Sophie stars despite cup defeat in New York

Golfer Sophie Lamb
Golfer Sophie Lamb
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Clitheroe’s Sophie Lamb was one of Great Britain and Ireland’s better performers as the United States earned record-breaking 17-3 scoreline to win the 40th Curtis Cup match at Quaker Ridge, New York.

The United States’ points total was the highest recorded by any team in the Curtis Cup since they defeated GB&I 14½-3½ at Denver Country Club in 1982.

The winning margin of 14 points also surpassed the record of 11 set in that same match.

But Lamb helped win points in the afternoon foursomes on Friday and Saturday, while halving her morning fourball on the opening day.

In her singles match on Sunday, Lamb was beaten by a long-range birdie from the world’s leading woman amateur golfer Lilia Vu, who made sure of a two holes victory.

The previous day, in the morning fourballs, Olivia Mehaffey partnered Lamb against Jennifer Kupcho and Kristen Gillman, going down 3&2, but in the afternoon foursomes, Lamb helped Mehaffey beat Kupcho and Vu 2&1.

On the first day, in the morning fourballs, Mehaffey and Lamb halved their match against Kupcho and Lucy Li, and in the afternoon foursomes, Mehaffe and Lamb beat Mariel Galdiano and Andrea Lee 3&2.

Elaine Farquharson-Black, captain of Great Britain and Ireland said: “We’re obviously very disappointed with the scoreline, and all you can do is congratulate the United States on their win and the very high standard of golf they have played this week.

“We have played good golf in spells, but at this level you have to have more consistency and at times we’ve just not performed as well as we would have liked.”