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US regains Curtis Cup with 13-7 victory

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm •  Published: June 8, 2014
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alabama's Emma Talley wrapped up the United States' Curtis Cup victory Sunday, beating Britain and Ireland's Bronte Law 4 and 3 in the opening singles match at St. Louis Country Club.

The United States won 13-7 to improve to 28-7-3 in the biennial competition, rebounding from a 10 1/2-9 1/2 loss in 2012 at Nairn in Scotland — the Americans' only loss since 1996.

"I'm just really proud of my girls," said U.S. captain Ellen Port, from St. Louis. "As a captain, my goal was to keep them fresh and set them up for success. Not wear them out, not let them get tired of playing the course, because they are here so early, and all the late nights."

After Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse and Mississippi State's Ally McDonald halved their rain-delayed foursomes match with Stephanie Meadow and Georgia Hall, the United States needed only one point in the eight singles matches to regain the cup.

Talley, the U.S. Women's Amateur champion from Princeton, Kentucky, was quick to provide it, finishing off Law with a two-putt par on No. 15.

"When Captain Port put me out first, I wanted to get it done for my team, so they could play their hearts out today," Talley said. "We all wanted to play for each other this week. It was a privilege that I got to go out first. I was very happy that I got that opportunity and secured the point. It was definitely an honor."

Talley was a team-best 3-0-1.

"Dreams do come true, that's for sure," Talley said. "This was the best week ever. I'm just happy to play with my friends and to do it for my country is even better."

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