GB&I Closes Gap To Three Points
Bandon, Ore. – Melissa Reid of Derbyshire, England, thought there was still something to play for, even though her team was four points down Sunday morning and trailing in the two remaining foursomes (alternate shot) matches still on the golf course.
Reid, who teamed with Breanne Loucks of Wales for her team’s first foursomes win of the morning, a one-sided 7-and-5 win over the USA duo of Jennie Lee of Henderson, Nev., and Jenny Suh of Fairfax, Va., put it this way.
“A lot of people thought we were dead and buried, but we didn’t come here for second place,” said Reid, whose team trailed 7-2 after the first day of play in this women’s amateur team competition between the USA and Great Britain and Ireland.
If the Americans held on to their leads in the remaining matches, the Curtis Cup trophy would have been claimed even before the six singles matches took the course on Sunday afternoon. Instead, those two matches turned in favor of Great Britain and Ireland and Reid’s team wound up with a surprising point-and-a-half out of a possible two points.
With just four holes to play in either match, it looked like GB&I would get zero points.
Reid and Loucks were the first to turn things around from Saturday’s poor showing. They were two under par through 13 holes, with the normal concessions given to match play. They were already 4 up after nine holes and then won three consecutive holes to close the match.
“We all knew it could switch just like that,” said USA captain Carol Semple Thompson, 57, of Sewickley, Pa., philosophically. “We now have something to play for this afternoon.”
Jane Park and Taylor Leon of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Dallas, Texas, respectively, let a slim lead slip away in three-putting the final two holes. They halved the 17th and then lost the last hole when Leon missed a five-footer and Tara Delaney of Ireland tapped in from three feet. Each side came away with a half point.
“I was just thinking, ‘Pick your spot and go through the basics. Don’t think about what it means,’” said Delaney.
But the most surprising lapse came in the strongest and final USA pairing of Paige Mackenzie of Yakima, Wash., and Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz. They bogeyed and lost the 16th and 17th holes to fall 1 down. They two sides halved the last hole, giving GB&I a full point.
No team has ever come back from a five-point deficit after the first day. But Ada O’Sullivan’s squad is thinking it’s not out of the question.
“We are here for one purpose and that is to win the Curtis Cup,” said the GB&I captain. “We’re not interested in coming here and having second place. No.”
Not surprisingly, O’Sullivan has Reid and Delaney in the clean-up spots of her afternoon line-up, hoping they get a chance to swing away with something on the line.Craig Smith is the USGA's Director of Media Relations. E-mail him with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curtis Cup Match
PAR AND YARDAGE The Pacific Dunes Course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is set up at 6,217/6,221 yards and par is 36-3571.
GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT Tom Doak designed Bandon Dunes Pacific Dunes Course, which opened in 2001.
BANDON DUNES GOLF RESORT (PACIFIC DUNES COURSE) HOLE-BY-HOLE: Total: 6,217/6,221 yards, par 71
SCHEDULE OF PLAY On Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30, there will be three foursomes matches (18 holes each) each morning and six singles matches (18 holes each) each afternoon.
WHAT IS THE CURTIS CUP MATCH? The Curtis Cup Match is contested by women amateur golfers, one team from the United States of America (USA) and one team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (GB&I). The teams consist of not more than eight players and a captain. The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the United States and Great Britain/Ireland.
THE FOURSOME Foursomes is a match where two players compete against two other players in alternate shot format, with each side playing just one ball.
SCORING A victory in each match scores one point. In the event a match goes 18 holes without a decision, one-half point is awarded to each side.
OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES The flag raising ceremony will be held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort at 6 p.m. Friday (PDT). The closing ceremony will be held immediately following play Sunday. Both events are open to the public.
TELEVISION COVERAGE The Golf Channel will air two hours of Curtis Cup coverage, from 4 to 6 p.m. PDT each day.
ADMISSION Admission is free of charge and spectators are encouraged to attend.