Lilia Vu, Kristen Gillman lead US in Curtis Cup

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Lilia Vu and Kristen Gillman led the United States to a 4-2 lead over Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup on Friday at Quaker Ridge.

Vu and Gillman beat Alice Hewson and Lily May Humphreys four and three in the morning four-ball matches, then joined other partners in the afternoon foursomes for two more victories. Vu and Jennifer Kupcho edged Hewson and India Clyburn two up; and Gillman and Alabama teammate Lauren Stephenson beat Paula Grant and Humphreys four and two.

“We know each other’s games really well and have similar games,” Stephenson said about Gillman. “We hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens and give ourselves a lot of chances. That makes us a very successful team in alternate shot. We only had one bogey and it was a three-putt.”

Olivia Mehaffey and Sophie Lamb earned one-and-a-half points for Britain and Ireland. They halved with Kupcho and 15-year-old Lucy Li in the morning, and beat Mariel Galdiano and Andrea Lee three and two.

The US leads the series 28-8-3. It is trying to regain the cup after falling 11 1/2-8 1/2 in 2016 in Ireland.