CUR­TIS CUP

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The Cur­tis Cup, orig­i­nally

named The Women's In­ter­na­tional Cup was first played in 1932 “To stim­u­late friendly ri­valry among the

women golfers of many lands”. Played bi­en­ni­ally it is one of the best-known team tro­phies for women am­a­teur golfers. It is co-or­gan­ised by the United States Golf As­so­ci­a­tion and The R&A and is con­tested by teams rep­re­sent­ing the United States of Amer­ica and "Great Britain and Ire­land".

Many women who have gone on to be­come stars of women's pro­fes­sional golf have played in the Cur­tis Cup. Those com­peti­tors in­clude U.S. Women's Open cham­pi­ons JoAnne Gun­der­son Carner, Paula Creamer, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Hi­lary Lunke, Hol­lis Stacy and Michelle Wie as well as LPGA Tour stars Beth Daniel, Jes­sica Korda, Stacy Lewis, Nancy Lopez and Lexi Thomp­son. Top Great Britain and Ire­land play­ers in­clude World Golf Hall of Fame

in­ductee Laura Davies, An­gela Bon­nal­lack, Mary McKenna, Ca­tri­ona Matthew, Belle Robert­son, Karen Stup­ples, Ge­or­gia Hall, Bronte Law, Charley Hull and three-time McCor­mack Medal win­ner Leona Maguire.

Last month the USA thrashed Great Britain and Ire­land by a record 17-3 score­line to re­claim the Cur­tis Cup in New York.

The USA en­tered the fi­nal day of the sin­gles matches at Quaker Ridge with a 9-3 lead, and soon sealed a 29th win in the 39th edi­tion of the women's am­a­teur event when win­ning all eight sin­gles matches. The pre­vi­ous largest mar­gin of vic­tory was in 1982, when the US won by 14½-3½.

Amer­ica's Kristen Gill­man be­came only the third player to fin­ish with a max­i­mum five points, fol­low­ing Bronte Law

(2016) and Stacy Lewis (2008).

Gill­man's 5&4 win over Sur­rey's Annabell Fuller and Lucy Li's vic­tory over York­shire's In­dia Cly­burn, by the same mar­gin, were the stand­out per­for­mances by the strong US team on the fi­nal day.

The United States were again clear favourites, with all eight play­ers ranked in­side the world's top 25, in­clud­ing num­ber one Lilia Vu. The 20-year-old recorded a 2up win over Lan­cashire's So­phie Lamb in the sin­gles.

Lamb teamed up with Ire­land's Olivia Me­haf­fey to win both their four­somes matches and halve their four­ball match, while GB&I's other half-point came from Paula Grant and Shan­non McWil­l­liam in the open­ing morn­ing's four ball matches.

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