There were several former Spirit players competing in the Curtis Cup this weekend, including Mariel Galdiano, Hannah O’Sullivan, Meghan MacLaren, Leonna Maguire and Bronte Law. The GB&I team bested the Americans 11 1/2 to 8 1/2.
It was only the third GB&I victory in the biennial competition over the last 20 years, two of which have come in the Republic of Ireland. GB&I took the 1996 Match at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, then endured a seven-Match losing streak to the Americans before winning again in 2012 at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland. That Match saw GB&I rally on the final day for a one-point decision.
It was Bronte Law, however, that had the week of a lifetime.
In the same week she was named the recipient of the 2016 Annika Award for being college golf’s female player of the year, the 21-year-old from England added one more impressive item to her growing portfolio.
Law completed only the second 5-0 week in a Curtis Cup – LPGA Tour star Stacy Lewis was the first to achieve it in 2008 – by helping Great Britain and Ireland to an 11½-8½ victory over the USA at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club. She punctuated her third – and likely last – appearance in the biennial competition by rallying to beat Mika Liu, 1 up, in Sunday singles. The clinching point had come moments earlier from teammate Meghan MacLaren, but everyone surrounding the 18th green knew who the star of the week was.
Congratulations to all the players who competed this week.