U.S. routs Europe at Jr. Solheim
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Each year of the biennial match play event, the PING Junior Solheim Cup has been won by the host team, and 2009 was no different as the United States recaptured the Cup by a 15.5-8.5 total.
The U.S. team began the day with a three-point advantage, needing to win five points to reach 12.5 – the number needed to bring the Cup back to the United States. The U.S. won four of the first six matches and was well on its way.
“The score doesn’t show how close it was,” U.S. captain Nancy Lopez said. “I’m so proud of my team for never giving up. They played with heart and are a fantastic team.”
The U.S. earned itEs decisive point in the ninth match of the day.
Kristina Wong stepped to the tee of the par-3 No. 17 with a 2-up lead over Sweden’s Johanna Tillstrom. While Wong’s tee shot rested on the fringe of the back at the green, Tillstrom’s shot landed in the rough to the left of the green. Tillstrom’s chip left her just short of the green and Wong’s putt rolled to within inches and gave the U.S. the Cup.
“I was really nervous standing over that putt,” Wong said. “I had lost both of my matches yesterday, and I really wanted to play well today for my team. I didn’t even know I had scored the winning point until the team came out onto the green congratulating me.”
American team members going undefeated through all three rounds were Sarah Brown, Tiffany Lua, Alexis Thompson, and Kristen Park.
One European team member ended the tournament undefeated, as Kelly Tidy won her match Wednesday, 5 and 4.
“The way my team has carried themselves and performed under pressure has really been impressive to me,” European captain Carin Koch said. “I’m so proud of the girls and the way they stuck in there and played tough.”
– The AJGA contributed to this report