After winning two and halving the third Scotch foursome match Saturday morning, the Yanks were ahead 8-4, needing only a victory and a half in the final singles matches to retain the cup. "All this is so bloody frustrating," Dinah Oxley said. "I really don't think it means that much to the American girls. This is the only one that matters to us, you know. We just want to be one up on the Americans. Doesn't everybody?"
When Jane Bastanchury defeated Ann Irvin 4 and 3 the U.S. was assured of at least a tie. Out on the course, though, the other foreigners were more than holding their own, and for a time it appeared that they might make a great comeback. The key match suddenly was between Miss Oxley and Miss Hamlin, who were even after 16 holes. Shelley, who maintains a grinning Howdy Doody face while she plays—something that irritates her rivals—then won the 17th hole to go one up. On 18, assured of at least half a point the U.S. needed to win, Shelley was on the green in three, about 40 feet from the hole, while Miss Oxley was 25 feet away in two.
Miss Hamlin stood over her putt, then unexpectedly reached down and picked up the ball. "It moved," she explained to Dinah. "I concede the hole. You know, I was going to hole the putt."
Miss Oxley was insulted. "I was going to hole my putt, too," she said, "For a birdie." Later, Dinah was still incensed. "First of all it was so difficult to play someone with such an inane smile," she said, "and then the girl becomes a hero because her ball moved. Why, she was going to lose the hole anyway. But now everybody says, 'Poor Shelley, what a tough break.' It's all a bloody shame."
At last. The British have learned how to lose poorly.