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GB&I trail 4-2 after first day of Curtis Cup

The United States hold a 4-2 lead over Great Britain and Ireland after the first day ofS the 40th Curtis Cup match at Quaker Ridge.

The hosts won both the morning fourballs and afternoon foursomes by a 2-1 scoreline to take a two point lead going into the second day.  

Olivia Mehaffey and Sophie Lamb were the highlight for GB&I, winning one one and half points over the two sessions.

Mehaffey and Lamb battled back from three down in the morning foursomes to earn a half on the last hole. They continued that momentum into the afternoon, defeating the United States' Mariel Galdiano and Andrea Lee 4&3.

“We lost the first hole this afternoon and then it was just really relaxing to get two holes back," said Mehaffey. "On the 3rd I holed a really good putt and from then on we felt really comfortable once we got that one hole lead.

“It didn't really look like changing at any stage once we got that hole back and I think we just got on a nice run and even when we lost a hole, we managed to get one back. It just felt like we were quite comfortable out there with our lead.”

Lamb added, “Olivia and I have practiced a lot in the last week or so and have been playing together. We're really good friends off the course.

“This afternoon was more strategic than the fourballs. You have to think ‘okay, where does your partner want it?’ rather than where you want to hit it. We had a few times like that where I was asking ‘where do you want to ball to finish?’ and it seemed to work.”

Captain Elaine Farquharson-Black said she was "disappointed" with the result but confident of a fightback. 

"I thought in the morning we hit the ball closer to the pin but they holed out for 15-footers. We would hit it to five feet, then they would hit it to 15 feet and they'd hole for the birdie and then we were holing ours for the halve. It was a good fight-back this morning from Olivia Mehaffey and Sophie Lamb and they birdied three of the last four holes.

“You saw the reverse in the last match when we were leading and then the Americans birdied three of the last four holes. I think the afternoon just got a little bit away from us around the 13th and 14thholes. We lost on the 14th in two of the matches. We won one. In the bottom match, the Americans were six-under-par which is really good scoring for foursomes. I think there were a couple of putts that we didn't make. They made more putts on the day.”

Olivia Mehaffey and Sophie Lamb teamed up to deliver 1 and a half points for GB&I.
Olivia Mehaffey and Sophie Lamb teamed up to deliver 1 and a half points for GB&I.

Results:

Morning Fourballs

Olivia Mehaffey / Sophie Lamb (GB&I) vs. Jennifer Kupcho / Lucy Li (USA) – Match Halved

Alice Hewson / Lily May Humphreys (GB&I) vs. Lilia Vu / Kristen Gillman (USA) – United States win 4&3.

Paula Grant / Shannon McWilliam (GB&I) vs. Lauren Stephenson / Sophia Schubert – Match Halved

Afternoon Foursomes

Olivia Mehaffey / Sophie Lamb (GB&I) vs. Mariel Galdiano / Andrea Lee (USA) – Great Britain and Ireland win 3&2      

Alice Hewson / India Clyburn (GB&I) vs. Jennifer Kupcho / Lilia Vu (USA) – United States win by two holes

Paula Grant / Lily May Humphreys (GB&I) vs. Lauren Stephenson / Kristen Gillman – United States win 4&2