U.S. strikes first in Paris, takes lead in Junior Ryder Cup

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U.S. strikes first in Paris, takes lead in Junior Ryder Cup

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U.S. strikes first in Paris, takes lead in Junior Ryder Cup

Four Americans went undefeated on the first day of matches as the U.S. took a 7.5-4.5 lead Monday at the Junior Ryder Cup.

Alabama commit Canon Claycomb, BYU commit Cole Ponich, Vanderbilt commit William Moll and Duke commit Erica Shepherd each went 2-0 at Golf Disneyland in Paris.

Claycomb teamed with Florida commit Ricky Castillo in Monday morning’s foursomes session to beat Europe’s David Puig and Eduard Rousaud Sabate, 4 and 3. Claycomb then partnered with Shepherd, who is also his girlfriend, in the afternoon mixed four-ball session to post a 5-and-3 win over Europe’s Conor Gough and Amanda Linner. Shepherd and Lucy Li won their foursomes match over Linner and Annabell Fuller, 5 and 3.

Ponich and Moll beat Gough and Robin Williams in foursomes, 2 up. Ponich then partnered with Alexa Pano to take down Puig and Emma Spitz in four-balls, 2 and 1, while Moll and Stanford commit Rachel Heck won their mixed four-ball match over Nicolai Hojgaard and Alessia Nobilio, 2 and 1.

The Americans led 4-2 after the foursomes session and were poised to take a five-point lead entering Tuesday’s 12 singles matches. But Williams and Fuller combined to make eight birdies and two eagles in a 1-up four-ball win over U.S. Junior champ Michael Thorbjornsen and Li.

“You can’t ask for any more drama; any more golf than that,” said U.S. captain Allen Wronowski. “The kids on both sides played so well. It was a perfect day.

“If you would tell me that we would have a three-point lead with the golf that’s been played today on both sides, I would certainly take it.”

Day 1 results

MORNING FOURSOMES

  • Match 1: Emilie Alba-Paltrinieri/Alessia Nobilio (EUR) halved Yealimi Noh/Rachel Heck (USA)
  • Match 2: Nicolai Hojgaard/Rasmus Hojgaard (EUR) halved Akshay Bhatia/Michael Thorbjornsen (USA)
  • Match 3: Emma Spitz/Ingrid Lindblad (EUR) def. Rose Zhang/Alexa Pano (USA), 4 and 3
  • Match 4: Canon Claycomb/Ricky Castillo (USA) def. David Puig/Eduard Rousaud Sabate (EUR), 4 and 3
  • Match 5: Lucy Li/Erica Shepherd (USA) def. Annabell Fuller/Amanda Linner (EUR), 5 and 3
  • Match 6: William Moll/Cole Ponich (USA) def. Conor Gough/Robin Williams (EUR), 2 up

AFTERNOON MIXED FOUR-BALLS

  • Match 1: William Moll/Rachel Heck (USA) def. Nicolai Hojgaard/Alessia Nobilio (EUR), 2 and 1
  • Match 2: Emilie Alba-Paltrinieri/Rasmus Hojgaard (EUR) def. Akshay Bhatia/Yealimi Noh (USA), 5 and 4
  • Match 3: Eduard Rousaud Sabate/Ingrid Lindblad (EUR) halved Ricky Castillo/Rose Zhang (USA)
  • Match 4: Cole Ponich/Alexa Pano (USA) def. David Puig/Emma Spitz (EUR), 2 and 1
  • Match 5: Robin Williams/Annabell Fuller (EUR) def. Michael Thorbjornsen/Lucy Li (USA), 1 up
  • Match 6: Canon Claycomb/Erica Shepherd (EUR) def. Conor Gough/Amanda Linner (EUR), 5 and 3

Tuesday’s matches, tee times

SINGLES

  • Amanda Linner (EUR) vs. Lucy Li (USA), 9 a.m.
  • Rasmus Hojgaard (EUR) vs. William Moll (USA), 9:10 a.m.
  • Ingrid Lindblad (EUR) vs. Rose Zhang (USA), 9:20 a.m.
  • Nicolai Hojgaard (EUR) vs. Canon Claycomb (USA), 9:30 a.m.
  • Emma Spitz (EUR) vs. Yealimi Noh (USA), 9:40 a.m.
  • Eduard Rousaud Sabate (EUR) vs. Ricky Castillo, 9:50 a.m.
  • Emilie Alba-Paltrinieri (EUR) vs. Erica Shepherd (USA), 10 a.m.
  • David Puig (EUR) vs. Michael Thorbjornsen (USA), 10:10 a.m.
  • Alessia Nobilio (EUR) vs. Alexa Pano (USA), 10:20 a.m.
  • Robin Williams (EUR) vs. Cole Ponich (USA), 10:30 a.m.
  • Annabell Fuller (EUR) vs. Rachel Heck (USA, 10:40 a.m.
  • Conor Gough (EUR) vs. Akshay Bhatia (USA), 10:50 a.m.

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