U.S. opens big lead at Curtis Cup

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Three different players earned 1 1/2 points for the Americans on Friday as the United States grabbed a 5-1 lead over Great Britain & Ireland after the first day of the Curtis Cup.

Emma Talley, Alison Lee, Ally McDonald each won a match and halved a match to help the Americans take a 4-point lead after the first day at St. Louis Country Club.

Tally and Mariah Stackhouse earned a 2 & 1 win over GB&I's Stephanie Meadow and Georgia Hall in the first four-ball match Friday morning.

Lee and Kyung Kim cruised to a 4 & 3 triumph over Annabel Dimmock and Gemma Dryburgh. McDonald teamed with Annie Park to pick up an easy 4 & 3 victory over Bronte Law and Charlotte Thomas, and give the Americans a 3-0 sweep of the morning matches.

Park and Erynne Lee rolled to a 3 & 1 win over GB&I's Eilidh Briggs and Gabriella Cowley to earn the lone foursomes win for the Americans in the afternoon.

Americans Alison Lee and Ashlan Ramsey erased a late deficit to earn a halve against Meadow and Hall. Dimmock and Law led most of their match, but needed a par on the 18th hole to earn a halve with Talley and McDonald.

Park and Erynne Lee lost the first hole, but squared the match on the second. They won three in a row from the fifth. Briggs and Cowley fought back within 1-down after 12 holes, but Park and Lee closed out the match with a birdie on 16 and a par on 17.

Ramsey and Alison Lee won two of the first three holes and kept their lead until the 12th, where Meadow and Hall carded a par to square the match. Meadow and Hall birdied Nos. 14 and 15, but Ramsey and Lee birdied the 16th and 18th to square the match.

Dimmock and Law won the first two holes and the held on to their lead until they made bogey on the 13th and that squared the match. Talley and McDonald won the next two holes to go 2-up, but Dimmock and Law won the 16th and 18th, both with pars, to halve the match.

There will be three more foursomes and three more four-ball matches on Saturday before the eight singles matches on Sunday.

06/06 20:33:00 ET

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