U.S. sweeps singles in Curtis Cup rout

Four players from California helped the United States to a historic 8-0 sweep of the singles matches in a 17-3 rout of Great Britain & Ireland in the 40th Curtis Cup matches at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y.

Lilia Vu of Fountain Valley and UCLA defeated Sophie Lamb, 2 up; Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach and Stanford beat Alice Hewson, 2 and 1; Luci Lee, 15, of Redwood Shores routed India Clyburn, 5 and 4, and Mariel Galdiano of Hawaii and UCLA downed Paula Grant, 1 up.

Kristen Gilman of Austin, Texas, a sophomore at Texas, finished off a 5-0 run in the event with a 5-and-4 victory over Annabell Fuller, joining Stacy Lewis and Bronte Law of GB&I and UCLA as the only players to be perfect in the Curtis Cup.

“The feeling is a great feeling, and of course I’ve never been on a losing side,” said U.S. Captain Virginia Derby Grimes, who played on winning teams in 1998, 2000 and 2006. “It’s just a really good feeling, and it’s good to see them get to experience that winning feeling.”

In the other singles matches, NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho of Westminster, Colo., and Wake Forest beat Lily May Humphreys, 2 and 1; Sophia Schubert of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Texas defeated Olivia Mehaffey, also by 2 and 1, and Lauren Stephenson of Lexington, Ky., and Alabama downed Shannon McWilliam, again by 2 and 1.

Among the Californians, Vu finished with a 4-1 record, Li was 3-0-1, while Lee and Galdiano each went 2-1.

The U.S. holds a 29-8-3 edge in the Curtis Cup, with the next matches set for 2020 at Conwy Golf Club in Conwy, Wales.

For complete results, visit http://www.amateurgolf.com/images/uploads/00043450.pdf.

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