Curtis Cup: U.S. looks to build on lead Saturday
06 Jun 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Curtis Cup, Quaker Ridge Golf Club

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (June 6, 2014) -- After the first day of play at the 2014 Curtis Cup, the United States holds a commanding 5-1 lead over Great Britain & Ireland.

On the strength of Annie Park's two points earned, the hosts head into Saturday's action hoping to build on their team strength at St. Louis Country Club.

Park, who plays at USC, joined Ole Miss star Ally McDonald to win a morning four ball match over Bronte Law and Charlotte Thomas, 4-and-3. Park teamed up with UCLA's Erynne Lee to win 3-and-1 in the afternoon foursomes match over Eilidh Briggs and Gabriella Cowley.

Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford and good friend Emma Talley, the reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion from Alabama, led things off with a 2-and-1 victory over Stephanie Meadow and Georgia Hall in the first match of the day.

The victory, which was preceded by Stackhouse's rousing speech to her teammates on the first tee, seemed to set the tone for the day.

The GB&I team, however, wouldn't be let down.

In the afternoon foursomes matches, they led late in two of the matches before halving two of them to earn a full point.

Meadow and Hall wound up halving their match with Ashlan Ramsey and Alison Lee while Annabel Dimmock and Law took a half point from Talley and McDonald.

The 2014 Curtis Cup schedule leads to Saturday morning's four ball matches before another afternoon of foursomes. On Sunday, the final day of competition, the two teams will battle head-to-head in eight singles matches.

For a full look at the days's scores, follow the link below.

ABOUT THE Curtis Cup

Officially named "The Women's International Cup," the first Curtis Cup wasn't officially held until 1932. The biennial competition features the best female players from the United States of America pitted against a similar squad from Great Britain and Ireland. While it was hoped that many nations would eventually join the Match, the Curtis Cup has remained a two-sided competition.

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