Thurman leads U.S. squad to victory at Curtis Cup

Merseyside, England (OSU Athletics <http://www.okstate.com>) — Annie Thurman, a senior-to-be on the Oklahoma State Cowgirl golf team, ensured the United States team of an outright victory over the Great Britain & Ireland squad at the 33rd Curtis Cup with a 1-up victory over Danielle Masters of England in the last singles match. The USA defeated GB&I, 10-8, in the two-day event.

The USA needed only nine points to keep the Cup since it already owned possession of it coming into the competition. The match, conducted alternately in the United States and Great Britain & Ireland, took place at the Formby Golf Club. The USA now leads the series, 24-6-3.

Thurman, the 2004 Big 12 Individual Champion and winner of the 2002 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, went 3-1 to lead the USA golfers. She won three consecutive holes, starting with a par-four on the 353-yard 14th hole, to take control against Masters. She assured the USA of an outright victory when she took a two hole lead after Masters bogeyed the par-three, 120-yard No. 16.

On Saturday, Thurman paired with Sarah Huarte, the 2004 NCAA Individual Champion, and fell to Nicola Timmins and Masters, both of England, 1up. In her singles match, Thurman defeated Scotland's Anne Laing, 4 and 3.

In Sunday's matches, Thurman paired with Duke freshman Brittany Lang and the duo defeated Timmins and Masters, 5 and 4. In her final match, Thurman defeated Masters, 1up.

Begun in 1932, the Curtis Cup is a biennial match for women's amateur golfers. Attendance figures were released by the Ladies Golf Union, which conducts the Curtis Cup when it is played in Great Britain and Ireland. More than 8,000 spectators watched Sunday's competition.

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