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Americans, Britain-Ireland Even After Three Foursomes

June 21, 1996

KILLARNEY, Ireland (AP) _ Teen-ager Cristie Kerr sank a 15-foot putt at the 18th hole to give the United States a split with the combined Britain and Ireland team after today’s three foursomes matches in the Curtis Cup.

Britain-Ireland and the Americans each won one of the foursomes. The third ended in a halve to give each team 1 1/2 points. Six more points will be decided in today’s singles matches, with nine points on offer Saturday on the final day.

Kerr, 18, teammed with Carol Semple Thompson, sank the long putt to allow the Americans to halve the par-4 18th hole and gain a precious half point.

``I had a feeling I would hole the putt, but you just give it your best effort and just hope,″ said Kerr, recently graduated from Miami’s Sunset High School.

In the two other foursomes, Americans Ellen Port and Kelli Kuehne defeated Julie Hall and Lisa Educate 2 and 1, and Britons Alison Rose and Lisa Dermott defeated Marla Jemsek and Brenda Corrie-Kuehn 3 and 1.

The Americans hold a 20-5 advantage, with three of 28 matches having ended in draws, in the biennial series between amateur women that dates back to 1932. But the United States has won only one of the last five (1990) and hasn’t won out of its country since 1984.

Two years ago in Chattanooga, Tenn., the combined Britain-Ireland team drew 9-9 with the Americans to hold on to the cup it won in 1992.

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