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USA Captain Carol Semple Thompson (front center) is surrounded by her team after it won the Curtis Cup for a sixth consecutive Match, this time on the Old Course at St. Andrews. (Matthew Harris/USGA)


United States of America Wins Sixth Consecutive Curtis Cup With 13-7 Victory

St. Andrews, Scotland – Stacy Lewis and Alison Walshe went undefeated to lead the squad from the United States of America to a 13-7 victory over Great Britain and Ireland at the 2008 Curtis Cup Match, which concluded Sunday on the Old Course at St. Andrews.

It was the sixth consecutive win for the Americans in the Match, which features an eight-woman amateur squad from the USA against one representing England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Wales. The last GB&I win came in 1996.

Lewis, a 23-year-old from The Woodlands, Texas, went a perfect 5-0 for the USA, with two foursomes (alternate-shot) and two four-ball (best-ball) victories prior to Sunday’s 3-and-2 singles win over Scotland’s Liz Bennett that clinched the winning point.

Sunday Notebook:

Winning Point A Close Call

St. Andrews, Scotland – As the scoreboard continued to show leads for the USA side during Sunday’s singles matches, the only mystery remaining was which player would have the honor of earning the Curtis Cup-clinching point for the Americans. With two points already achieved, thanks to Tiffany Joh and Kimberly Kim, it now boiled down to two possibilities.

Amanda Blumenherst, playing in the second pairing, and Stacy Lewis, in the third spot, were en route to defeating their Great Britain and Ireland counterparts on the Old Course at St. Andrews.

USA Press Conference With Captain Carol Semple Thompson, Stacy Lewis And Alison Walshe

GB&I Press Conference With Captain Mary Mckenna, Krystle Caithness And Sally Watson

Championship Facts

Curtis Cup Match

PAR AND YARDAGE The Old Course at St. Andrews will be set up at 6,638 yards and par is 36-3672.

GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT The Old Course was not designed by an architect but has evolved over six centuries. Golf was first played over the Old Course in the early 1400s.

THE OLD COURSE AT ST. ANDREWS HOLE-BY-HOLE: Total: 6,638 yards, par 72

SCHEDULE OF PLAY On May 30 and May 31 there will be three foursomes and three four-ball matches. On June 1 there will be eight singles matches (18 holes each).

Starting Times
Friday: 8 a.m. for foursomes; 12:15 p.m. for four-balls
Saturday: 8 a.m. for foursomes; 12:15 p.m. for four-balls
Sunday: 10 a.m. for singles

The 2008 Match will be the first year for the three-day format. The four-ball matches will be new to the Curtis Cup.

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.

FOURSOME A match where two players compete against two other players in alternate-shot format, with each side playing just one ball.

FOUR-BALL A match in which two players (side) play their better ball against the better ball of the two other players (side).

SINGLES A match in which one player plays against another.

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 the Old Course at St. Andrews at 6 p.m. on May 29. The closing ceremony will be held immediately following play Sunday. Both events are open to the public.

ADMISSION For more information about tickets, click here.




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