GB and I skipper Elaine Farquharson-Black wanted a flying start by her squad to the 39th Curtis Cup match at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, near Dublin. And her happy bunch of players responded in great style. After nine holes of the opening foursomes session, GB and I were leading in all three ties.
Top-8 world-rankers Olivia Mehaffey and Bronte Law were two up against the American combination of Hannah O'Sullivan, the world's No 1-ranked female amateur whose grandparents were born at Tipperary and Limerick, and Mariel Galdiano.
O'Sullivan and Galdiano bogeyed the opening hole and did not get back on level terms until they won the long fifth with a birdie 4. Mehaffey and Law countered with a birdie 4 at the next par-5, the seventh to regain a one-hole lead.
The GB and I pair went two up with a birdie 2 at the short eighth and halved the ninth in par to be two up after nine holes.
Charlotte Thomas and Leona Maguire lost the first to a birdie, the third with a bogey and the fifth to a birdie but in between won the fourth with a par. The home team then won three holes in a row from the sixth when their opponents, Andrea Lee and Mika Liu, bogeyed the sixth, lost the seventh birdie 4, and then lost the short eighth to a par to give Thomas and Maguire the lead for the first time.
Meghan MacLaren and Maria Dunne were three up after eight holes against Bailey Tardy and Monica Vaughn, having won the first with a par, the fourth with a par, halved the long fifth in birdies, halved the long seventh in birdies and then produced another birdie to win the short eighth.