A great week for Bailey Tardy, not so much for the U.S. Women in Curtis Cup loss

USA player Bailey Tardy flashes the peace sign as she and teammate Monica Vaughn head to the clubhouse after their 2 and 1 victory at the 17th hole during afternoon four-ball at the 2016 Curtis Cup at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club near Dublin, Ireland on Friday, June 10, 2016. (Copyright USGA/Steven Gibbons)
USA player Bailey Tardy flashes the peace sign as she and teammate Monica Vaughn head to the clubhouse after their 2 and 1 victory at the 17th hole during afternoon four-ball at the 2016 Curtis Cup at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club near Dublin, Ireland on Friday, June 10, 2016. (Copyright USGA/Steven Gibbons)

USA player Bailey Tardy flashes the peace sign as she and teammate Monica Vaughn head to the clubhouse after their 2 and 1 victory at the 17th hole during afternoon four-ball at the 2016 Curtis Cup at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club near Dublin, Ireland. (Copyright USGA/Steven Gibbons)

The United States failed to retain the Curtis Cup, but may have discovered a new standout in Bailey Tardy.

The rising sophomore at the University of Georgia was 3-2 in the match at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club in Ireland. Tardy and teammate Monica Vaughn were undefeated the first day, winning their foursomes match 1 up and winning their four-ball match 2 and 1. On Saturday, Tardy and Vaughn lost their foursomes match 3 and 2 and, paired with Mariel Galdiano, lost the four-ball match 3 and 2.

She finished the competition by defeating Charlotte Thomas of England 4 and 3 on Sunday. Tardy played the round in 3-under, with concessions from her opponent.

“Honestly I didn’t wake up with the alarm today,” she said. “We were leaving at 8 and I woke up at 6. I was just so ready to get out here and fight.”

Tardy, who has already qualified for next month’s U.S. Women’s Open, was still seething about receive a slow-play penalty in Saturday’s four-ball match.

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.

On Sunday, the home team came into the last eight singles matches with a four-point cushion, thanks to a sweep of the three four-ball matches on Saturday when GB&I shot a combined 20 under par.

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