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Britain and Ireland taste Curtis Cup victory

Great Britain and Ireland won the Curtis Cup for only the second time in the last ten contests after defeating USA 11½-8½ in County Wicklow.

After claiming five of the six points on day two, they needed just two-and-a-half points from Sunday’s eight singles for victory at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club. Meghan MacLaren held on to defeat USA’s Bethany Wu at the 17th and secure the winning point for GB & Ireland.

Bronte Law won five points for the team and the world number four commented: “For me to end it this way – it’s probably going to be my last Curtis Cup – is just a dream. I am so proud to just represent my country.”

US captain Robin Burke felt her side had been capable of pulling off a similar comeback to that of last year’s Solheim Cup team, who recovered from a four-point deficit in the singles in Germany. “GB & Ireland just played really well yesterday,” she said. “They made a ton of birdies on us and we almost recovered. We just didn’t quite get there.”