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Gillman, US roll in biggest blowout in Curtis Cup history

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Kristen Gillman led a U.S. singles sweep Sunday in the biggest blowout in Curtis Cup history.

Gillman, the 20-year-old University of Alabama star from Austin, Texas, beat 16-year-old Annabell Fuller 5 and 4 to cap a perfect weekend at Quaker Ridge in the amateur competition.

The Americans won 17-3, breaking the record for margin of victory of 11 set in a 14 1/2-3 1/2 victory at Denver Country Club in 1982. They improved to 29-8-3 in the series, rebounding from a loss in 2016 at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland.

“I’m very proud of my players,” U.S. captain Virginia Derby Grimes said. “They are a phenomenal group of girls. They’ve been so much fun to be around, and they just gelled and bonded.”

Gillman, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, joined American Stacy Lewis (2008) and England’s Bronte Law (2016) as the only players to go 5-0-0 since the format was changed to three days in 2008.

“It’s really rare and she played exceptionally well,” Grimes said. “She had it going. I definitely wanted to keep putting her out there, but she was playing well and making putts.”

Sophia Schubert, the Texas senior and 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, started the singles rout with a 2-and-1 victory over Olivia Mehaffey.

“I was so excited to get out here today,” said the 22-year-old Schubert, the oldest U.S. player. “I played OK yesterday and the day before, but I was just ready to come out here and play their best player and just show them what I can do.”

In the other matches, top-ranked Lilia Vu defeated Sophie Lamb 2 up; Jennifer Kupcho, the NCAA individual winner this year for Wake Forest, beat Lily May Humphreys 2 and 1; Andrea Lee edged Alice Hewson 2 and 1; Lauren Stephenson beat Shannon McWilliam 2 and 1; 15-year-old Lucy Li defeated India Clyburn 5 and 4; and Mariel Galdiano held off Paula Grant 1 up.

“We believe in each other so much,” Vu said. “When we’re on the course together, when it’s like foursomes or four-balls, we just read each other’s putts. We know it with confidence and just do it.”

The U.S. won all five sessions for the first time, and every American earned at least two points.

“We’re obviously very disappointed with the scoreline and all you can do is congratulate the United States on its win and the very high standard of golf they have played this week,” Britain and Ireland captain Elaine Farquharson-Black said.

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