The USA claimed its seventh consecutive Curtis Cup Match on Sunday at Essex County Club, securing the final two points it needed early with singles wins by 15-year-old Alexis Thompson and 18-year-old Jennifer Johnson.
The USA came into the final eight singles matches with an 8½-3½ lead over Great Britain and Ireland. So the team needed only 1½ points to retain the Cup and two points to win it outright.
Thompson, who went 4-0-1, defeated Scotland’s Sally Watson, 6 and 5, for the first USA point and Johnson completed a 3-0-1 week with a 5-and-4 win over Rachel Jennings that clinched the Match.
“It’s cool because in all of the team events like [Junior] Ryder Cup, [Junior] Solheim [Cup], I’ve never done that,” said Johnson of getting the clinching point. “My match has always ended after we had already won it. It’s kind of cool it.”