Curtis Cup 2021 - Second Day Afternoon Fourballs { 214 images } Created 27 Aug 2021

Trailing Great Britain and Ireland by three points after the opening day, the Americans, led by Captain Sarah Ingram, fought back to ensure the match sits level at 6-6 going into the final day singles tomorrow.

The USA made their intentions clear from the start in the morning foursomes with lead pairing Rose Zhang and Rachel Heck notching a convincing 3 and 2 victory over the Scottish pairing of Louise Duncan and Hannah Darling.

Rachel Kuehn and Emilia Migliaccio kept up the resurgence defeating Englishwomen Annabell Fuller and Charlotte Heath by the same margin.

The USA didn’t have it all their own way, however, and the English pairing of Emily Toy and Caley McGinty secured an important half point at the last hole against Jensen Castle and Brooke Matthews. Toy holed from 3ft for a winning par five after McGinty had found the rough to the right of the green with her approach.

That left the score at 5-4 in Great Britain and Ireland’s favor going into the afternoon Four-Balls.

The USA continued to ramp up the pressure in the Four-Balls. Kuehn and Castle seized the initiative in their match with Duncan and Lauren Walsh to go 3 up after eight and, despite Duncan reducing the deficit to one hole with birdies at the 9th and 11th, the Americans eased to a 3&2 win.

Darling and Fuller continued their successful Four-Ball partnership by clinching a hard-fought encounter with Heck and Kim by 4&3. Darling, the Girls Amateur and St Rule Trophy champion, maintained her rich vein of form and her excellent driving was complemented by Fuller’s strong approach play as the match swung in GB&I’s favor after the turn.

In the final match of the day the USA’s Allisen Corpuz carded four birdies in five holes from the 3rd to take control of her and Zhang’s match against Toy and McGinty. The GB&I pairing battled to stay in the match but ultimately Corpuz sealed victory with a lengthy putt from off the green on the 16th.

The match continues with the final day singles getting underway at 10 a.m. BST tomorrow.

NOTABLE

World No. 1 Rose Zhang is the only player to have yet to lose a match. She is 3-0-1 heading into Saturday's singles matches.
Jensen Castle and Rachel Kuehn played together in Friday's Four-Ball, winning their match 3 and 2. The duo has paired together in the past to win two Carolinas Golf Association Four-Ball Championships.
The last time the Curtis Cup Match was tied heading into the final day was in 1964 at Royal Porthcawl in Wales. The two-day match was tied at 4.5 points apiece.
QUOTABLE

"I don't know if I've ever made a putt that clutch before, so as soon as I made it like my heart just went crazy. But it was great to get the win with Rose today." - Allisen Corpuz, USA
"We played super well, we really fed off each other and we ham and egged really well. When one of us was out of the hole, the other was putting for birdie and we holed a lot of putts. They played great but we just kind of had it going today." - Rachel Kuehn, USA
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