Great Britain and Ireland Rally for Curtis Cup Victory
June 10, 2012
NARIN, Scotland - The Great Britain and Ireland team rallied over the final two rounds and won an impressive five-of-eight singles matches on Sunday to capture its first Curtis Cup in eight tries at the par-72 Nairn Golf Club, 10.5-9.5.
Alabama teammates Brooke Pancake (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Stephanie Meadow (Jordanstown, Northern Ireland) both performed extremely well for their respective teams. Pancake helped win a team USA-best 3.5 points while Meadow captured three points for GB&I to equal the most on her team.
After falling in her first match of the tournament, Meadow reeled off three straight wins to lead GB&I's comeback. On Sunday, she defeated the United States Amy Anderson 4 and 2 to clinch the team win and finish with a 3-1-0 record.
Pancake did all she could for the American's in a losing effort. She crushed GB&I's Leona Maguire 6 and 5 on Sunday to post a 3-1-1 record over her five rounds of play at the Curtis Cup. Pancake, who was anchoring the USA's singles lineup, closed Maguire out in the 13 holes. Pancake will now turn her attention to a professional career, which she begins at next month's U.S. Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis.
The win for Great Britain and Ireland marks the team's first victory since 1996 when they posted an 11.5-6.5 win at the Killarney Golf Club. The USA now leads the all-time Curtis Cup series 27-7-3. The USGA announced following the conclusion of this year's Curtis Cup on Sunday that the 2014 Curtis Cup will be held at the St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club.
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