Victories in Waterloo, Saint Louis
By Torleif Sorenson on 6/9/14

While "Bubble Boy" Ben Crane was winning the PGA Tour's annual stop in Memphis, eight young women from the United States were facing eight of their counterparts from Great Britain and Ireland in the biennial Curtis Cup Match. Team USA certainly avenged a 10½ — 9½ loss in 2012 at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland; after the first four sessions, the Americans led 9½ to 2½ — leaving them just one point away from recapturing the Curtis Cup.

So, when Emma Talley from the University of Alabama defeated Bronte Law from Ireland 4 & 3 in the opening singles match on Sunday, that was it. The reigning U.S. Women's Amateur Champion from last August was chosen as the lead-off player by U.S. Captain Ellen Port — and Talley knew exactly what she wanted to do:
"When Captain Port put me out first, I wanted to get it done for my team, so they could play their hearts out today. 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.

"Dreams do come true, that's for sure. 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."
Despite the early takedown and the matches being settled early on, GB&I captain Tegwen Matthews complimented her team on winning 4½ points:
So proud of the girls for how they rallied all day today. Especially, more especially when they knew the match was gone, and yet they never gave up. That could have put the chins really even further down. But no, we won the afternoon singles session. So that's a great way to finish and gives everyone a bit of a boost to say the least from a pretty disastrous two days."
The Curtis Cup was played at St. Louis Country Club, a classic C.B. Macdonald layout just outside the city limit. The 2016 Curtis Cup Match will be played at Dun Laoghaire.

IBP wins in Canada

With Inbee Park having won three consecutive majors last year, we have a hard time believing that she is under any pressure at all to win the U.S. Women's Open in two weeks' time. But on her Twitter feed, she expressed a bit of that:

Be that as it may, IBP blistered Grey Silo Golf Course with a 10-under-par 61 on Sunday, winning the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at -23. Her nearest competitor was Cristie Kerr, who shot a Sunday 63. Her -20 score surely would have won at any other time, except that Inbee Park is hardly going away just because she didn't win the final two LPGA majors last year.

In the case of both the Curtis Cup and Inbee Park, it is always impressive when the winning margin is a comfortable one.

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