Taylor Leon Helps U.S. To Curtis Cup Win



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BANDON, Ore. --- Taylor Leon, a rising sophomore on the Georgia women’s golf team, helped lead the United States Curtis Cup team to victory over a squad from Great Britain and Ireland at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on Sunday. Leon teamed with Jane Park to halve her foursome match on Sunday morning and then won her singles match play competition as the U.S. secured an 11 ½ to 6 ½ win.

Leon notched her second consecutive 5-and-4 win in match play during the afternoon, defeating Naomi Edwards. Edwards jumped out to a 2-up lead by winning No. 2 and No. 4; however, Leon stormed back to win seven consecutive holes – Nos. 5-11 – to build a 5-up edge through 11 holes. Leon captured the match after halving the next three holes and eliminating Edwards’ chance to rallying by holding a five-hole lead with four holes to play.

In the morning, Leon and Park secured a half-point for the U.S. by halving their match with Tricia Mangan and Tara Delaney. That was the only scoring done by the Americans during the morning as the GB&I squad won the other two foursomes matches.

The Americans entered the day with a seemingly unsurmountable 7-2 lead following Saturday’s competition. After securing 2.5 points on Sunday morning, Great Britain and Ireland also won the first two singles matches of the afternoon to pull within 7.5-6.5 before the United States closed out the competition by winning the remaining four singles matches.

Over the weekend, Leon posted a 3-0-1 record in her matches. She and Park supplied 3.5 points for the U.S., the most of any members of the team.

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