Q. I know it was satisfying to get No. 12, and then you were 2-0, and then you make that putt. How rewarding or satisfying is it?
CAROL SEMPLE THOMPSON: Well, I can't think of a better scenario. I mean, I can't imagine winning two points, because I had not won that many points in recent years. Although two, years ago, I had a very good partner, and I did one win point with Beth Bauer.
Everything about this week was perfect. The kids were perfect. The captain was perfect. The honorary captain was perfect. Of course, the venue I love, being at home, and then the for the scenario to play out the way it did.
Q. What did you have in on 18? What did you hit?
CAROL SEMPLE THOMPSON: Hit a 6-iron.
CAROL SEMPLE THOMPSON: It was 152 to the middle, so I was 140-ish to the hole.
Q. What did your husband have to say about your efforts? Does he get nervous watching you?
CAROL SEMPLE THOMPSON: Oh, I think he probably does get nervous, but he doesn't say much to me. I didn't see him at all out there. As a spectator. I'm sure he was there.
Q. You've seen him and he's commented to you on that putt, has he?
CAROL SEMPLE THOMPSON: Well, he did say it was sort of unbelievable. (Laughter.)
But he was a little bit tongue-tied at the time.
RHONDA GLENN: What did your mother say to you?
CAROL SEMPLE THOMPSON: She was definitely tongue-tied. (Laughter.) And then I actually didn't see her until about 20 minutes after I finished or half an hour after I finished, and by then we had both calmed down a little bit.
She doesn't say a whole lot. She finally says, okay, you did all right. (Laughter.)
Q. Meredith, was there a point out on the course where you saw the board, saw what was happening and felt any more determined or inspired?
MEREDITH DUNCAN: Definitely. I was down, I lost the third hole to go 1-down, and after that, I looked at the board and it was all like everybody was 1-down, 1-down, 2-down, all square, 1-down, and I'm looking at it going, "Holy mackerel, what is happening?"
And then it hit me, I was like, "This can't happen." I said, "I'm not going to let this happen." I said I'm not going I can't control what my other teammates do, but I can control what I'm doing. So I said I'm going to take care of my match and I know they are going to take care of their matches, but I can't worry about them. I actually have to take care of what I'm doing.
Q. Was it easy to focus on what you were doing and not worry about how the others were progressing?
MEREDITH DUNCAN: Oh, I was definitely worried about it. I mean, not worried, but I was definitely thinking about what they were doing, because Laura was playing right in front of me and every time I'd see the board it would be like 5-down and the next hole it would go to down four.
And my caddie was laughing at me because he said I kept talking to myself. He said I kept walking down the fairway saying: "Way to go, Laura. Good job, Laura. Way to go, Laura. Good job, Laura." I kept repeating that, walking down the fairway to myself. And he thought I was talking to him but I was talking to myself.
So I kept looking at the board, you know, trying to focus, but obviously, with Laura ahead of me, 5-down, 4-down, 3-down and I could see her coming back. And her being in front of me I think really kept me going because I was 2-up after 11, and then I lost 12 and 13, so I got back to even.
And then I think she won 14 and I was in the fairway on 14 and she won 14. I saw it and I was like, you know, okay. I've had enough of this. I've been horsing around way too long and it's time to get this over with.
That really kind of pumped me up.
RHONDA GLENN: I followed that match and you were dead serious all the way around, but your opponent had hit her ball into a bunker on 16 and you had hit a fabulous iron shot right at the flagstick. What were you about, eight 12 feet?
MEREDITH DUNCAN: Eight feet.
RHONDA GLENN: That was the first time I saw you smile. Just a little slight smile, like, okay, this is going to be okay. You went 2-up there.
MEREDITH DUNCAN: Yeah, I did.
RHONDA GLENN: And another thing, this was not Mary's original pairing for the singles. You did not have Carol in the No. 2 slot originally; is that correct?
CAPTAIN BUDKE: That's correct. And I told -- I tried to tell the player, okay, you're going this afternoon or you're not going to this afternoon; or I see you playing -- and then in this case, I said to Carol: I see you playing in the five-slot.
And so -- because I like to give her -- she has a methodical timing and way of doing things, so I'm going to get her planned on that.
Then I'm looking at it, trying to -- I'm sitting there, by myself, penciling out who is playing. And then I go, oh, well, gee, if I put Carol -- I'm going to let, Molly's going to win that first match, which she did. But I'm going to putt Carol two because then she'll win the Cup.
So I go back and tell Carol: "Oh, you're going in the two slot." And that's the ten to 12:00.
And she goes, "oh, oh, I'd better get out there."
I never did find out if she really did have enough time to prepare, but clearly she did.
And I was talking about come bangs, this is one of the great comebacks, as well, was Carol's match.
RHONDA GLENN: You were, what, 3-down at one point, Carol?
CAROL SEMPLE THOMPSON: I was 3-down after seven, and then I won 8, 9, 10 and 11. Or Vikki gave me 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Q. This may not even have occurred to you, but does any part of you have this remarkable moment now in your career feel, "I can't do any better, after what happened this day"; that this is a moment for you to stop international golf?
CAROL SEMPLE THOMPSON: I suppose a small part of me feels that it would be hard to top this. But the vast majority of me does not think that I need to. Does that answer your question?
Q. Would you have it in the back of your mind to be the first person to play in a Curtis Cup at 60?
CAROL SEMPLE THOMPSON: No, I haven't thought about it. You mean at the age of 60?
CAROL SEMPLE THOMPSON: It has not occurred to me, but I guess that's a good goal to set. Why not?
Q. It worked for Gary Player.
CAROL SEMPLE THOMPSON: Well, all right. I'm going to plug that into the hypnosis tape I'm going to listen to this week.
RHONDA GLENN: It was a thrilling match. Congratulations.
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