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2014 Curtis Cup Match - USA Team Saturday Quotes

8th June 2014

2014 Curtis Cup Match - USA Team Saturday Quotes

Q.  Tell me how you felt this afternoon, lots of breaks today.

KYUNG KIM:  It was good actually.  I was pretty excited to play in the alternate-shot since this was my first one, and playing with Aaron, we grew up with each other, so it was just fun playing with her.  I was very comfortable playing with her and just had a lot of fun.

Q.  Captain Port has said such great things about you, called you her sparkplug.  How do you feel out here this week?

KYUNG KIM:  I feel good actually.  I'm striking the ball well.  Putting pretty well on these greens.

Q.  There was one hole on the back nine where you had a great putt and you gave a big fist pump.

KYUNG KIM:  That was 13.

Q.  You're such a reserved player, and we don't always see a big reaction out of you.

KYUNG KIM:  Aaron hit it pretty well today.  She put me in good position to putt, but I wasn't dropping anything.  So on that hole, she left me a 10-footer downhill right-to-left.  Just finally made one, felt nice, good.

Q.  Tell me about what happened on 16.

KYUNG KIM:  I just tried to, I felt really comfortable hitting my hybrids this week.  As soon as I saw how far it was, I was like, okay, it's a hybrid, good.  So just hit a solid shot.  Ended up kind of short but Erynne had a good lag putt that just made the finishing putt.

Q.  How do you feel going into tomorrow; the USA has a big lead.

KYUNG KIM:  I still think we're going to go out there and play our own game.  We're going to still think of it like a serious match and hopefully keep it going.

Q. You and Kyung looked pretty comfortable together this afternoon.  Tell me how you felt?

ERYNNE LEE:  I mean, honestly for me, I didn't feel too good about my game.  I feel like I lost a little bit of rhythm out there.  I honestly felt like Kyung was carrying me today, like she was making a lot of putts.  I was making some drives and putting her in position.  I'm just glad that we came out with a victory.  We fought hard and kept our head up high.

Q.  Tell me about how the match closed on 16.  It was a halved hole.

ERYNNE LEE:  It was.  Both tee shots were incredible.  Kyung came up just a little short on the fringe.  I just had a downhill putt about 39 feet.  I guess because it's a little bit dark, I misjudged the speed a little bit and left her like a crucial three- to four-footer.  I'm glad she made it.  She's a great short game player and she can make putts from anywhere, so I trusted her in that.

The other team, they hit a solid shot coming in and they had probably better position coming in.  They were having an uphill putt and passed the hole by four feet.  So putting the pressure on Kyung, but she obviously made it.

Q.  Now there's still a match to finish up but the USA is going to go into tomorrow with a pretty big lead.  How do you keep yourself from getting too far ahead?

ERYNNE LEE:  I think it's golf.  For everybody, you just have to stay in the moment.  Forget about the past and just move on and don't think too ahead in the future, and just kind of be with your own game and the little things that you need to work on.

Q.  Sorry you didn't finish, but tell me how you felt today.

MARIAH STACKHOUSE:  I felt pretty good.  I know when Captain told me I was playing with Ally, I was excited because she's steady, I'm steady.  Not going to see too many crazy things from either of us out there, so I think that was good.

We got off to I guess a slow start -- not really slow but just an unfortunate couple breaks but then we pulled it together and kept the pedal down for a while.

We're now 1-up going into 16.  We gave a couple away, but I don't think they were bad gives.  Just the last hole was taken and that's how if you're going to lose a hole, you want to lose it.  I'm feeling good about these last three holes, possibly.

ALLY McDONALD:  15, the pin in the very back, and I gave her -- she was under the trees where I put her drive.  And so she said, I'm going to lay up to about 160.  I said, I like it.

So you're thinking at that point with the pin being in the back, par is going to be a good score and then Stephanie sticks it.  Especially in alternate-shot, you might expect that in four-ball because you can have one person be more aggressive but alternate-shot, losing on a birdie, you can't really complain about that.

Q.  So you got three holes or less to play tomorrow.  How do you keep the mentality overnight?

MARIAH STACKHOUSE:  I say you forget about it for a second and wake up in the morning and get pumped.

ALLY McDONALD:  I think you completely forget about everything, because these last three holes are going to be like another match.  You have to play like you're all-square or down, a three-hole shootout.  I expect us to come out ready to play and we are going to be raring and ready.

16 is going to be a good shot.  I know Mariah is going to be ready to hit it and we'll give ourselves opportunities and hopefully finish it before 18.

Q.  USA is going to go into singles with a pretty sizable lead.  How do you handle knowing the USA is so far ahead without getting too far ahead of yourself?

MARIAH STACKHOUSE:  There are only eight matches and anything can happen.  If we had that type of lead and we had 12, 16 players going out, it would be -- there's only eight matches going out.  It's not a lot.

So we've still got to go out and play as if every single one has to fight for that point that's going to win it for us.

I think none of us on that team have that mentality, all we need is two points.  We have the mentality that everybody is trying to win their match, so I don't think we have anything to worry about.  We just have to go out there and play golf?

ALLY McDONALD:  And everybody is playing good.  I think if everybody plays to the best of our ability, we'll see the points we need to get.

Q.  Getting dark at the end.

ASHLAN RAMSEY:  It was, tough to read putts, but didn't affect us too, too much.

Q.  Any concern after 16?

ALISON LEE:  Yeah, I wanted to go in because I was getting tired.  Clutch putt to Charlotte on 16; that was clutch to extend the match.  But I feel like overall today, we held each other's backs really well coming in, especially the last few holes when I wasn't hitting the best shots and we kind of got lucky, because they weren't playing their best, either.

So yeah, I feel like, you know, just everything held together for us.

Q.  You made some incredible putts in the middle of the rounds.  What was happening?

ASHLAN RAMSEY:  The beginning of the round, I kind of got a little bit frustrated because I was hitting the putts I wanted to hit.  I just wasn't reading any putts correctly, really.  And so right there in the middle, I finally read a few right, and you know, got them to go in.  But that definitely helped my confidence, and I think it helped Alison's, too, just to see something positive get going.

Q.  You've played all matches.  Tired?

ALISON LEE:  Yeah, I kind of almost collapsed on hole 15.  I just sat down on the grass.  But yeah, you know, especially today with the delays, I'm sure everyone is kind of exhausted, and, yeah, I feel like some people are going to have to play tomorrow, too.

Yeah, this is a battle, especially this kind of tournament, playing 36 holes two days in a row and then going into singles tomorrow.  And I'm really glad we get to play in the afternoon tomorrow so we get some good rest tonight.

Q.  Was there something about foursomes?  She put you out twice, both in foursomes.  Was it a format that you liked?  Was it something where you shined?

ASHLAN RAMSEY:  I do like the format.  I am typically a solid player and pretty consistent player.  I don't really make too many bogeys or too many birdies.

So I feel like that's why I work well in this format, and especially with Alison being a great player, just it makes it a lot easier to play well with someone like Alison.

Q.  Do either of you have a preference when you would like to go out tomorrow?

ASHLAN RAMSEY:  Bronte [Law] and I have been talking --

ALISON LEE:  I don't have a preference as far as order-wise.  We're all good players and we can play anywhere in the lineup.  I think it will be a good match.

Q.  Did she talk to you in advance about potentially playing all five matches?


Q.  Were you surprised by that?

ALISON LEE:  Kind of, because I didn't know how she would set it up, but I think she did that because I was hitting it pretty decent today and I was sticking all the shots.  So, yeah, I mean, Captain Port, she's done a great job with the whole team and she'll continue to do a good job.  She's just the best captain.

Q.  You only need a half a point.

ASHLAN RAMSEY:  It looks good.  It's been a fun week.  We are trying to take it all in.  Really honestly I'm trying to remember the moments and make sure I don't forget them.  It's still been a great week with my best friends.


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