For GB&I, this looked to be an uphill battle even before the first tee shot was struck at Quaker Ridge.

Indeed, all eight members of the U.S. team ranked inside of the top-22 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. They were spearheaded by world No.1, Lilia Vu, the current U.S. Amateur Champion, Sophia Schubert, and Lucy Li, the 15-year-old who made history when qualifying for the U.S. Open aged 11.

As for GB&I, led by Elaine Farquharson-Black, the average world ranking was 82.

There was hope, though, particularly after defeating the USA two years ago at Dun Laoghaire in Dublin.

And that hope was carried into the first session on Friday when GB&I were staring a whitewash in the face, but Olivia Mehaffey and Sophie Lamb turned around their match when 3-down to salvage a half, and then Paula Grant rolled in a big birdie putt on the 18th to halve her match alongside Shannon McWilliam against Lauren Stephenson and Schubert.

At the conclusion of play on Friday, GB&I were down 4-2 – a more than respectable scoreline.

But the U.S. came out firing on Saturday, and Farquharson-Black’s side had almost no response.

All three morning fourball matches went to the U.S., and they won another two matches in the afternoon session, with Mehaffey and Lamb providing some respite for GB&I when they defeated Jennifer Kupcho and Vu 2&1.

And so the U.S. headed into the final day with a commanding 9-3 lead. With eight points still up for grabs, GB&I still had a chance, but an admittedly slim one against a ruthless U.S. side.

Schubert got early points on the board as she saw off Mehaffey, while Vu defeated Lamb to put the match almost beyond reach for the GB&I team.

Things would then go from bad to worse, as the final six matches were all won by the U.S. team. Kristen Gillman struck the final blow, as she dominated Annabell Fuller to win 5&4 and seal the win for the U.S.

The 17-3 win was the largest margin of victory in the history of the competition.

It was a hugely disappointing week for GB&I, but they will be looking to win back the trophy on home soil in 2020 when they face off against the U.S. at Conwy Golf Club in Wales.

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Alex Perry


Alex is a Devonian who enjoys wittering on about his south west roots, Alex moved north to join NCG after more than a decade in London, the last five of which were with ESPN. Away from golf, Alex follows Torquay United and spends too much time playing his PlayStation or his guitar and not enough time practising his short game.

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