Thursday 22 March 2018

Great Britain and Ireland in strong position heading into Curtis Cup singles

England's Bronte Law has four wins from four at the Curtis Cup
England's Bronte Law has four wins from four at the Curtis Cup

Great Britain and Ireland will take a commanding 8-4 lead into the final day of the 39th Curtis Cup after a brilliant performance at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club.

The home side won five of the six points available on day two and need just two and a half from Sunday's eight singles matches to secure victory.

The United States has won eight of the last nine contests between the top female amateurs from both sides of the Atlantic, although Great Britain and Ireland did taste victory in the last home tie at Nairn in 2012.

England's Bronte Law made it four wins from four - and three from three with partner Olivia Mehaffey - as they beat Monica Vaughn and Bethany Wu 3&2 in the afternoon fourballs.

Meghan MacLaren and home favourite Maria Dunne beat Bailey Tardy and Mariel Galdiano by the same score with Leona Maguire and Charlotte Thomas making it a clean sweep with a comprehensive 5&4 victory over world number one Hannah O'Sullivan and Mika Liu.

Earlier in the day, GB&I won the foursomes 2-1 for the second day in a row to take a 5-4 lead into the fourballs, which were interrupted by torrential rain which caused flooding on the greens.

Law partnered Mehaffey to a second foursomes win, recovering from three down after three holes to beat Tardy and Vaughn 3&2.

MacLaren and Dunne secured a one-hole victory over Sierra Brooks and Andrea Lee, with MacLaren holing a crucial par putt on the last to seal the win.

Only world number two Maguire and Thomas suffered a defeat, losing a tight contest on the last to O'Sullivan and Wu.

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