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America retain the Handa Cup

The Americans have retained the Handa Cup for a fifth time this weekend.

The event was held at the Wentworth by the Sea Country Club, Portsmouth, New Hampshire from 2nd to 5th September

Despite the World Team winning Sundays singles matches for the first time in the final round, the US still won by 27 points to 21

The US took an eight point lead from Saturday’s team matches into Sunday’s singles matches

US Team Captain Kathy Whitworth said "Everyone out there was so competitive," Whitworth said. "The World team beat us in singles for the first time, which is usually our strong point. But they beat up on us pretty good.

The Handa Cup, now in its fifth year is a two day match play completion between senior women golfers in two teams, the USA and the World Team, made up golfers from the rest of the world.

Each team has 12 players and one non-playing captain. It is hosted alternatively in the USA and elsewhere in the World.

All five competitions have now been won by the USA, and World Team Captain Cathy Panton-Lewis vowed “This will be the last year that I will have to wish Kathy‘Well done.’”

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