United States starts fast, holds on for 4-2 lead after Day 1 of Curtis Cup

Austin Ernst, Brooke Pancake, USA, Curtis Cup
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Austin Ernst (l) and Brooke Pancake celebrated their foursomes victory as the United States swept all three Friday morning matches at the Curtis Cup in chilly Nairn, Scotland.
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Series: Other Tour

Published: Friday, June 08, 2012 | 3:35 p.m.

NAIRN, Scotland -- Captain Pat Cornett will attempt to guide the United States to Curtis Cup victory against Britain and Ireland on crutches after breaking her ankle Friday in a cart mishap in the amateur women's competition.

Cornett, a 56-year-old professor of medicine, was a passenger when the cart crashed into a grandstand near the first tee after lunch. After her team won all three morning foursome matches, she was taken to a hospital and put in a cast.


The Curtis Cup Match features teams of amateur girls from the United States and Great Britain-Ireland in three days of match play.

Twelve-time U.S. Curtis Cup player Carole Semple Thompson took over as captain, and the team won the first of the afternoon fourball matches to go up 4 points.

However, Britain and Ireland won the last two matches to trail 4-2 heading to Saturday's second round of foursome and fourball matches.

''Despite breaking her ankle, Pat is in good spirits and ready to resume her captaincy tomorrow,'' said Christina Lance, the coordinator of championship communications with the U.S. Golf Association.

Semple Thompson played on eight winning U.S. teams and travelled to Scotland as a guest of the USGA.

Amy Anderson and Emily Tubert put the U.S. up 4-0 when they defeated the No. 4 duo Charley Hull and Pam Pretswell 4 and 3. However, Britain and Ireland rallied to halve the deficit.

Friday morning foursomes:
USA 3, GBI 0

Austin Ernst/Brooke Pancake, USA def. Kelly Tidy/Amy Boulden, GBI, 1-up
Amy Anderson/Tiffany Lua, USA def. Holly Clyburn/Bronte Law, GBI, 2&1
Lindy Duncan/Lisa McCloskey, USA def. Leona Maguire/Stephanie Meadow, GBI, 5&4

Friday afternoon fourballs
GBI 2, USA 1

Amy Anderson/Emily Tubert, USA def. Pamela Pretswell/Charley Hull, GBI, 4&3
Kelly Tidy/Holly Clyburn, GBI, def. Brooke Pancake/Erica Popson, USA 2&1
Bronte Law/Amy Boulden, GBI, def. Lindy Duncan/Lisa McCloskey, USA, 3&2