USA Retains Curtis Cup With 10-8 Victory

 

The USA team and its captain, Martha Kirouac (center), stand with the Curtis Cup after capturing the 2004 Match at Formby Golf Club.  (Sam Greenwood/USGA)

Merseyside, England Liz Janangelo's 1-up singles victory over Shelley McKevitt of England retained the Curtis Cup for the United States of America on Sunday at Formby Golf Club. The point by Janangelo of West Hartford, Conn., gave the USA its ninth point of the 33rd Match against Great Britain and Ireland, thus retaining the Cup for a fourth consecutive Match.

 

The USA needed only nine points to keep the Cup since it already owned possession of it coming into the two-day competition. GB&I needed 9½ points to regain the Cup, something it hasn't accomplished since the 1996 Match at Killarney Golf and Field Club (Killeen Course) in Ireland.

 

Annie Thurman of Highland, Utah ensured the USA of an outright victory when she edged Danielle Masters of England in the last singles match, 1 up, making the final margin 10-8 in favor of the USA. Thurman, the 2002 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion, went 3-1 to lead the USA players. She won three consecutive holes, starting with a par-4 on the 353-yard 14th, to take control against Masters. She assured the USA of an outright victory when she took a two-hole lead after Masters bogeyed the par-3, 120-yard 16th. More...

 

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View photos from the 33rd Curtis Cup played June 12-13 at Formby Golf Club in Merseyside, England. The USA posted a 10-8 victory to retain the cup for the fourth consecutive Match More...

 

 

USA, GB&I Tied 6-6 Going Into Sunday Singles

 

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Brittany Lang of the USA reacts during foursomes action Sunday morning at Formby Golf Club.  Lang and Annie Thurman teamed to give the USA its lone foursomes point.  (Sam Greenwood/USGA)

continued to struggle in foursomes (alternate shot) competition at the 33rd Curtis Cup, losing two of three matches Sunday morning at Formby Golf Club as Great Britain and Ireland tied the Match at 6-6 going into the six afternoon singles matches.

 

Annie Thurman of Highland, Utah, and Brittany Lang of McKinney, Texas, posted the lone USA victory with a decisive 5-and-4 win over England's Nicola Timmins and Danielle Masters in the final match of the morning. Thurman and Lang recorded three consecutive birdies, starting with Thurman's chip-in at the par-4, 375-yard 2nd hole, to take control early.

 

Emma Duggleby and Shelley McKevitt, both of England, got the GB&I side off to a good start with a 2-and-1 win over Erica Blasberg of Corona, Calif., and Sarah Huarte of Shingle Springs, Calif. Duggleby and McKevitt built a 5-up lead after 10 holes and then held on for the win. Duggleby, who played in the previous two Curtis Cups, is a perfect 3-0 in the Match, having posted the lone win in singles on Saturday afternoon. She went 2-2 in 2002 at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.

 

Michelle Wie of Honolulu, Hawaii, at 14 the youngest USA competitor ever in the Curtis Cup, and Liz Janangelo of West Hartford, Conn., dropped a 3-and-2 decision to Anne Laing of Scotland and Claire Coughlin of Ireland. Starting at the 10th, Laing and Coughlin won three consecutive holes to take a 4-up lead and held on from there, losing just the 15th. Coughlin holed a 6-footer for birdie on the 16th to halve the hole and close out the match. More...