NAIRN, Scotland – Captain Pat Cornett will attempt to guide the United States to Curtis Cup victory against Great Britain and Ireland on crutches after breaking her ankle Friday in a cart mishap in the amateur women's competition.
Cornett, a 56-year-old professor of medicine, was a passenger when the cart crashed into a grandstand near the first tee after lunch. After her team won all three morning foursome matches, she was taken to a hospital and put in a cast.
Twelve-time U.S. Curtis Cup player Carole Semple Thompson took over as captain, and the team won the first of the afternoon fourball matches to go up 4 points.
However, GB&I won the last two matches to trail 4-2 heading to Saturday's second round of foursome and fourball matches.
''Despite breaking her ankle, Pat is in good spirits and ready to resume her captaincy tomorrow,'' said Christina Lance, the coordinator of championship communications with the U.S. Golf Association.
Semple Thompson played on eight winning U.S. teams and travelled to Scotland as a guest of the USGA.
Amy Anderson and Emily Tubert put the U.S. up 4-0 when they defeated the No. 4 duo Charley Hull and Pam Pretswell 4 and 3. However, Britain and Ireland rallied to halve the deficit.