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Great Britain & Ireland gets rare win at Curtis Cup

Nairn, Scotland (Sports Network) - For the first time since 1996, Great Britain & Ireland defeated the United States on Sunday to capture the Curtis Cup.

The GB&I team took five out of the possible eight points in the Sunday singles at Nairn Golf Club and won by a single point.

When Stephanie Meadow secured the winning point for GB&I with a 4 & 2 victory over Amy Anderson, it also meant that Europeans currently own the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, Walker Cup and now, the Curtis Cup as well.

The final was 10 1/2 - 9 1/2, but the victory was an impressive one.

The all-time record heading into this year's staging of the biennial event was 27-6-3 in favor of the U.S. This was just the seventh win in the history of the competition for GB&I and getting to hoist the Curtis Cup required a massive comeback.

Down 6-3 after Saturday morning's foursomes matches, GB&I took 7 1/2 of a possible 11 points available in the Saturday four-ball matches and Sunday's singles.

At the start of the singles, the U.S. led 6 1/2 - 5 1/2, but GB&I swept the first three singles matches.

Kelly Tidy bested Austin Ernst, 1-up, while Amy Boulden handed Emily Tubert, 3 & 1. Holly Clyburn topped Erica Popson, 3 & 2, then the Americans staged a rally midway through the singles.

Lisa McCloskey posted an easy 4 & 3 win over Pamela Pretswell, and Brooke Pancake trounced Leona Maguire, 6 & 5 in the anchor match.

The next point went to GB&I, as Charley Hull posted an impressive win over Lindy Duncan, but Tiffany Lua tied things for the U.S. with a 2-up victory over Bronte Law.

Then, Meadow polished of Anderson and GB&I earned the victory.

06/10 10:16:48 ET


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