Team USA wins the Curtis Cup by five points after dominating singles at Conwy

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Source: Skysports

At Conwy Golf Club, Team USA won six of the eight singles matches to retain the Curtis Cup with a 12.5-7.5 victory, their first away win since 2008.

In a devastating five-point victory over Great Britain and Ireland at Conwy, Team USA dominated the final-day singles to regain the Curtis Cup.

Caley McGinty was the only home player to win a singles match in a one-sided match, with the visitors winning six of the eight sets to win 12.5-7.5, their first away win since 2008.

Elaine Ratcliffe’s team was hoping for a third straight triumph on home soil after taking a three-point lead on day one, but Team USA recovered on Friday to tie the overall score and carry that momentum into the singles.

Despite being three up on Jensen Castle with four holes to go, Hannah Darling was denied a win in the top match. Darling bogeyed the 15th and 16th holes before Castle birdied the last to snare an improbable half.

Rachel Heck and Brooke Matthews added to the tally before Louise Duncan of the AIG Women’s Open carried her match against Rachel Kuehn to the 18th hole, where the Scot made a double-bogey seven, handing the point to Kuehn and confirming Team USA as the overall champions.

Brenda Kuehn, who also had the honour of securing the winning point for the Americans in the 1998 Curtis Cup at Minikahda, was one of the onlookers at the green to witness Kuehn’s special occasion.

In their crushing 17-3 triumph three years ago, the USA won all eight singles matches, but McGinty eventually got a GB&I point with a remarkable 4&3 victory against Gina Kim.

However, that was the only bright spot for the home team, as Annabel Wilson, Annabell Fuller, and Emily Toy all lost their final three matches, with world amateur No. 1 Rose Zhang winning her fourth point of the week by birdying the final two holes to beat Toy.

“It feels incredible to have come here and won,” said Sarah Ingram, the US captain. “We’ve enjoyed a fantastic week with perfect weather. The people here are incredible, extremely friendly and helpful, and they support us as well as their own players. We’re ecstatic to have come out on top.

“I believe they were fired up after the first day and realised they needed to buckle down and perform well. They just have an automobile.

“We fought hard, that’s what we came here to do, and we certainly accomplished that,” Ratcliffe added. I’m extremely proud of all of the players and the way they played and handled themselves.

“The last three days have been incredible. There are highs and lows. We could have used a few more highs today.”

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