Stunning fightback wins Curtis Cup for GB&I
Great Britain and Ireland’s leading women amateurs produced a stunning fightback to defeat their American counterparts in the 37th Curtis Cup match at Nairn.
Two days after suffering a 3-0 whitewash in the opening foursomes the young GB&I team led by captain, Tegwen Matthews, bounced back by winning the singles 5-3 to record a narrow 10 ½ - 9 ½ victory in the match.
The victory marked the first time that GB & I had won the biennial contest in eight attempts stretching back to 1996 and it confirmed that for the first time in history the Ryder Cup, Walker Cup, Solheim Cup and Curtis Cup all reside on this side of the Atlantic.
“This is the best thing that has ever happened to me in my whole life,” confirmed Matthews at the close of the presentation ceremony. “I can’t praise my team enough for the way they fought back from the terrible start we made on Friday.
“They were very disappointed after the defeats that first morning but became even more determined to battle back and win the trophy."
"I’m exceptionally proud of them all, she added. “I was confident they could do it as they had the talent and desire to win. Each character in this team is very strong.”
The GB & I team was trailing 6 ½ - 5 ½ heading into the concluding singles series but immediately gained the initiative when Kelly Tidy, Amy Boulden and Holly Clyburn won the first three matches on the course. Pamela Pretswell, Bronte Law and Leona Maguire all lost but Charley Hull claimed a 5 & 3 victory over Lindy Duncan before Stephanie Meadow claimed the decisive point with a 4 & 2 win over Amy Anderson.
US Captain, Pat Cornett, who broke her ankle in a freak buggy accident on the first day of the contest, was magnanimous in defeat: “We are obviously disappointed but I think this (result) is good for the game and the Curtis Cup,” she said. “We started out strong but in the end couldn’t keep it going.”
During the closing ceremony it was announced that the 2016 Curtis Cup would be held at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club in Ireland.