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Golf News: - Posted 1st August 1998

Mammoth task facing GB & I to retain Curtis Cup

Minneapolis - Great Britain and Ireland's women golfers trail their American counterparts five-and-a-half to three-and-a-half at the halfway stage of the 30th Curtis Cup match over the Minikhda course in Minneapolis.

It means that they face a mammoth task in their bid to retain the trophy tomorrow, needing to collect five-and-a-half of the nine points at stake.

But they were thrown a late night lifeline by English champion Elaine Ratcliffe and Welsh star Becky Morgan who won their matches at the bottom of the order to give them a glimmer of hope.

Morgan actually recovered from being two down at the turn to beat Jo Jo Robertson by two and one while Ratcliffe, who has announced her intention to turn professional, was always too good for 49-year-old Cup veteran Carol Semple-Thompson and she won by three and two.

There was an outstanding performance by Rebecca Hudson, at 19 the youngest member of the British side, who secured a half against recent USA Open champion Jenny Chuasiriporn.

But Hudson wasn't altogether happy as she had been four up after six holes - some brilliant putting by the American prevented her winning that game.

There was huge disappointment for Alison Rose, the heroine of the 1996 Cup triumph at Killarney. She lost both her matches on the opening day.

In the foursomes the only British winners were Ratcliffe, proving to be the outstanding player in the contest, and Rostrun.

Curtis Cup Team

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