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U.S. Sweeps Singles in Nations’ Cup

July 6, 1999

STOUFFVILLE, Ontario (AP) _ Juli Inkster, the U.S. Women’s Open and LPGA Championship winner, beat Gail Graham 3 and 2 as the United States swept the singles matches Tuesday to rout Canada 8-1 in the inaugural Nations’ Cup.

Dottie Pepper, Meg Mallon, Kelly Robbins and Rosie Jones added victories for the United States, which took a 3-1 lead Monday in the best-ball and alternate-shot matches.

``These are five phenomenal players,″ said U.S. captain Judy Rankin, who also directed the United States’ winning teams in the 1996 and 1998 Solheim Cup matches against Europe.

``Another big edge they have is that they have a lot of experience at this kind of golf. I can’t tell you what that means in this format. Now the Canadians have some experience and if they continue to do it every year, they’re only going to get better.″

In the other singles matches Emerald Hills course, Pepper beat Dawn Coe-Jones 4 and 2, Mallon defeated Lorie Kane 5 and 4, Robbins beat Nancy Harvey 5 and 4, and Jones edged A.J. Eathorne 1-up.

``There is a lot of pressure playing for your country in your country,″ Mallon said. ``I feel bad for Lorie that she didn’t play her best golf because I know she had a lot of pressure on her.″

Eathorne and Graham had the lone Canadian victory, 5 and 3 over Pepper and Jones in best-ball play Monday.

``I can’t wait for next year,″ said Kane, No. 7 on the LPGA Tour money list. ``I’m extremely disappointed with my performance, but I learned from it and wish we could play the next Nations’ Cup next week because I’m ready to go.″

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