Faldo Watches Junior Ryder Cup end in a Tie
Following two victories by Europe in 2002 and 2004, The 2006 Junior Ryder Cup ended six points apiece with Europe's next Ryder Cup Captain among those in the gallery.
Steven Franklin, Press Officer
19 September 2006
Nick Faldo, Europe’s Ryder Cup Captain for 2008, was in the gallery at The Celtic Manor Resort this afternoon to watch a thrilling conclusion to The 2006 Junior Ryder Cup, which ended in a tie at six points apiece.
New Yorker Cassandra Blaney struck the defining blow, holing for a half at the 18th to deny Europe, captained by Welshman Andy Ingram, a fourth straight victory in the two-day contest.
Blaney and her partner, Utah State Amateur Champion Tony Mapu Finau, had been involved in a ding-dong battle with Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer and Belgium’s Laura Gonzales-Escallon in the final fourball match out on the course.
The American pair moved one up at the 12th and despite coming under severe pressure over the closing holes, they hung on gamely and Blaney’s par at the last secured the match-levelling point.
Earlier in the afternoon, Isabelle Lendl ensured she would leave Wales boasting a 100 per cent record after partnering Drew Kittleson to a 3 & 1 victory over the German duo of Sean Einhaus and Saskia Hausladen.
Isabelle, the daughter of eight-time Grand Slam tennis champion Ivan Lendl, was two under par for 17 holes to add to her impressive showing in Monday’s fourballs win alongside Vicky Hurst.
“It has been fun and a real honour to represent my country in The Junior Ryder Cup. I’m back to school tomorrow but I will leave with some good memories, although we could have won it,” said the 15 year old, whose dad was undergoing root canal treatment and had yet to learn of his daughter’s second victory.
Another of the leading girls on show in the competition, 14 year old Scottish starlet Carly Booth, partnered Norwegian Are Friestad to a 3 & 2 success over Andrew Yun and Kristen Schelling, which helped to erase her disappointment at losing in the previous day’s same-sex fourballs.
“I am sure there are some future Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup players here,” said Faldo, before presenting each team with a crystal trophy at the closing ceremony.
Ingram, who had captained Europe to victory in Ohio two years ago, said: “I think that both teams put on a great spectacle, so hopefully people will realise the impressive standards of these players. There is a slight disappointment at not winning, but hopefully another Welshman in Ian Woosnam can do that later this week.”
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- 1969: Tony Jacklin and Jack Nicklaus on the final hole of the final day.