Friday, June 10, 2016


GB and I take 2-1 lead after morning foursomes

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  campers responded in great style.
After nine holes of the opening foursomes session, GB and I were just about leading in all three ties. In the end, the Americans won the last foursome, leaving GB and I 2-1 ahead at the end of the first session of play
Top eight 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, theT 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.

O'Sullivan and Galdiano won back the 10th which the GB and I pair bogeyed.
The 12th was halved in birdie 4s and the Americans also birdied the 13th to get back to all square for the first time since the sixth.
 Mehaffey and Law responded with their fourth birdie in a span of eight holes with a 3 at the 14th to nose in front again.
The Americans bogeyed the short 16th to go dormie tOwo down.
A half in birdie 4s at the next gave Mehaffey and Law a 2 and 1 victory with brilliant four-under-par figures (five birdies, one bogey).
O'Sullivan and Galdiano were two under par - and still lost!
Charlotte Thomas and Leona Maguire lost the first (to a birdie), the third with a bogey and the fifth to a birdie but hung on in there until the nerves settled and won the fourth with a par, then three holes in a row from the sixth when their opponents, Andrea Lee and Mika Liu, bogeyed the sixth, parred the long seventh (losing the hole to the home birdie 4, and then the Americans bogeyed the short eighth for Thomas and Maguire to lead for the first time.
The Americans birdid the ninth to draw level again but then ran up a double bogey at the 10th, allowing Thomas and Maguire to regain a one-hole lead, even with a bogey 5!
The GB and I pair won the 13th with a birdie 3 to go back to two up and then took the 14th with a par 4 to establish a three-hole lead.
Lee and Liu conceded the short 16th to lose the match by 4 and 1.
Thomas and Maguire put the first point on the board for GB and I at 11.43am with level par figures.

Meghan MacLaren and Maria Dunne were three up after eight holes on 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.

Tardy got their third birdie in five holes - a 3 at the ninth, to c-ut their deficit to two holes. 
Holes 10 and 11 were halved before MacLaren and Dunn bogeyed the long 12th to see their lead cut to one hole. 
The GB and I pair conceded the 14th to be pulled back to all square with four to play. 
After nail-biting halves in par at the 15th, 16th and 17th, Vaughn and Tardy won the par-4 18th with a two-putt 4 to win the match by one hole.
GB and I took three to get down from pin high to the right of the green.
The Americans were level par at the finish with three bogeys and bogeys at three of the first four holes.