Laing Has Strong Showing in Curtis Cup

Aug. 5, 2002

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - California senior Vikki Laing had a strong showing in her first appearance in the Curtis Cup for Great Britain & Ireland Aug. 3-4 at the 6,358-yard, par-71 Fox Chapel Golf Club. Laing's play, however, wasn't enough to help her team defeat the United States, which held on for an 11-7 victory in the 32nd Match.

On Sunday, Laing, who hails from Musselburgh, Scotland, teamed with Heather Stirling to defeat the United States' Leigh Ann Hardin and Emily Bastel in one of the foursomes, three and one. Laing narrowly lost a singles match to Carol Semple Thompson, one up. Unfortunately, that loss gave the United States the decisive ninth point. If the teams had tied 9-9, the United States would have retained the Cup as the previous winner.

On Saturday, Laing teamed with Stirling but lost a foursome match, one up, to Mollie Fankhauser and Thompson. Laing had better luck in singles, holding off Fankhauser, one up.

Started 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 18 holes without a decision, one-half point is awarded to each team.

Three foursome (alternate shots of partners) matches and six singles matches are scheduled for each of the two days of competition.

The Match is conducted alternately in the USA and Great Britain & Ireland. The team winning the Cup takes custody for the ensuing two years. The USA now leads the series, 23-6-3.

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