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Team USA Takes First Day Lead at Curtis Cup



June 6, 2014

ST. LOUIS - The 2014 Curtis Cup Match began Friday at the St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club with two Alabama golfers facing off in the opening four-ball match.

Stephanie Meadow, one of the heroes of Great Britain and Ireland's 2012 Curtis Cup victory, teamed up with Georgia Hall in the first four-ball match against Team USA's Emma Talley and Mariah Stackhouse. Talley and Stackhouse would come out on top with a 2 and 1 victory that they led from the fourth hole on.

The Americans swept the three morning four-ball matches to for the early lead. The Great Britain and Ireland then earned a half in the first and third afternoon foursomes, as Team USA jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first day of action.

The remaining four-ball matches in the morning saw USA's Alison Lee and Kyung Kim defeat Annabel Dimmock and Gemma Dryburgh 4 and 3 while American's Annie Park and Ally McDonald downed Bronte Law and Charlotte Thomas 4 and 3 as well.

Meadow got GB&I on the scoreboard in the afternoon foursomes as she paired with Hall once again to halve their match with Ashlan Ramsey and Lee. Talley, from Princeton, Ky., teamed with Mississippi State's McDonald in the afternoon foursomes and halved their match with Dimmock and Law. Park and Erynne Lee also defeated Eilidh Briggs and Gabriella Cowley 3 and 1.

Saturday action begins at 8 a.m. with three Four-Ball matches in the morning, followed by three Foursomes matches in the afternoon. Play concludes Sunday, with the eight singles' matches in the afternoon.

The United States owns a 27-7-3 edge over Great Britain and Ireland in the 37 pervious Curtis Cup Matches. The Americans has won seven straight (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010) matches before Meadow led the GB&I team to victory at Nairn in 2012.

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