USA’s morning sweep brings back the bravado

Stephanie Kono gets a hug from Team USA captain Noreen Mohler.


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MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, Mass. – Noreen Mohler, the U.S. team captain, wasn’t worried at all after Day 1 of the Curtis Cup.

“I think our players are playing just fine,” Mohler said. “I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Yesterday, the GB&I team looked like it had something to prove. It appeared the players had a chip on their shoulders, what with no one thinking they could win this year’s Curtis Cup.

The tables were turned today, as Team USA entered Day 2 trailing by one point. After sweeping the three morning matches, the bravado has come back.

“We knew we could do it,” Jessica Korda said. “Yesterday they were rolling putts in all day and today we were able to do that.”

After GB&I’s Sally Watson (playing with Rachel Jennings) missed a birdie putt at No. 18 to halve her match against Stephanie Kono and Kimberly Kim, you could see the smiles emerge once again from Team USA. As GB&I walked away from the 18th, they looked a little bit shell shocked.

“Yesterday was yesterday,” Watson said. “Today is a whole new day, and USA got the good start.”

Next up for the afternoon will be alternate shot, and it is clear that USA now has all the momentum with a two-point lead. If GB&I can regroup and win a couple of points in the afternoon, Sunday’s final matches could become pretty intense. However, if USA continues on this recent hot streak, it looks like the Curtis Cup can stay right here in the United States for a seventh straight time.

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