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Irish pair routed in opener

The Irish duo of Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow suffered a disappointing opening day in the 37th Curtis Cup match at Nairn in Scotland yesterday as Great Britain and Ireland once again have to play catch-up as they trail by two points, 4-2, going into the second day.

Playing in the third foursomes match of the morning, they were well beaten 5&4 by the US pairing of Lindy Duncan and Lisa McCloskey after being behind all the way.

The Americans birdied the opening three holes, although Slieve Russell's Maguire and Meadow of Royal Portrush managed to halve the second.

But the Irish couple could not match their powerful rivals and they turned for home six down. They were able to prolong the game a little by taking the 11th and 12th, but then a par-3 at the short 14th was sufficient to see the Americans home.

It was, in fact, a morning whitewash for the hosts as Kelly Tidy and Amy Boulden,two up early on, and Holly Clyburn and Bronte Law lost as well.

Captain Tegwen Matthews omitted both Maguire and Meadow from the afternoon fourball session as GB&I battled to get back into the contest.

"We certainly did not make the sort of start we wanted, but there is still a long way to go," said the skipper at lunchtime.

And, indeed, the home players did fight back as Tidy and her English International colleague Clyburn and Welsh champion Boulden and Law produced some inspirational golf to sweep to two vital successes. Boulden and Law were two-under-par in winning their match 3&2.

Maguire and Meadow have been recalled for this morning's foursomes and they will again face the Americans who beat them yesterday.

Irish Independent