USA and Europe are tied at 3 at the Junior Ryder Cup
The United States won two of three opening girls' fourball matches at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, while Europe countered by winning two of the three boys' matches. The two-day match ends Tuesday with a day of mixed fourballs.
PGA.com news services
September 18, 2006
NEWPORT, Wales -- Isabelle Lendl of the United States showed some of the skill and tenacity that made her father such a force on the tennis court by winning her first match in The 2006 Junior Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort on Monday.
Lendl, the 15-year-old daughter of eight-time Grand Slam tennis champion Ivan Lendl and the No. 5-ranked junior girl golfer in the United States, teamed up with Vicky Hurst to inflict a 1-hole fourball defeat on the fancied Spanish pairing of Carlota Ciganda, the reigning Spanish Ladies International Amateur Champion, and Marta Silva.
Lendl admitted to a few nerves as she reached the 18th tee 1-up, but was boosted by the cheers of the American gallery behind.
"During my practice swing I heard a roar and looked back to see one of my friend's parents going crazy, so I knew USA had pulled even in that match," she said. "That gave me an extra adrenalin rush."
Suitably charged up, Lendl blasted the ball over the bunker on the left-hand side and back into the middle of the fairway. Hurst did likewise and the pair went on to make comfortable pars.
Ciganda almost snatched a birdie with the last putt, but she could only watch as her long effort from the back of the green brushed the outside of the cup.
Scotland's Carly Booth, who at 14 won this year's Scottish Under-16 Championship, played impressively alongside Italy's Giulia Molinaro, but lost by a hole to Esther Choe, the No. 1 U.S. girl golfer, and Kristen Schelling.
"I am disappointed, but at least we only lost holes to birdies," said Booth, who would have been three under for her round on the Roman Road Course had she holed out at the 16th.
Europe won three of the remaining four Monday matches to leave the two-day competition perfectly balanced at three points all going into the final day of mixed fourballs on Tuesday.
Monday Fourball Results:
Philip Francis / Drew Kittleson (USA) def. Anders Kristiansen / Are Friestad (EUR), 3 & 1
Vicky Hurst / Isabelle Lendl (USA) def. Carlota Ciganda / Marta Silva (EUR), 1-hole
Esther Choe / Kristen Schelling (USA) def. Carly Booth / Giulia Molinaro (EUR), 1-hole
Pedro Figueiredo / Victor Dubuisson (EUR) def. Joe Monte / Tony Mapu Finau (USA), 2 & 1
Sean Einhaus / Maximilian Kieffer (EUR) def. Bud Cauley / Andrew Yun (USA), 4 & 2
Laura Gonzales-Escallon / Saskia Hausladen (EUR) def. Brittany Altomare and Cassandra Blaney (USA), 2 & 1
Tuesday Mixed Fourball Pairings:
Philip Francis / Esther Choe vs. Anders Kristiansen / Carlota Ciganda
Drew Kittleson / Isabelle Lendl vs. Sean Einhaus / Saskia Hausladen
Andrew Yun / Kristen Schelling vs. Are Friestad / Carly Booth
Bud Cauley / Vicky Hurst vs. Pedro Figueiredo / Marta Silva
Tony Mapu Finau / Cassandra Blaney vs. Maximilian Kieffer / Laura Gonzales-Escallon
Joe Monte / Brittany Altomare vs. Victor Dubuisson / Giulia Molinaro
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