Team USA sealed its victory with a solid start in the Tuesday singles session. (Getty Images)
United States retains Junior Ryder Cup
The United States kept possession of the Junior Ryder Cup Tuesday, holding off Europe by three points after building a huge first-day lead.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- The United States retained the Junior Ryder Cup on Tuesday, beating Europe 13 1/2 - 10 12 at The Gleneagles Hotel, host venue of the 2014 Ryder Cup, despite the hosts winning the closing singles session by 7 1/2 - 4 1/2.
“It’s been a great competition and congratulations to Europe for making it a lot tighter than I would’ve liked,” said U.S. Captain M.G. Orender. “My team has been fabulous and they are not only champions on the golf course, they are champions in life.”
Leading 9-3 after Monday’s first day, when the USA won the morning foursomes 5-1 and the afternoon mixed fourballs 4-2, the visitors clinched the contest with successes in the singles for Jordan Spieth over Albert Eckhardt (3&1), Doris Chen over Klara Spilkova at the 18th and Justin Thomas over Moritz Lampert (4&2).
Chris Lloyd, out first for the Europeans, won 2&1 against Anthony Paolucci and in the second match Wales’ Amy Boulden earned a half against Emma Talley to give the hosts some hope of a revival. But ultimately the disappointing first day left them with too much ground to make up.
Kelly Tidy notched another point for Europe with victory over Kristen Park, and Juhana Kukkonen triumphed 2&1 over Oliver Schniederjans as the Europeans avoided a repeat of the landslide 22-2 defeat two years ago at Olde Stone in Kentucky.
Europe racked up more points through Manon Molle’s 5&4 defeat of Alison Lee, Manon Gidali’s victory over Ginger Howard (2&1) and Thomas Detry’s win against Denny McCarthy, while Kristoffer Ventura of Norway added a half after finishing all square with Jim Liu and Sweden’s Isabella Deilert came back from four down at one stage to halve with Cassy Isagawa at the last.
The result means the USA has levelled the series in the competition, which officially started in 1997. America won that match before Europe edged the following three, and the 2006 contest was halved at The Celtic Manor Resort.
“After the disappointment of yesterday, the players did brilliantly today to get themselves back in it,” said European Captain Gary Stangl. “They were fantastic and it was a much better today. It was very close in the end.”
On Wednesday both teams will travel to Celtic Manor to meet the 2010 Ryder Cup teams and to play in the Friendship Bowl on Thursday. The Friendship Bowl will be played over nine holes of The Twenty Ten Course and the players from each continent will be mixed up into six fourballs.
For full results of the Junior Ryder Cup, click here