United States complete record win over GB and Ireland in Curtis Cup

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2018

We're going to stay motivated.

"I was so excited to get out here today", said Schubert, at 22 the oldest US player.

"We have played good golf in spells, particularly on the first day, but at this level you have to have more consistency and at times we've just not performed as well as we would have liked".

Lauren Stephenson sealed her match against Shannon McWilliam in style with a fantastic birdie putt which dropped from around 12 feet to give the 20-year-old a 2&1 victory.

During her afternoon foursome matches, Gillman teamed with fellow Alabama teammate Lauren Stephenson to win the anchor match against GB&I's Paula Grant and Humphreys.

It was the first time the United States had achieved that feat in the singles in 1990, which was also the last time the USA won all four sessions of the match. "Probably even better than we expected". Every single person played really well from morning to afternoon. "We all fought really hard and it's really fun to be able to be so excited for each other".

So Gillman now has a chance to match the feat of USA compatriot Stacy Lewis in 2008 and England's Bronte Law in 2016, in winning all five matches in a single Cup competition since the format was changed to three days a decade ago. Bagpipers led the teams and their coaches onto the field for the flag raising, with captains Virginia Derby Grimes and Elaine Farquharson-Black linked arm-in-arm and leading their teams forward with huge smiles. Every single one of them can beat every single one of the Americans, and we've got to believe that, and we've got to go out fighting. We've got to win from the top. "Everybody contributing and making that point and taking it right down to the last match".

In the other matches, top-ranked Lilia Vu defeated Sophie Lamb 2 up; Jennifer Kupcho, the NCAA individual victor this year for Wake Forest, beat Lily May Humphreys 2 and 1; Andrea Lee edged Alice Hewson 2 and 1; Lauren Stephenson beat Shannon McWilliam 2 and 1; 15-year-old Lucy Li defeated India Clyburn 5 and 4; and Mariel Galdiano held off Paula Grant 1 up.

The hosts, who carried a 4-2 lead from day one, earned five of the six points available in the morning's four-ball matches and afternoon's foursomes at the Quaker Ridge Golf Club. India Clyburn (N.C. State) and Alice Hewson (Clemson) are the only other GB&I team members now playing college golf.

Jennifer Kupcho and Kristen Gillman, United States, def. Olivia Mehaffey and Sophie Lamb, Britain & Ireland, 3 and 2.

Mariel Galdiano and Lilia Vu, United States, def. Alice Hewson and Annabell Fuller, Britain & Ireland, 2 and 1.

15-year-old Lucy Li added a 5&4 victory against India Clyburn before Jennifer Kupcho's 2&1 success over Lily May Humphreys made it 13-3 to the United States.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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