ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Battling the hot conditions for two rounds on the first day of the Curtis Cup Match, Ally McDonald helped the United States take a commanding 5-1 lead against Great Britain and Ireland into the second day of the event.
All-American McDonald paired up with Annie Park of Southern California in the four-ball matchup in the morning round to win 4-and-3, followed by a comeback effort with Emma Talley of Alabama to end their foursome match all-square.
“Overall, I am very pleased with my play today,” McDonald said. “In the first match, Annie [Park} and I complemented each other really well. Emma [Talley] and I grinded today, and we were able to pull off a halve. Everyone is looking forward to tomorrow.”
With back-to-back birdies on holes 9 and 10, McDonald put the U.S. pair 3-up after the turn. McDonald later added birdies on 13 and 15 to give Team USA a 3-0 sweep of the morning matchups. Team USA were a combined 17-under-par with only two bogeys in the morning session.
The Fulton, Miss., native battled back with Talley from an early 2-down deficient to halve the point and give the U.S. a 2-1 advantage in the afternoon round. The duo began the fight back by winning hole 11 and then winning holes 13-15 to complete the dominant day for Team USA.
“Ally played great today, and as always, she represented our university, state and country with class and sportsmanship,” Mississippi State head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “We are looking forward to another two days of great golf.”
Day two of the Curtis Cup will tee off with four-ball matches at 8:00 a.m. CST, with foursome matches beginning immediately after those finish.
Full coverage of the Curtis Cup Match can be found at www.curtiscup.org. A full replay of the second of the Curtis Cup will be shown on the Golf Channel from 4-6 p.m.
In other MSU women’s golf news, All-SEC Freshman Jessica Peng holds a share of 18th after two rounds, while competing as an amateur in the Srixon XXIO Ladies Open, a Chinese pro event. Peng fired an opening round 73 on Thursday and a 72 on Friday to move to 1-under-par 145 heading into Saturday’s final round.
Fans can follow the Mississippi State women’s golf program on Twitter @HailStateWG, Instagram @HailStateWG and Facebook at facebook.com/HailStateWG .
Mariah Stackhouse and Emma Talley (USA) def. Stephanie Meadow and Georgia Hall (GB&I), 2 and 1
Alison Lee and Kyung Kim (USA) def. Annabel Dimmock and Gemma Dryburgh, 4 and 3
Annie Park and Ally McDonald (USA) def. Bronte Law and Charlotte Thomas (GB&I), 4 and 3
Ashlan Ramsey and Allison Lee (USA) vs. Stephanie Meadow and Georgia Hall (GB&I), All-square
Erynne Lee and Annie Park (USA) def. Eilidh Briggs and Gabriella Cowley (GB&I), 3 and 1
Emma Talley and Ally McDonald (USA) vs. Annabel Dimmock and Bronte Law (GB&I), All-square
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