June 13, 2004
MERSEYSIDE, England - University of Arizona women's golfer Erica Blasberg teamed up with California's Sarah Huarte, but couldn't grab a victory as they dropped their Sunday morning foursome outing. Great Britain & Ireland's Emma Duggleby and Shelley McKevitt defeated the two, 2 and 1 at the 33rd Curtis Cup in Merseyside, England.
Duggleby and McKevitt built up a strong lead into the eighth hole, where the American duo of Blasberg and Huarte were able to capitalize on Duggleby and Mckevitt's bogey and win the hole. However, Great Britain & Ireland were able to build up the victory margin even more and take a 5-up lead at the 10th hole, after Blasberg and Huarte bogeyed the 9th and 10th holes.
After a nice approach from Huarte on the 13th, Blasberg was able to sink a 6-foot birdie putt to win the 13th hole. Up three holes after a victory on the 14th hole, Duggleby and McKevitt bogeyed the 15th hole, giving Blasberg and Huarte some hope. But Great Britain & Ireland proved to be too much and prevailed to victory with a half in 5 at the 17th.
Blasberg and Huarte were not the only members of Team USA who continued to struggle in the foursomes. The team dropped two of the three outings on Sunday and won none on Saturday. Annie Thurman and Brittany Lang won on Sunday for the lone victory for Team USA in the foursomes.
Going into Sunday's afternoon singles matches, USA and Great Britain & Ireland were even at 6-6. The USA was able to snag the tournament, after winning four of the six singles matches Sunday afternoon.
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 was held at the Formby Golf Club in Merseyside, England a par 72 spread over a 6,369 yard-layout.