Great Britain and Ireland hold a slender 2-1 lead after the first foursomes at the 39th Curtis Cup match at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club near Dublin.
The home team were 2-0 up after Bronte Law and Olivia Mehaffey beat Hannah O’Sullivan and Mariel Galdiano 2 & 1 and Charlotte Thomas and Leona Maguire claimed a 4 & 2 victory over Andrea Lee and Mika Liu but America’s Bailey Tardy and Monica Vaughn prevented a whitewash when they won the last match by 1 hole after Maria Dunne and Meghan MacLaren failed to get up-and-down from just off the 18th green.
The large and enthusiastic crowd was treated to some marvellous golf with the best of the lot coming from Thomas and Maguire who were four under par when they ended their match on the 16th green. Their luckless opponents were a creditable two under par at that point but unable to live with the golf they came up against.
The contest continues this afternoon with three fourballs. In the top match Maguire and Law will be hoping to continue their winning ways against Bethany Wu and Sierra Brooks.
Mehaffey and Thomas pair up for the second match against O’Sullivan and Galdiano while in the third fourball England’s Alice Hewson makes her first appearance when she partners compatriot MacLaren against Tardy and Vaughn.
“It has been a great start to the match,” said GB & I captain, Elaine Farquharson-Black. “Obviously we would have been happier if we had got something out of the last match but, if you’d said we’d be 2-1 up at lunch, I certainly would have taken that.