the five closing holes, each halved as all four players demonstrated steely nerves. Another precious half point for GB&I.
Meadow and Pretswell were down just once in their match, after the USA won the third, but they won the fifth and sixth with birdies to go one up and still held that advantage at the turn. They lost the lead with a bogey on the 10th, regained it on the 13th, lost it again on the short 14th, but crucially regained it on the 17th where Pretswell played a superb three-quarter nine-iron to within 3ft of the pin to set up a birdie. The finished two up after the USA failed to hole vital putts on the last green and were three-under par for a five-hour round.
The second day’s play attracted nearly 3000 spectators.
Fourball results (GB&I first)
Holly Clyburn & Kelly Tidy beat Emily Tubert & Amy Anderson 1 up
Leona Maguire & Bronte Law halved with Brooke Pancake & Austin Ernst
Stephanie Meadow & Pamela Pretswell beat Tiffany Lua & Erica Popson 2up
Singles draw (GB&I first)
10:00 Kelly Tidy v Austin Ernst
10:10 Amy Boulden v Emily Tubert
10:20 Holly Clyburn v Erica Popson
10:30 Pamela Pretswell v Lisa McCloskey
10:40 Bronte Law v Tiffany Lua
10:50 Charley Hull v Lindy Duncan
11:00 Stephanie Meadow v Amy Anderson
11:10 Leona Maguire v Brooke Pancake
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Irish pair win in Curtis Cup foursomes
09 June 2012
Great Britain & Ireland took one point from this morning’s foursomes sessions at the Curtis Cup match at a very wet Nairn Golf Club in Scotland. The USA, who need 10 points to retain the trophy, now hold a 6-3 lead.
The GB&I success was recorded by the all-Ireland pair of Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow who beat their opponents 3/1.
But Charley Hull – England’s world number five – and Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell were beaten 3/2 in the top match, while Holly Clyburn of England and Welsh champion Amy Boulden lost 2 down.
Maguire and Meadow had the satisfaction of turning the tables on the pair who beat them in yesterday’s opening foursomes. The Irish combination got off to a very quick start, winning the first hole and getting to three-up after four. They were never behind in their match although their opponents twice narrowed the margin to just one hole. However, wins at the 16th and 17th gave the GB&I pair their point.
Hull and Pretswell lost the first two holes to birdies and, although they managed to get back to all square after their own birdies on the fifth and seventh, they were never able to take the lead in the match. The Americans forged ahead again, winning the eighth and ninth with pars, to reach the turn at two up. The GB&I pair pulled one back at the 10th, but they lost the 13th and 15th – to a birdie – to go dormie three down, bowing out when the 16th was halved.
Clyburn and Boulden won the first hole but were three down after six – only to battle back by winning the next three holes to reach the turn all square. The GB&I pair also won the 11th to go ahead for the first time, but were immediately pulled back to all square and then lost the 15th to go one down. Again, they came straight back to square matters on the 16th, but the Americans edged ahead with a par on 17 and, after both pairs found the wet rough off the 18th tee, also won the last.
The USA captain Pat Cornett broke her right ankle in an incident at the start of yesterday afternoon’s fourballs and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Past USA Curtis Cup team member and captain Carol Semple Thompson, served as interim captain for the afternoon’s matches. Pat resumed her duties this morning.
Foursomes results (GB&I names first)
Pamela Pretswell & Charley Hull lost to Amy Anderson & Tiffany Lua 3/2
Holly Clyburn & Amy Boulden lost to Austin Ernst & Brooke Pancake 2 down
Stephanie Meadow & Leona Maguire beat Lindy Duncan & Lisa McCloskey 3/1
The draw for the afternoon fourballs is:
Holly Clyburn & Kelly Tidy v Emily Tubert & Amy Anderson
Leona Maguire & Bronte Law v Brooke Pancake & Austin Ernst
Stephanie Meadow & Pamela Pretswell v Tiffany Lua & Erica Popson
GB&I fight back in Curtis Cup fourballs
09 June 2012
Great Britain and Ireland fought their way back into the Curtis Cup match at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland with two wins from yesterday's three afternoon fourballs.
It narrowed the gap between GB&I and the USA to two points at the end of the first day’s play, with the visitors holding a 4-2 lead.
The USA had made a rapid start when they won all three morning foursomes – and they maintained the momentum by winning the top fourball against England’s world number five, Charley Hull, and Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell.
The players shared 11 birdies during the 15 holes of the match and the Americans were approximately six-under par, while the GB&I pair were an estimated three-under.
But then the American progress was halted by GB&I. The all-England pairing of Kelly Tidy and Holly Clyburn won their match on the 17th, while fellow England international Bronte Law and Welsh champion Amy Boulden defeated their opponents on the 16th.
Tidy and Clyburn won the first hole and were ahead for most of their match. They dropped behind after losing the seventh to an eagle three, but got back on level terms when they won the 10th with a par. They moved ahead by winning the 12th and 13th and although they lost the 16th, they came straight back at their opponents to win both the 17th and the match.
Law and Boulden had to play catch-up early on when their opponents had four birdies in the first seven holes and held a two up lead. But from then on, the GB&I pair turned the match around and didn’t lose another hole. They won the eighth with a birdie and were all square after the ninth was conceded – and then moved steadily on, winning 10, 13 and 16 to claim their point.
Fourball results (GB&I names first)
Pamela Pretswell & Charley Hull lost to Amy Anderson & Emily Tubert 4/3
Kelly Tidy & Holly Clyburn beat Brooke Pancake & Erica Popson 2/1
Bronte Law & Amy Boulden beat Lindy Duncan & Lisa McCloskey 3/2
Round three foursomes draw:
0800 Pamela Pretswell & Charley Hull v Amy Anderson & Tiffany Lua
0812 Holly Clyburn & Amy Boulden v Austin Ernst & Brooke Pancake
0824 Stephanie Meadow & Leona Maguire v Lindy Duncan & Lisa McCloskey
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USA strike first blow in Curtis Cup
08 June 2012
The USA struck the first blow in the Curtis Cup by winning all three matches in the opening foursomes at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland.
It was the exact opposite of the start hoped for by GB&I captain Tegwen Matthews, who had spoken of the need to make the Americans play catch-up golf.
She said: "I'm afraid that wasn't quite the fast start we wanted. It's disappointing. There was some good golf played out there but the Americans were just that bit sharper than us on and around the greens.
"That's something I'm going to talk to the girls about at lunchtime. We need to hole a few more putts and if we do that, there's no reason why we can't get back into the match. There's still a long way to go."
The top GB&I pair of English champion Kelly Tidy and Welsh champion Amy Boulden lost by one hole, having held the lead for much of their match. They got off to a quick start when they won the first hole and they were two up after eight and still held that advantage with five to play. However, they lost the 14th to go back to one up; the 16th to go all square and the 17th to drop behind.
The all-England pairing of Holly Clyburn and Bronte Law lost the first two holes to birdies and were three down after five. They settled into the match with a long string of halves before winning the 13th and 15th, with a birdie, but bowed out of the game on the 17th.
The Americans quickly took the upper hand in the third game, with birdies on the first three holes, and were six up at the turn against Ireland’s Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow. The GB&I pair won the 11th and 12th but lost the 14th and the match.
England’s world number five Charley Hull and Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell sat out the first session but are in action in this afternoon's fourballs.The draw:
13.00 Pamela Pretswell and Charley Hull v Amy Anderson and Emily Tubert
13.15 Kelly Tidy and Holly Clyburn v Brooke Pancake and Erica Popson
13.30 Bronte Law and Amy Boulden v Lindy Duncan and Lisa McCloskey
Foursomes results (GB&I names first)
Kelly Tidy & Amy Boulden lost to Austin Ernst & Brooke Pancake 1 down
Holly Clyburn & Bronte Law lost to Amy Anderson & Tiffany Lua 2/1
Leona Maguire & Stephanie Meadow lost to Lindy Duncan & Lisa McCloskey 5/4
Curtis Cup match set to tee off
07 June 2012
The 37th Curtis Cup match tees off at 8am tomorrow morning when the first foursomes session gets underway at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland.
The line-up includes three England internationals – Kelly Tidy, Holly Clyburn and Bronte Law – but omits world number five, Charley Hull. The other player to sit out the first session is Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell. The order of play is:
0800 Kelly Tidy & Amy Boulden v Austin Ernst & Brooke Pancake
0812 Holly Clyburn & Bronte Law v Amy Anderson & Tiffany Lua
0824 Leona Maguire & Stephanie Meadow v Lindy Duncan & Lisa McCloskey
The GB&I team are aiming to win the cup for the first time since 1996. And their captain, Tegwen Matthews, makes no secret of her game plan: she wants her players to go on the offensive against the Americans from the first tee in every match.
"Over the years, GB&I teams have been very good at fighting back after letting the Americans get too far in front of us to be caught, “ she said. “This time I want it to be the Americans who are playing catch-up golf. I am hammering home to our girls that they have got to start fast, win holes and put the pressure on their opponents.”
If the GB&I team do succeed in their mission, the Curtis Cup will join three other major matchplay trophies which are already held on this side of the Atlantic: the Ryder Cup, the Solheim Cup and the Walker Cup.
The full GB&I team is: Amy Boulden (Conwy, Wales) 18, Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 21, Charley Hull (Woburn) 16, Bronte Law (Bramhall) 17, Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell, Ireland) 17, Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle, Scotland) 22, Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale) 20, Stephanie Meadow (Royal Portrush, Ireland) 20.
This is Holly Clyburn’s second Curtis Cup and she commented: “Hopefully we will win the trophy. I honestly think we can. Everyone is in good form and on the leaderboard all the time. It’s exciting and I’m really looking forward to it.”
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Back row (l-r) Kelly Tidy, Charley Hull, Pamela Pretswell, team captain Tegwen Matthews, Holly Clyburn, Amy Boulden.
Front row (l-r) Leona Maguire, Bronte Law, Stephanie Meadow.