U.S. completes dominant victory at the Curtis Cup
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - The United States collected 3 1/2 of a possible eight points during Sunday's singles matches, but that was plenty to win the Curtis Cup.
The Americans led by a margin of 9 1/2 to 2 1/2 after the final foursomes match was halved Sunday morning, and needing just a single point to claim the cup, Emma Talley defeated Bronte Law, 4 & 3, in the first singles match of the day to seal the dominant victory.
That opening match was all square through three holes before Talley rolled in consecutive birdies at the fourth and fifth to claim a 2-up advantage.
The lead stretched to three following another birdie for Talley at the 12th and after the duo traded pars for the next two holes, Law 3-putted the 15th for bogey before Talley converted her par putt to win the match and secure the Cup for the United States.
"When Captain (Ellen) Port put me out first, I wanted to get it done for my team so they could play their hearts out today," said Talley. "We all wanted to play for each other this week. It was a privilege that I got to go out first. I was very happy that I got that opportunity and secured the point. It was definitely an honor."
Great Britain & Ireland would go on to win four of the remaining seven matches of the day, but the rally was too late as the Americans earned a 13-7 decision.
Great Britain & Ireland's victories came from Georgia Hall's 3 & 2 decision over Kyung Kim, Gemma Dryburgh's 1-up win over Ashlan Ramsey, Charlotte Thomas' 2-up victory over Erynne Lee and Stephanie Meadow's 2 & 1 effort over Alison Lee.
Aside from Talley, the Americans received wins from Ally McDonald and Annie Park. McDonald defeated Annabel Dimmock, 4 & 3, and Park downed Gabriella Cowley, 5 & 4.
GB&I's Eilidh Briggs and American Mariah Stackhouse halved their match to finalize the scoring for the day.
06/08 20:37:31 ET