rising senior at UCLA, said her drives were somewhat wobbly in the Saturday
afternoon foursomes and her iron play was not as crisp as in the morning
four-ball session, but her partner provided the needed support.
felt like Kyung carried me and she did a lot of the work in this match,” added
Lee. “In foursomes, it’s not just about your own game; you’re working with your
partner. You’re one team.”
standout at cross-town rival USC, said her job was simple on Saturday.
just had to put the ball on the green and make the putts,” she said.
15th hole in the afternoon, Lee’s approach shot left Kim with a 15-footer above
the hole. Kim converted the putt.
players said they won’t be distracted by the USA’s 9-2 advantage heading into the
eight Sunday singles matches.
plan to play my own game and know that par is a good score,” said Kim.
Lee: “It will be my own best ball tomorrow.”
Foursomes Match Resumes
third foursomes match between Stephanie Meadow and Georgia Hall of GB&I,
and the USA’s Ally McDonald and Mariah Stackhouse, will resume play on the 16th
hole on Sunday at 11 a.m. CDT. The USA leads the match, 1 up, after Meadow/Hall
won the par-5 15th with a short birdie putt.
think you completely forget about everything because the last three holes are
going to be like another match," said McDonald. "You have to play
like you're all-square or down – [it is] a three-hole shootout. I expect us to
come out ready to play."
was suspended due to darkness at 8:30 p.m.
GB&I loses the match, the USA would only need a half-point in the singles
to regain the Cup.
singles session is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.
captain Tegwen Matthews didn’t make excuses for her players after two days of
competition. Instead, she credited the Americans’ play and pointed to three
holes in particular – Nos. 11, 12 and 13 – that rewarded her opponents in Saturday’s
USA players won 11, 12 and 13 to go from all square to 3 up. That momentum
keyed those teams in winning two points.
looked so much better for us this afternoon and the girls were feeling good
about it,” Matthews said. “The Americans are firing at more pins than we are
and we haven’t put enough pressure on them yet.”
Tough Course That Requires Homework
captain Ellen Port admits that her team benefited from the extra practice
sessions she held in early April. She arranged for her squad to practice at St.
Louis Country Club for three days during Masters week.
weren’t ready in April,” said Port, who lives in St. Louis. “I knew it, but
they didn’t know it.”
American team flew into St. Louis on April 10 and played nine holes in the
afternoon. The next day, they played 36 holes and then Port scheduled
competitive 18-hole foursomes matches against top local male players to close
the practice session on Saturday.
asked to explain the USA’s dominance of the first two days of the Match, Port
credited “home-course advantage” and that April practice session as a difference-maker.
particular golf course is very difficult and we got to see it more than the
GB&I players did,” said Port of the challenging C.B. Macdonald layout.
agreed that extra rounds at St. Louis Country Club likely were a huge benefit
to the Americans.
is the kind of course you need to know pretty well and there’s a lot more to it
than you think,” she said. “The more you play it, the more trouble you find.
It’s the kind of course you have to respect.”
Lisa D. Mickey is a
Florida-based freelance writer whose work has previously appeared on USGA