Curtis Cup: U.S. tops GB&I, 13-7
08 Jun 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (June 8, 2014) -- Perhaps fittingly, it was the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, Emma Talley, who secured the clinching point for the U.S. Sunday at the Curtis Cup.

But it was anything but a singular performance for the Americans, who dominated their counterparts from Great Britain & Ireland throughout the weekend to win back the cup at St. Louis Country Club.

“Dreams do come true, that's for sure,” said to the USGA 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.”

The final tally was 13-7 but it was all but over when play started on Sunday.

On the strength of its dominance in the Four-Ball and Foursomes matches on Friday and Saturday, the U.S. held a 9-2 lead entering Sunday's singles matches.

Talley, who plays her college golf at the University of Alabama, won 4 and 3 over Bronte Law in the deciding match.

“It was a privilege that I got to go out first,” said Talley, one of three Curtis Cup players who will compete in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in two weeks. “I was very happy that I got that opportunity and glad I got to secure the point.”

Ally McDonald, Mariah Stackhouse and Annie Park were the other victors on the final day for the U.S.

Over the course of the event, Stackhouse and Park were stellar for Team USA. Park, who plays at USC, won twice on Friday to help the U.S. set the tone. On Saturday, Stanford's Stackhouse was a part of two wins. Both had key victories on Sunday.

The Curtis Cup Match is a biennial competition between the USA and GB&I that dates to 1932 and is conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Ladies Golf Union (LGU).

-Information from the USGA was used in this report

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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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