Then Gunderson, who had been playing sloppily, injected a fierce spark into the American attack. As she trudged up the 11th fairway, Miss Creed mumbled to her partner that they better get going soon. "Yeah, like right now," JoAnne answered. The hole is a par-5, playing at about 410 yards. The husky JoAnne drew out a four-iron, and smashed a high, soaring shot onto the green. The ball floated down no more than six feet from the hole. The British girls made a fine birdie, but Clifford Ann dropped in her putt, and the U.S. team won the hole with an eagle 3. Two holes later they led I up and were never behind again. Neither were the other American pairs. Miss Ashley and Miss Johnstone, in fact, won their match by a record margin of 8 holes up with 7 to play.
The singles matches the following day struck only one cheerful note for the British in an otherwise gloomy dirge. The youngest Britisher, Miss Frearson, proved to be the best player as well. She hits a long ball and putts with the sure authority of an American. Only three-over-par for the 29 holes she played, she defeated a luckless Judy Bell, 8 and 7. While Diane's excellent showing may supply a shred of encouragement for Britain's youth-training plan, their players still have much to learn. With only two or three exceptions, they do not hit the ball nearly far enough, nor nearly high enough to compete with the U.S. players. In addition, their long, flaccid putting strokes are not at all effective on fast, contoured greens. Nor is their heavy reliance on touch and feel in their putting apt to stand up to an attack of nerves under pressure.
But the British girls made a delightful impression during their visit to Colorado, the first time their team has been west of the Mississippi. And if the British Isles had to send some ladies 5,000 miles to receive such a trouncing, they could not have picked more pleasant ambassadors to carry out the suicidal assignment. It's just too bad that the Army band could have rightfully sent them away with the aptly named tune it used to greet them, the Bogey march.