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GB&I Rally to Win Curtis Cup


Great Britain and Ireland won five of the eight singles matches Sunday to edge the Americans 10 to 9 in the 2012 Curtis Cup match. The event pitting American women amateurs against their counterparts from the other side of the Atlantic took place at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland.

The title was GB&I's first since 1996 and only its seventh in the history of the matches, which began in 1932. Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland scored the winning point by defeating Amy Anderson.

"I'm exceptionally proud of the team," said GB&I captain Tegwen Matthews, who became the first victorious GB&I captain since Ita Butler 16 years ago.

"It is very, very special to have captured golfing history today," Matthews added. "I had joked and joked to the team about all the pressure they were under to win this week given that it would mean holding all four main team trophies between GB & I and Europe against the States.

"So that was a challenge for me and it's just fabulous we've won because I am just as competitive as my players in wanting to achieve that goal and we have managed to do that."

Her American counterpart, Pat Cornett, noted, "It was certainly not the result I was looking for. So I am a little disappointed, but then the result is good for the game and good for the Curtis Cup. Then it just shows how fickle this game can be and I reminded the girls that after all it is just a game."

 For a complete scoring recap by the United States Golf Association, visit http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474847304.