Americans take commanding lead at Curtis Cup


Despite an interruption from the weather, the U.S. sits on the verge of winning back the Curtis Cup.

After taking a 5-1 lead after Day 1, the Americans increased their lead to 9-2 with one match still on the course when play was suspended Saturday at St. Louis Country Club because of darkness after a delay earlier in the day for inclement weather. Ally McDonald and Mariah Stackhouse from Team USA hold a 1-up lead through 15 holes over Stephanie Meadow and Georgia Hall in the anchor match of Saturday foursomes.

The Americans won two of the three matches during the morning four-ball session, with Alison Lee and Kyung Kim teaming for a win over Meadow and Hall, 4 and 2, while Mariah Stackhouse and Emma Talley combined for a 2-and-1 victory over Gabriella Cowley and Gemma Dryburgh. Annabel Dimmock and Bronte Law contributed the only point for Great Britain & Ireland, edging Annie Park and Erynne Lee by a 1-up margin.

After the conclusion of the final foursomes match, a total of eight singles matches will be played to determine the winner of the event, with the U.S. needing another 1.5 points to win back the Cup. Team GB & I won in 2012 by a 10.5-9.5 margin, but the U.S. holds a 27-7-3 overall advantage in the event and has not lost on home soil since 1986.

A beinnial event styled after the Ryder Cup, the Curtis Cup traditionally pits the top female amateurs from the U.S. against the top amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland.