posted on Jun, 13 2004 @ 04:43 PM
Teenage sensation Michelle Wie led from the front as the United States retained the Curtis Cup when they beat Great Britain and Ireland 10-8 in an
enthralling match at Formby on Sunday.
The 14-year-old Hawaiian, one of three schoolgirls in the side, lived up to her reputation as the most exciting player since Tiger Woods as she turned
on an impressive display of shot-making.
Wie, just 14, beat Nicola Timmins 6&5 to put the US, without a player over 22 years old, 7-6 ahead at Formby. Elizabeth Janangelo's 1-up singles win
over Shelley McKevitt then sealed an unassailable 9-7 lead.
Annie Thurman wrapped up the win when she edged Danielle Masters in the last singles match of the day, 1-up. The home side won two of three alternate
shots on Sunday morning to tie it up at 6-6.
Wie and Janangelo then lost to Claire Coughlan and Anne Laing 3&2 when Coughlan holed the winning downhill putt from six feet on the 16th green.
The US pair started well with birdies at the first and third holes, but they made bogeys to lose the next three and never recovered. Coughlan and
Laing won three successive holes from the 10th and though Wie and Janangelo won the 15th, it ended on the next green.