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Alison Lee helps U.S. win Curtis Cup

Posted: June 8, 2014 7:28 p.m.
Updated: June 8, 2014 7:28 p.m.

United States golfer and Valencia graduate Alison Lee tees off on the fourth hole during the final day of the 38th Curtis Cup on Sunday in St. Louis.

 

Valencia graduate Alison Lee helped the United States claim the Curtis Cup victory Sunday, beating Great Britain and Ireland at St. Louis Country Club.

The United States won 13-7 to improve to 28-7-3 in the biennial competition, rebounding from a 10 1/2-9 1/2 loss in 2012 at Nairn in Scotland — the Americans’ only loss since 1996.

The international event was played over the course of three days and consisted of foursome competitions, four-ball and singles matchups.

It featured the top amateur golfers from the U.S., Great Britain and Ireland. Lee came in as the No. 2 ranked amateur in the world.

“I’m just really proud of my girls,” said U.S. captain Ellen Port, from St. Louis. “As a captain, my goal was to keep them fresh and set them up for success. Not wear them out, not let them get tired of playing the course, because they are here so early, and all the late nights.”

Lee, a UCLA sophomore, ended up 3-1-1 in her five matches.

She teamed up with Ashlan Ramsey and halved her foursome match against Britain and Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow and Georgia Hall on Friday.

Later that day, Lee and teammate Kyung Kim defeated Annabel Dimmock and Gemma Dryburgh 4 and 3 in four-ball.

On Saturday, Lee won both of her matches with Ramsey and Kyung as teammates again.

On Sunday, Lee was defeated 2 and 1 by Meadow in singles play.

It was Alabama’s Emma Talley who officially wrapped up the United States’ victory, beating Britain and Ireland’s Bronte Law 4 and 3 in the opening singles match.

Talley, the U.S. Women’s Amateur champion from Princeton, Kentucky, was quick to provide it, finishing off Law with a two-putt par on No. 15.

“When Captain Port put me out first, I wanted to get it done for my team, so they could play their hearts out today,” Talley said. “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.”

Talley was a team-best 3-0-1.

“Dreams do come true, that’s for sure,” Talley said. “This was the best week ever. I’m just happy to play with my friends and to do it for my country is even better.”

The Americans’ 9 1/2-2 1/2 lead following the first four sessions was the largest since the playing format was expanded to five sessions over three days in 2008, bettering the 2010 U.S. mark of 8 1/2-3 1/2.

Mississippi State’s Ally McDonald and Southern California’s Annie Park also won singles matches for the U.S. McDonald beat 17-year-old Annabel Dimmock 4 and 3, and Park topped Gabriella Cowley 5 and 4.

“It’s been amazing,” McDonald said. “It was a blessing to have been chosen, and I just wanted to take advantage of this opportunity and make memories and play the best golf that I could, and I think this weekend, I played pretty well.”

Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse, the first black player in U.S. Curtis Cup history, halved her match with Eilidh Briggs.

Hall, Meadow, Gemma Dryburgh and Charlotte Thomas won singles matches for Britain and Ireland.

“So proud of the girls for how they rallied all day today,” captain Tegwen Matthews said. “Especially, more especially when they knew the match was gone, and yet they never gave up. That could have put the chins really even further down. But no, we won the afternoon singles session. So that’s a great way to finish and gives everyone a bit of a boost to say the least from a pretty disastrous two days.”

The 2016 matches will be played at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland.

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