The USA staged a stirring comeback on the second day of the 41st Curtis Cup at Conwy Golf Club in Wales today.
Trailing Great Britain and Ireland by three points after the opening day, the Americans, led by Captain Sarah Ingram, fought back to ensure the match sits level at 6-6 going into the final day singles on Saturday.
The USA made their intentions clear from the off in the morning foursomes with lead pairing Rose Zhang and Rachel Heck notching a convincing 3&2 victory over the Scottish pairing of Louise Duncan and Hannah Darling. Rachel Kuehn and Emilia Migliaccio kept up the resurgence defeating Englishwomen Annabell Fuller and Charlotte Heath by the same margin.
The USA didn’t have it all their own way, however, and the English pairing of Emily Toy and Caley McGinty secured an important half point at the last hole against Jensen Castle and Brooke Matthews. Toy holed from 3ft for a winning par five after McGinty had found the rough to the right of the green with her approach.
That left the score at 5-4 in Great Britain and Ireland’s favour going into the afternoon fourballs.
The USA continued to ramp up the pressure in the fourballs. Kuehn and Castle seized the initiative in their match with Duncan and Lauren Walsh to go 3 up after eight and, despite Duncan reducing the deficit to one hole with birdies at the 9th and 11th, the Americans eased to a 3&2 win.
Darling and Fuller continued their successful fourball partnership by clinching a hard-fought encounter with Heck and Kim by 4&3. Darling, the Girls Amateur and St Rule Trophy champion, maintained her rich vein of form and her excellent driving was complemented by Fuller’s strong approach play as the match swung in GB&I’s favour after the turn.
In the final match of the day the USA’s Allisen Corpuz carded four birdies in five holes from the 3rd to take control of her and Zhang’s match against Toy and McGinty. The GB&I pairing battled to stay in the match but ultimately Corpuz sealed victory with a lengthy putt from off the green on the 16th.
“We weren’t quite here this morning,” said GB&I team captain Ratcliffe. “America came out strong, we didn’t push them and they got some really good wins. This afternoon we took our time and then I think those back ten holes we played some really good golf. To be fair to the American team, they did as well.
“Everybody’s got their role, everybody knows what they have got to do. Obviously we know we’ve got to get points on the board but we’re looking forward to the challenge. This is what they have dreamt about doing, going out on the final day with an opportunity to win the Cup. They will seal their own fate and I’m looking forward to a really stunning day of really good competitive golf.”
Lurgan’s Annabel Wilson didn’t feature on Friday. The match continues with the final day singles getting underway from 10am tomorrow.
For the final day singles draw please visit RandA.org.