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United States out to Curtis Cup lead

Manchester, MA (Sports Network) - The United States used a sweep in the morning foursomes matches Friday to jump out to a 4-2 lead after the first day of the Curtis Cup.

The Great Britain & Ireland team was able to stay away from falling far behind only after winning the final two fourball matches in the afternoon.

The U.S. has won seven consecutive Curtis Cup titles, and holds a 27-6-3 all- time record in the biennial event. It is in good position for another victory thanks to a strong showing in the foursomes portion of Friday's competition.

Lindy Duncan and Lisa McCloskey earned the most resounding victory, a 5 & 4 decision against Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow. Amy Anderson and Tiffany Lua recorded a 2 & 1 win against Holly Clyburn and Bronte Law, while Austin Ernst and Brooke Pancake beat Kelly Tidy and Amy Boulden, 1-up.

Anderson helped the Americans grab the first point in the fourball, or better- ball, competition, teaming with Emily Tubert for a 4 & 3 win against Pamela Pretswell and Charley Hull.

That gave the U.S. a 4-0 lead, but Great Britain & Ireland managed to get the final two points of the day.

Tidy and Clyburn beat Pancake and Erica Popson, 2 & 1, while Law and Boulden were 3 & 2 winners against Duncan and McCloskey.

Saturday will again feature three foursome matches and three fourball matches. The format switches to singles for Sunday, when there are eight matches.

06/08 14:03:59 ET

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