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June 08-10 2018
Quaker Ridge Golf Club
Scarsdale, New York

40th Curtis Cup Match

Round 3 - USA wins Curtis Cup 17-3

June10, 2018

Kristen Gillman led a U.S. singles sweep Sunday in the biggest blowout in Curtis Cup history.

Gillman, the 20-year-old University of Alabama star from Austin, Texas, beat 16-year-old Annabell Fuller 5 and 4 for the winning point to cap a perfect weekend at Quaker Ridge.

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The Americans won 17-3, breaking the record for margin of victory of 11 set in a 14 1/2-3 1/2 victory at Denver Country Club in 1982. They improved to 29-8-3 in the series, rebounding from a loss in 2016 at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland.

''I'm very proud of my players,'' U.S. captain Virginia Derby Grimes said. ''They are a phenomenal group of girls. They've been so much fun to be around, and they just gelled and bonded.''

Passed over for the 2016 team, Gillman - the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur champion at age 16 - joined American Stacy Lewis (2008) and England's Bronte Law (2016) as the only players to go 5-0-0 since the format was changed to three days in 2008.

''I felt that definitely motivated me,'' Gillman said. ''That's been one of my main goals the last few years, making the Curtis Cup team. Whenever I didn't feel like practicing, I always had that in the back of my mind. I kept grinding out there.''

Sophia Schubert, the Texas senior and 2017 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, started the singles rout with a 2-and-1 victory over Olivia Mehaffey.

''I was so excited to get out here today,'' said Schubert, at 22 the oldest U.S. player. ''I played OK yesterday and the day before, but I was just ready to come out here and play their best player and just show them what I can do.''

In the other matches, top-ranked Lilia Vu defeated Sophie Lamb 2 up; Jennifer Kupcho, the NCAA individual winner this year for Wake Forest, beat Lily May Humphreys 2 and 1; Andrea Lee edged Alice Hewson 2 and 1; Lauren Stephenson beat Shannon McWilliam 2 and 1; 15-year-old Lucy Li defeated India Clyburn 5 and 4; and Mariel Galdiano held off Paula Grant 1 up.

''It's a challenging course,'' Gillman said. ''You have to make sure you hit a lot of fairways and greens and put pressure on your opponent. I think I did that. It's been so much fun. I couldn't ask for a better group of girls. I've had the best week of my life.''

The U.S. won all five sessions for the first time, and every American earned at least two points.

''We believe in each other so much,'' Vu said. ''When we're on the course together, when it's like foursomes or four-balls, we just read each other's putts. We know it with confidence and just do it.''

The U.S. swept the singles session for the first time since 1990 when it went 6-0 at Somerset Hills New Jersey.

''We're obviously very disappointed with the scoreline and all you can do is congratulate the United States on its win and the very high standard of golf they have played this week,'' Britain and Ireland captain Elaine Farquharson-Black said.

GB&I

Captain: Elaine Farquharson-Black

Score

USA

Captain: Derby Grimes

Day 3
GB&I 3 vs 9 USA

Sunday Singles
Olivia Mehaffey
Sophie Lamb
Lily May Humphreys
Alice Hewson
Shannon McWilliam
Annabell Fuller
India Clyburn
Paula Grant
2&1
2 Up
2&1
2&1
2&1
5&4
5&4
1 Up

Sophia Schubert
Lilia Vu
Jennifer Kupcho
Andrea Lee
Lauren Stephenson
Kristen Gillman
Lucy Li
Mariel Galdiano

Round 2 - Team USA dominating Curtis Cup

June 09, 2018

Kristen Gillman won two more matches and the United States opened a 9-3 lead over Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup at Quaker Ridge.

Gillman, the 20-year-old University of Alabama star from Austin, Texas, improved to 4-0 and helped the Americans move within 1 1/2 points of regaining the cup they lost in 2016 at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland. The U.S. leads the series 28-8-3.

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''I just keep reminding them: Stay focused, one shot at a time, stay in the moment and be patient on the greens,'' U.S/ captain Virginia Derby Grimes said. ''Out here that is what it is all about. ... We're going to stay motivated. It's not over until it's over. Just go out there and play their games and enjoy the walk. It's the same message. We're not going to change anything.''

The United States won five of the six matches Saturday, sweeping the morning four-ball session. Gillman and Jennifer Kupcho got it started by beating Olivia Mehaffey and Sophie Lamb 3 and 2 in the opening match. Lilia Vu and Mariel Galdiano edged Alice Hewson and Annabell Fuller 2 and 1, and 15-year-old Lucy Li and Andrea Lee topped Lily May Humphreys and Shannon McWilliam 3 and 2.

In the afternoon foursomes, Gillman and Crimson Tide teammate Lauren Stephenson routed Annabell Fuller and India Clyburn 6 and 5; Li and Sophia Schubert beat Paula Grant and Shannon McWilliam 7 and 5; and Mehaffey and Lamb defeated Kupcho and Lilia Vu 2 and 1.

''Today was a really great day,'' Stephenson said. ''Probably even better than we expected. Every single person played really well from morning to afternoon. We all fought really hard and it's really fun to be able to be so excited for each other.''

Gillman, the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, will face Annabell Fuller in singles with a chance to join American Stacy Lewis (2008) and England's Bronte Law (2016) as the only players to go 5-0-0 since the format was changed to three days a decade ago.

Britain and Ireland captain Elaine Farquharson-Black held out hope for the eight singles matches.

''We can still do it,'' Farquharson-Black said.'' Every single one of them can beat every single one of the Americans, and we've got to believe that, and we've got to go out fighting. We've got to win from the top. Everybody contributing and making that point and taking it right down to the last match.''

GB&I

Captain: Elaine Farquharson-Black

Score

USA

Captain: Derby Grimes

Day 2
GB&I 3 vs 9 USA

Saturday Foursomes
Olivia Mehaffey / Sophie Lamb
Annabell Fuller / India Clyburn
Paula Grant / Shanon McWilliam
2&1
6&5
7&5

Jennifer Kupcho / Lilia Vu
Kristen Gillman / Lauren Stephenson
Lucy Li / Sophia Schubert
Saturday Four-ball
Olivia Mehaffey / Sophie Lamb
Alice Hewson / Annabell Fuller
LM Humphreys / Shannon McWilliam
3&2
2&1
3&2
Jennifer Kupcho / Kristen Gillman
Mariel Galdiano / Lilia Vu
Lucy Li / Andrea Lee

US take 4-2 lead in Curtis Cup

June 08, 2018

Lilia Vu and Kristen Gillman led the United States to a 4-2 lead over Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup on Friday at Quaker Ridge.

Vu and Gillman beat Alice Hewson and Lily May Humphreys 4 and 3 in the morning four-ball matches, then joined other partners in the afternoon foursomes for two more victories. Vu and Jennifer Kupcho edged Hewson and India Clyburn 2 up; and Gillman and Alabama teammate Lauren Stephenson beat Paula Grant and Humphreys 4 and 2.

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''We know each other's games really well and have similar games,'' Stephenson said about Gillman. ''We hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens and give ourselves a lot of chances. That makes us a very successful team in alternate shot. We only had one bogey and it was a three-putt.''

Olivia Mehaffey and Sophie Lamb earned 1 1/2 points for Britain and Ireland. They halved with Kupcho and 15-year-old Lucy Li in the morning, and beat Mariel Galdiano and Andrea Lee 3 and 2.

Also in the morning, Stephenson and Sophia Schubert halved with Grant and Shannon McWilliam.

The U.S. leads the series 28-8-3. It is trying to regain the cup after falling 11 1/2-8 1/2 in 2016 at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland.

''I look at what's going to be my best pairings to bring three points,'' Britain and Ireland captain Elaine Farquharson-Black said. ''I kind of look at each series individually. The target is to win three. It will be the same tomorrow.''

After another day of four-ball and foursomes matches, the event will close Sunday with singles.

GB&I

Captain: Elaine Farquharson-Black

Score

USA

Captain: Derby Grimes

Day 1
GB&I 2 vs 4 USA

Friday Foursomes
Olivia Mehaffey / Sophie Lamb
Alice Hewson / India Clyburn
Paula Grant / Lily May Humphreys
3&2
2 up
4&2

Mariel Galdiano / Andrea Lee
Jennifer Kupcho / Lilia Vu
Lauren Stephenson / Kristen Gillman
Friday Four-ball
Olivia Mehaffey / Sophie Lamb
Alice Hewson / Lily May Humphreys
Paula Grant / Shannon McWilliam
Halved
4&3
Halved
Jennifer Kupcho / Lucy Li
Lilia Vu / Kristen Gillman
Lauren Stephenson / Sophia Schuber
Saturday Four-ball
Olivia Mehaffey / Sophie Lamb
Alice Hewson / Annabell Fuller
LM Humphreys / Shannon McWilliam
3&2
2&1
3&2
Jennifer Kupcho / Kristen Gillman
Mariel Galdiano / Lilia Vu
Lucy Li / Andrea Lee

Scores

GB&I

Captain: Elaine Farquharson-Black

Score

USA

Captain: Derby Grimes

Day 1
GB&I 2 vs 4 USA

Friday Foursomes
Olivia Mehaffey / Sophie Lamb
Alice Hewson / India Clyburn
Paula Grant / Lily May Humphreys
3&2
2 up
4&2

Mariel Galdiano / Andrea Lee
Jennifer Kupcho / Lilia Vu
Lauren Stephenson / Kristen Gillman
Friday Four-ball
Olivia Mehaffey / Sophie Lamb
Alice Hewson / Lily May Humphreys
Paula Grant / Shannon McWilliam
Halved
4&3
Halved
Jennifer Kupcho / Lucy Li
Lilia Vu / Kristen Gillman
Lauren Stephenson / Sophia Schuber

Day 2
GB&I 3 vs 9 USA

Saturday Foursomes
Olivia Mehaffey / Sophie Lamb
Annabell Fuller / India Clyburn
Paula Grant / Shanon McWilliam
2&1
6&5
7&5

Jennifer Kupcho / Lilia Vu
Kristen Gillman / Lauren Stephenson
Lucy Li / Sophia Schubert

Day 3
GB&I 3 vs 9 USA

Sunday Singles
Olivia Mehaffey
Sophie Lamb
Lily May Humphreys
Alice Hewson
Shannon McWilliam
Annabell Fuller
India Clyburn
Paula Grant
2&1
2 Up
2&1
2&1
2&1
5&4
5&4
1 Up

Sophia Schubert
Lilia Vu
Jennifer Kupcho
Andrea Lee
Lauren Stephenson
Kristen Gillman
Lucy Li
Mariel Galdiano

 




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