Walsh putting friendships to one side as GB&I bid to overturn USA in Merion

Ronan MacNamara
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Walsh putting friendships to one side as GB&I bid to overturn USA in Merion

Lauren Walsh (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Lauren Walsh will be coming up against some close friends this week as Great Britain and Ireland travel to Merion to face the USA in the Curtis Cup which kicks off on Friday.

Normally Emilia Migliaccio and roommate Rachel Kuehn would be sharing the stage with Walsh as Wake Forest teammates but the trio will have to put aside their friendship as they make their second successive Curtis Cup appearances this year.

Merion will be well known to golf fans for hosting the 2013 US Open where Justin Rose held off Phil Mickelson to claim his only major title to date but it will be a great test for the players in this year’s Curtis Cup.

Covid has meant the competition is taking place in consecutive years and after coming out on the wrong side at Conwy last year, Walsh will be hoping for better fortunes this week and she knows Migliaccio and Kuehn’s golf games better than anyone.

“I think it’s really cool that Wake is so represented at the Curtis Cup,” Walsh told Wake Forest’s media team. “Rachel and Emilia are two of my closest friends and we’ve practiced countless hours together over the last three years. It’s nice to see our work pay off and have the opportunity to represent our countries. We’re all great competitors and we’re all excited to tee it up for our countries at the highest amateur level.”

Walsh enjoyed a great year with the Deacs, including holing the winning putt as they won the ACC Championship earlier this year while she also finished third individually.

The Kildare woman is 46th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and is not afraid of the big occasion, posting a 1-2-0 record in last year’s Curtis Cup before going on to finish T-42 in the AIG Women’s Open Championship where she was one of three amateurs to make the cut at Carnoustie.

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