Day 1 Foursomes Set for Curtis Cup


St. Andrews, Scotland ' The three veterans in this years Match will all play in the morning foursomes (alternate-shot) matches as the 2008 Curtis Cup gets underway Friday at the Old Course in St. Andrews.
Amanda Blumenherst, 21, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jennie Lee, 21, of Henderson, Nev., are Duke teammates who were both part of the victorious 2006 USA team. Blumenherst will team with the 2006 U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links champion, 21-year-old Tiffany Joh of San Diego, Calif., against Florentyna Parker, 18, of Southport, England, and 20-year-old Breanne Loucks of Wrexham, Wales, the lone veteran from the GB&Is 2006 Curtis Cup team.
Lee will pair with reigning U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links champion Mina Harigae, 18, of Monterey, Calif., against a pair of Scottish teenagers, Sally Watson, 16, of Elie, and Michele Thomson, 19, of Ellon.
The mornings first foursomes match will feature the GB&Is Liz Bennett, 25, of Sway, England, and Jodi Ewart, 20, of Middleham, England against Stacy Lewis,23, of The Woodlands, Texas, and Alison Walshe, 22, of Westford, Mass.
At the 2006 Curtis Cup, the Americans swept the first-day foursomes to take control of the Match early en route to a five-point victory, 11 to 6.
The pairings for Friday afternoons four-ball (best ball) matches will be announced after the conclusion of Friday mornings foursomes. This is the first year four-balls will be a part of the Match, which now consists of three foursomes and three four-ball matches on Friday and Saturday and eight singles matches on Sunday.
This is the first time the Curtis Cup Match is being contested over the Old Course at St. Andrews, (par 72, 6,638 yards). Previously, the course has hosted four British Womens Open Amateurs, nine Scottish Ladies (Close) Amateur Championships and last years Womens British Open, won by Lorena Ochoa.
Pairings for the first round of foursomes (alternate shot) to be played Friday morning at the par-72, 6,638-yard Old Course (Times are EDT):
Match 1
3 a.m. ' Liz Bennett, Sway, England, and Jodi Ewart, Middleham, England (GB&I) vs. Stacy Lewis, The Woodlands, Texas, and Alison Walshe, Westford, Mass. (USA)
Match 2
3:12 a.m. ' Sally Watson, Elie, Scotland, and Michele Thomson, Ellon, Scotland (GB&I) vs. Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif., and Jennie Lee, Henderson, Nev. (USA)
Match 3
3:24 a.m. ' Breanne Loucks, Wrexham, Wales, and Florentyna Parker, Southport, England (GB&I) vs. Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tiffany Joh, San Diego, Calif. (USA)