Kono and Lua Help USA to Curtis Cup Victory

June 15, 2010

UCLA golfers Stephanie Kono and Tiffany Lua helped the U.S. win its seventh consecutive Curtis Cup, June 12-13 at Essex Country Club in Manchester by the Sea, Mass.

The United States defeated Great Britain and Ireland, 12.5-7.5 to win its 27th overall Curtis Cup title since 1932. GB&I has won six times, most recently in 1996.

Kono and Lua enjoyed their best day on Saturday. In the early four-ball competition, Kono, a sophomore from Honolulu, HI, teamed with fellow Hawaiian Kimberly Kim for a 2-up victory against Sally Watson of Scotland and Rachel Jennings of England.

In the afternoon foursomes competition, Kono paired with Jennifer Song of Ann Arbor, Mich., and won 3 and 1 against Hannah Barwood and Holly Clyburn, both from England. Kono and Song recorded birdies on three of the last five holes to clinch the match.

Lua, 19, paired with Jennifer Johnson of La Quinta, Calif., defeated Watson and Jennings, 3 and 2. Lua and Jenning earned the closing point for the USA on Saturday, winning the 14th, 15th and 16th holes with pars.

At the end of Saturday's competition, the U.S. held a commanding 8.5-3.5 lead.

Although both players lost their Sunday singles matches, the USA won four of the eight match-play competitions, negating any comeback hopes for GB&I.

Lua and Kono bring to three the total of U.S. Curtis Cup team members tutored by Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. Tiffany Joh played for the victorious 2008 Curtis Cup team, which won at St. Andrews. Overall, four players from UCLA have participated in Curtis Cup competition.

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