US Takes Early Lead at Curtis Cup
In the morning foursomes (alternate shot), Blumenherst, of Scottsdale, Ariz., paired with Tiffany Joh of San Diego, Calif., for a nail-biting 1-up victory over Breanna Loucks and Florentyna Parker. Blumenherst and Joh held a 5-up lead after 12 holes but the GB&I duo rallied to cut the deficit to 1 down heading to the 18th green. After Joh missed her birdie attempt on No. 18, Parkers 6-footer for birdie slid by the hole, allowing the Americans to hold on for the narrow victory.
Lewis, of The Woodlands, Texas paired with Alison Walshe of Westford, Mass., for the USAs other foursomes victory Friday morning. Lewis and Walshe trailed 2 down to Elizabeth Bennett of England and Jodi Ewart of Scotland after five holes, but came back to earn a 3-and-1 victory for the USAs first point of the Match.
Blumenherst and Lewis then paired to earn the USAs final point of the day with a 3-and-1 victory over Bennett and Parker in the afternoons four-ball (better-ball) matches.
Its always nice to start off with two wins and help the team out a little bit, said Blumenherst, who was also a member of the victorious 2006 USA Curtis Cup team. Im also playing really well so its a good way to start the weekend.
The success of two of Americas most decorated collegiate players did not come as a surprise to USA Captain Carol Semple Thompson.
I did have very high expectations for both of them going into this, so Im not at all surprised that they played well, said Thompson, a 12-time Curtis Cupper for the USA. They teamed well together this afternoon to come back from three down.
Scotland teenager Sally Watson earned two points for the GB&I side, first pairing with fellow Scot Michele Thomson to earn a 1-up foursomes victory over Mina Harigae of Monterey, Calif., and Jennie Lee of Henderson, Nev. Watson then paired with Krystle Caithness, also of Scotland, to earn a 3-and-2 win over Joh and Meghan Bolger of Oakland Park, Fla., in the afternoons four-balls.
The two youngest American players, Harigae, 18, and 16-year-old Kimberly Kim of Hilo, Hawaii, earned the other USA four-balls point with a 3-and-2 victory over Thomson and Scotlands Carly Booth, at 15 the youngest player in the Match.
Harigae and Lee, who were 4 down to Watson and Thomson in the morning, rallied to close the deficit to one hole before losing on No. 18. Harigae said the comeback helped her in the afternoon match with Kim, the 2006 U.S. Womens Amateur champ.
It was a good momentum kind of thing, said Harigae, the reigning U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links champion. I felt really good and I was pumped because I started playing that back nine and then I just carried it on.
The teams will again play three foursomes and three four-ball matches Saturday. All eight players for each side will then play singles on Sunday. The USA needs nine points to retain the Curtis Cup, while GB&I needs 9 points to win the Cup back for the first time since the 1996 Match.
The Curtis Cup Match is a womens amateur team competition played every other year, with one squad from the USA and the other representing England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Wales.
Results of the first round of foursomes (alternate shot) and four-balls (best ball) at the 2008 Curtis Cup Match, played Friday at the par-72, 6,638-yard Old Course at St. Andrews.
Stacy Lewis, The Woodlands, Texas, and Alison Walshe, Westford, Mass. (USA) def. Liz Bennett, Sway, England, and Jodi Ewart, Middleham, England (GB&I), 3 and 1
Sally Watson, Elie, Scotland, and Michele Thomson, Ellon, Scotland (GB&I) def. Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif., and Jennie Lee, Henderson, Nev. (USA), 1 up
Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tiffany Joh, San Diego, Calif. (USA) def. Breanne Loucks, Wrexham, Wales, and Florentyna Parker, Southport, England (GB&I), 1 up
Kimberly Kim, Hilo, Hawaii, and Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. (USA) def. Carly Booth, Comrie, Scotland, and Michele Thomson, Ellon, Scotland (GB&I), 3 and 2
Sally Watson, Elie, Scotland, and Krystle Caithness, Cellardyke, Scotland (GB&) def. Tiffany Joh, San Diego, Calif., and Meghan Bolger, Oakland Park, Fla. (USA), 3 and 2
Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Stacy Lewis, The Woodlands, Texas (USA) def. Florentyna Parker, Southport, England, and Liz Bennett, Sway, England (GB&), 3 and 1
Pairings for the second round of foursomes (alternate-shot) matches to be played Saturday morning at the par-72, 6,638-yard Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland (times are EDT):
3 a.m. ' Carly Booth, Comrie, Scotland, and Breanne Loucks, Wrexham, Wales (GB&I) vs. Kimberly Kim, Hilo, Hawaii and Jennie Lee, Henderson, Nev. (USA)
3:12 a.m. ' Sally Watson, Elie, Scotland, and Krystle Caithness, Cellardyke, Scotland (GB&) vs. Alison Walshe, Westford, Mass., and Stacy Lewis, The Woodlands, Texas (USA)
3:24 a.m. ' Liz Bennett, Sway, England and Jodi Ewart, Middleham, England (GB&) vs. Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tiffany Joh, San Diego, Calif. (USA)
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18