Lindy Duncan and the United States squad lead 4-2 after day one of the 2012 Curtis Cup, which is being played at the Nairn Golf Club in Nairn, Scotland. The teams dealt with troublesome winds and intensely overcast skies on Friday.NAIRN, Scotland - Duke University senior
The U.S. registered three victories in the Friday morning foursomes as Duncan teamed with Lisa McCloskey to win 5&4 over Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow. The U.S. duo won six out of the first nine holes on their way to closing out the match with a win on the 14th hole.
In the other two morning matches, Austin Ernst and Brooke Pancake downed Kelly Tidy and Amy Boulden, 1up, while Amy Anderson and Tiffany Lua won 2&1 over Holly Clyburn and Bronte Law.
During the afternoon fourballs, Great Britain and Ireland won two of three matches to pull the ledger to a 4-2 deficit.
Duncan teamed with McCloskey, but the tandem fell 3&2 to Law/Boulden. The U.S. group started strong winning the first hole before dropping the third to move back to even. Duncan and McCloskey then won holes six and seven to take a 2up lead. Law and Boulden then took control of the match winning three straight holes and five of nine to close the match on hole 16.
The only victory for the U.S. team in the afternoon was by Anderson/Emily Tubert with a 4&3 win over Pamela Pretswell and Charley Hull. Pancake and Erica Popson fell, 2&1, to Tidy/Clyburn.
Saturday will bring three foursomes matches and three four-ball matches, and the Match concludes with eight singles matches on Sunday. Duncan will once again team with McCloskey in the third foursome group in the morning and will go up against Meadow/Maguire.
A point is awarded for each victory and a half-point goes to each side for a draw. The USA, winners of the last seven contests in the biennial series, needs 10 points to retain the Cup, while GB&I needs 10.5 points to regain the Cup.
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