June 12, 2004
MERSEYSIDE, England - University of Arizona women's golfer Erica Blasberg's victory over Danielle Masters began the five match wins for Team USA to rally to take the first day's lead 5-4 over Great Britain and Ireland at the 33rd Curtis Cup in Merseyside, England.
The Corona, Calif. native, was up by three holes over Masters, before losing the 15th, 16th, 17th holes evening out the competition for Masters to sneak in for a victory. But Blasberg wouldn't give up and sank a 12-foot birdie putt to win the 18th hole, giving her the match.
"I struggled a bit coming in and she took advantage of that," Blasberg commented on the last four holes. "But standing on the 18th tee I told myself, 'Let's get something done here after goofing around for the last three holes.'"
Joining Blasberg, four other members of Team USA were victorious in the afternoon's singles matches, after a dismal morning, which saw no victories for Team USA in the foursomes' outings.
Sunday, Blasberg will team up with the 2004 NCAA individual champion, Sarah Huarte in a foursome outing against Great Britain & Ireland's Emma Duggleby and Shelley McKevitt. Duggleby and McKevitt were victorious against Team USA in Saturday morning's outing defeating Jane Park and Paula Creamer 3 and 2.
Begun in 1932, the Curtis Cup is a biennial match for women's amateur golfers between a team from the United States and one from Great Britain & Ireland. Victory in a match scores one point. When a match goes without a decision, one-half point is awarded to each team.
The match is being held at the Formby Golf Club in Merseyside, England a par 72 spread over a 6,369 yard-layout.
Foursomes (alternate shot) Shelley McKevitt, England and Emma Duggleby, England def. Jane Park, Beaumont, Calif., and Paula Creamer, Pleasanton, Calif., 3 and 2 Nicola Timmins, England, and Danielle Masters, England def. Sarah Huarte, Shingle Springs, Calif., and Annie Thurman, Highland, Utah, 1 up Anne Laing, Scotland, and Claire Coughlan, Ireland def. Brittany Lang, McKinney, Texas, and Michelle Wie, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1 up
Singles Emma Duggleby, England def. Liz Janangelo, West Hartford, Conn., 3 and 2 Erica Blasberg, Corona, Calif., def. Danielle Masters, England, 1 up Paula Creamer, Pleasanton, Calif., def. Fame More, England, 5 and 3 Michelle Wie, Honolulu, Hawaii, def. Anna Highgate, Wales, 5 and 4 Jane Park, Beaumont, Calif., def. Shelley McKevitt, England, 4 and 3 Annie Thurman, Highland, Utah, def. Anne Laing, Scotland, 4 and 3
Pairings for Sunday's foursomes (alternate shot) matches at the Curtis Cup Match, to be played at the par 37-35-72, 6,369-yard Formby Golf Club (All times EDT)
3:00 a.m. - Erica Blasberg, Corona, Calif., and Sarah Huarte, Shingle Springs, Calif., vs. Emma Duggleby, England, and Shelley McKevitt, England 3:15 a.m. - Liz Janangelo, West Hartford, Conn., and Michelle Wie, Honolulu, Hawaii, vs. Anne Laing, Scotland, and Claire Coughlan, Ireland 3:30 a.m. - Brittany Lang, McKinney, Texas, and Annie Thurman, Highland, Utah, vs. Nicola Timmins, England, and Danielle Masters, England