The Curtis Cup, Day 1at Quaker Ridge Golf Clib

Quaker Ridge Golf Club, in Scarsdale NY is playing the host of this wonderful Amateur event that has the US Women’s Amateurs against the best in Britain and Ireland. Although the US has had their way with this event as a whole with an overall record of 28-8-3 the GB&I team is the defending Champion.  But when day 1 came to an end, the US took control with a 4-2 lead.

The US showed their strength early today as they would jump out to a 2-1 lead in the morning and follow that up with a win and two halves to give them a 4-2 lead.

The GB&I team hung tough as they were facing a very talented US Team.  The team of Olivia Mehaffey/Sohia Lamb accounted for 1.5 of the 2 points for the GB&I team.

The US team would get big wins in the morning by Jennifer Kupcho / Lilia Vu and Lauren Stephenson / Kristen Gillman. Then in the afternoon, Lilia Vu / Kristen Gillman were paired up and kept their winning ways going with a 4 and 3 victory, which was the only one of the afternoon.

Coming into this tournament, the US was far and away the more talented team when you look at the individual rankings. Here is a look at the team with regards to their World rankings.

The US Team is stacked with some of the best Women’s Amateur Golfers in the world.  Led by Lilia Vu, whom is currently ranked number 1, followed by Jennifer Kupcho at number 2.   Kristen Gillman is ranked 8th and while Lauren Stephenson sits at 6th.   Andrea Lee is currently ranked 5th, while 15 year old Lucy Li is ranked 9th.   The elder states…woman as a senior at the University of Texas and 22 years of age.   Her current ranking this 15th in the world.   Check out this LINK for each members Bio.

World Women’s Amateur Rankings

The course itself is a wonderful layout with a par of 70 tracking just over 6200 yards for this event.  Quaker Ridge is no stranger to Big events as it has hosted a handful of big events, both PGA and USGA events.

1936 Metropolitan Open (Byron Nelson)
1978 Metropolitan Open (David Glenz)
1993 Metropolitan Open (Bruce Zabriski)
1997 Walker Cup (USA won 18-6)

Designed by A.W. Tillinghast, the club opened back in 1918 and is consistently ranked as one of the Best in New York State.  For those unfamiliar, the course from the tips is just under 7100 yards

 

Author: Jhavelka