Hall and Meadow hold out as Americans run riot in Curtis Cup
Ireland and Great Britain got off to the worst possible start in defence of their Curtis Cup crown as they lost all three fourballs on the opening day at the St Louis Golf Club in Missouri.
Stephanie Meadow and Georgia Hall succumbed 2&1 to Mariah Stackhouse and Emma Talley in the top match.
Meadow, Ulster's world No 7 who plans to turn professional after this event, and 18-year-old Hall, who succeeded Meadow as Amateur champion last year, lost the first hole but squared the match with a birdie at the third.
But Stackhouse and Talley birdied three of the next five holes to assume a commanding lead.
Remarkably, Meadow's Alabama college mate Talley, the 2013 US Women's Amateur champion, and Stackhouse, the first African-American player in Curtis Cup history, played to the equivalent of eight-under par 63, with the usual match-play concessions.
The other two fourball games were won 4&3 by the home team, world No 2 Alison Lee and Kyung Kim beating Annabel Dimmock and Gemma Dryburgh, and Annie Park and Ally McDownald overpowering Bronte Law and Charlotte Thomas.