Riding a 9½ - 2½ lead going into the final Sunday afternoon single matches, the USA survived a GBI rally and held on for a 13-7 win.
Three holes of a match left over from rainy Saturday started the day, ending up in a draw.
Starting at 1:13 PM, eight singles matches hit the course.
I served as a Group 5 marshal for USA's Erynne Lee against GBI's Charlotte Thomas. Lee's hot and cold short game paved the way for a 2 UP win by Thomas.
Lee actually led 1 Up when she put her tee shot four feet past the cup on Par 3 No. 3, and then sank the putt for a birdie. Thomas squared the match on the Par 4 No. 4, putting a hybrid shot over a greenside bunker and biting the ball to a stop three feet from the pin; she sank the putt.
Thomas went 1UP with a birdie on No. 6, putting her approach two feet left of the pin and sinking the putt. Lee also hit the green 15 feet above the cup, but left the putt 6" short. The pair halved the next four holes, with Thomas missing four and six-foot birdie putts, and Lee missing a seven-footer.
Thomas then went 3 Up by winning two straight with pars as Lee had short game troubles. Thomas parred No. 11, while Lee left her approach 10 yards short of the green, and got an open wedge only halfway to the cup, leading to a bogey 5. On the following par 3, Lee three-putted from 20 feet for a bogie.
No. 13, a 549 par 5, provided major drama. Both players had decent drives, and managed to carry fairway woods over the cross bunkers to an uphill plateau fronting the green.Thomas bounced a draw in front of the tight cup, which spun back down to the left fringe. Lee put a cut shot three feet right to the cup. Thomas then used a bladed sand wedge to skip the ball up the rise and into the cup. Lee sank her putt for a halve, birdies both. The match stayed 3 UP, Thomas.
On 15 and 16, Lee rallied with a pair of birdies, sinking putts of 14 and 25 feet. Thomas now only 1 Up.
The pair halved the 17 hole, getting pars as each missed 15-foot birdie putts.
Lee needed to win No. 18 to tie, and got a good start, landing her drive in the fairway, 25 yards ahead of Thomas' drive which had spun into the rough. Thomas hit a hybrid draw into the sunken green, landing 50 feet short of the cup. Lee landed her shot 25 feet away, but lost the hole with a three-putt.
So, Thomas won the match 2 Up. On the afternoon, the matches went GBI 4, USA 3, with one draw.
My wife came with me, walking with the gallery. She really enjoyed one of the older courses with the cross-bunkers, blind shots, and sunken greens.
That's it from the Curtis Cup!