Kristen Gillman helps US open large lead in Curtis Cup

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Kristen Gillman won dual some-more matches and a United States non-stop a 9-3 lead over Britain and Ireland in a Curtis Cup during Quaker Ridge.

Gillman, a 20-year-old University of Alabama star from Austin, Texas, softened to 4-0 and helped a Americans pierce within 1 1/2 points of convalescent a crater they mislaid in 2016 during Dun Laoghaire in Ireland. The U.S. leads a array 28-8-3.

“I usually keep reminding them: Stay focused, one shot during a time, stay in a impulse and be studious on a greens,” U.S/ captain Virginia Derby Grimes said. “Out here that is what it is all about. … We’re going to stay motivated. It’s not over until it’s over. Just go out there and play their games and suffer a walk. It’s a same message. We’re not going to change anything.”

The United States won 5 of a 6 matches Saturday, unconditional a morning four-ball session. Gillman and Jennifer Kupcho got it started by violence Olivia Mehaffey and Sophie Lamb 3 and 2 in a opening match. Lilia Vu and Mariel Galdiano edged Alice Hewson and Annabell Fuller 2 and 1, and 15-year-old Lucy Li and Andrea Lee surfaced Lily May Humphreys and Shannon McWilliam 3 and 2.

In a afternoon foursomes, Gillman and Crimson Tide teammate Lauren Stephenson routed Annabell Fuller and India Clyburn 6 and 5; Li and Sophia Schubert kick Paula Grant and Shannon McWilliam 7 and 5; and Mehaffey and Lamb degraded Kupcho and Lilia Vu 2 and 1.

“Today was a unequivocally good day,” Stephenson said. “Probably even improved than we expected. Every singular chairman played unequivocally good from morning to afternoon. We all fought unequivocally tough and it’s unequivocally fun to be means to be so vehement for any other.”

Gillman, a 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, will face Annabell Fuller in singles with a possibility to join American Stacy Lewis (2008) and England’s Bronte Law (2016) as a usually players to go 5-0-0 given a format was altered to 3 days a decade ago.

Britain and Ireland captain Elaine Farquharson-Black hold out wish for a 8 singles matches.

“We can still do it,” Farquharson-Black said.” Every singular one of them can kick each singular one of a Americans, and we’ve got to trust that, and we’ve got to go out fighting. We’ve got to win from a top. Everybody contributing and creation that indicate and holding it right down to a final match.”

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