By Erin Barney, AJGA Communications
The first day of the PING Junior Solheim Cup began with six Four-Ball matches.
First on the course was Team USA’s Alison Lee and Casey Danielson against Team Europe’s Shannon Aubert and Karolin Lampert. Aubert’s short game stood out amongst the foursome throughout the match. She rolled a 15-foot putt up onto a ridge on No. 6 green which dropped in for birdie and put the European duo 2-up. The Americans parred No. 11, bringing the match to all square. Lee sunk a seven-foot birdie-putt to go 1-up. However, they could not retain the lead. Two holes later, Lampert answered with a birdie of her own on No. 14 and Team Europe never looked back. The first match of the day favored Europe, 1-up.
The second match off the tee featured Team USA’s Samantha Wagner and Casie Cathrea against Team Europe Linnea Strom and Jessica Vasilic, and was equally close. The U.S. squad went 1-up on the first hole, but Vasilic was quick to bring it back to all square with a tap-in birdie on No. 3. Strom broke the tie on the par-3 No. 11 when she stuck her tee shot to within 10 feet and poured in the birdie putt. Europe was 1-up through No. 17, but Team USA’s Wagner birdied a 20-foot putt on No. 18 to halve the match.
Two more morning matches were halved. Team Europe’s Virginia Elana Carta and Harang Lee led Team USA’s Krystal Quihuis and Alexandra Kaui all the way through No. 15. Quihuis birdied No. 16 from the front of the green and the match finished all square. Ashlan Ramsey and Karen Chung of the U.S. Team split the point with Bronte Law and Emily Pedersen of Europe.
The remaining matches both went to the U.S. as Bethany Wu and Andrea Lee won, 2 and 1 against Anyssia Herbaut and Anne van Dam, and Nicole Morales and Amy Lee defeated Georgia Hall and Amber Ratcliffe, 4 and 3.
Team USA begins the afternoon foursomes with 3.5 points and the lead over Team Europe with 2.5 points.
Follow afternoon foursomes on FJ Live Scoring.