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Kelly Tidy gives Leona Maguire (Europe) a high-five during Foursome Matches of the Junior Ryder Cup(Mike Ehrmann/PGA of America)

European Junior Ryder Cup team struggle at Olde Stone

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The European Junior Ryder Cup team face an uphill battle at The Club at Olde Stone after the United States team dominated the opening day to lead 10 � - 1 �.

The US team came out strong in the morning foursomes to take an early lead, winning five of six matches and earning a halve in the other and then dominated the afternoon mixed fourball as well to take a commanding lead into the final 12 singles matches.

European Junior Ryder Cup Captain Gary Stangl knows his team needs a strong performance in the final day singles.

"They blushed us away but we tried really hard," said Stangl. "We will continue to try hard to make some points tomorrow and see what happens."

The United States team was led in the morning foursomes by Alexis Thompson and Sarah Brown of who won their opening match 7 & 6, and Jeffrey Kang and Andrew Yun of Chandler, who won their match 7 & 5.

Thompson and Brown, who fell behind early in the match, birdied six of their last eight holes to defeat Daisy Nielsen of Denmark and Lisa Maguire of Ireland in dominant fashion.

"This course is hard and to birdie that many holes, it's really good," said Thompson, winner of the 2007 Junior PGA Championship. "It sure was a fun round."

The strong play of the United States Team continued in the afternoon mixed fourball matches, as the United States won five of the six matches.

The lone European victory came from Matteo Manassero of Italy and Daisy Nielsen. They defeated Andrew Yun and Erynne Lee on the final hole.

US Captain Ken Lindsay was overwhelmed by the play of his team. "No one could have expected what happened today to happen. I am blown away by how well my team played," he said. "We can't let up though. There is a lot of golf to be played."

The final day of the Junior Ryder Cup will feature 12 singles matches. The two teams will then play

a nine-hole "friendship" match Wednesday at Valhalla Golf Club. The matches will feature a mixed four-ball, with the US competing against Europe for the six matches, which will continue to build international friendships.