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USA retain Junior Solheim Cup

Updated: Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 17:23

Leona Maguire - Won three out of three points for Europe
Leona Maguire - Won three out of three points for Europe

The USA retained the Junior Solheim Cup in dramatic circumstances when they came from behind to earn a 12-12 draw against Europe at Knightsbrook Hotel Spa & Golf Resort, Co. Meath, Ireland.

The visiting team trailed 7-5 after the first day’s foursomes and fourballs but won the singles by the same margin and retained the trophy on account of the fact they were holders having won the 2009 match in Illinois.

The result means that the Americans now lead the Europeans by 3 ½ matches to 2 ½ in a series which was inaugurated at Oak Ridge CC, Minnesota, back in 2002.

The final day started under leaden skies but there was nothing dull about the golf being produced by both sides.

America’s Jaye Marie Green produced the first point of the day when she defeated Sweden’s Emma Nilsson by 3&2 in the opening match.

However, that was quickly countered when Ireland’s Leona Maguire made it three points out of three for the tournament with a commanding 5&4 victory over Mariah Stackhouse.

At that stage, there was little to separate the two sides and the situation was still the same when England’s Lauren Taylor lost to Gabriella Then when she three-putted the final green.

Welsh girl Amy Boulden then claimed Europe’s second point of the day with a 4&2 victory over Emma Talley.

The weather took a turn for the worse around midday and, as heavy rain started to fall, the visiting Americans began to take a grip of the proceedings.

Lisa Maguire lost 3&2 against Alison Lee and, while Antonia Scherer brought some respite to the home side with a 4&2 win over McKenzie Talbert, the American’s strength down the stretch began to tell.

Five of the day’s 12 singles matches went to the 18th hole and the US won three and halved two of them.

One of the most valuable contributions came from Ashlan Ramsey who came to the 153-yard par-three final hole one down to French girl, Manon Gidali, but then hit her tee shot to 12 inches and holed the putt for a winning birdie two.

That will go down as the unofficial Shot of the Match and her half point seemed to spur the visitors into redoubling their efforts.

Summar Roachell defeated Spain’s Luna Sobron on the last.

British Girls’ champion, Margaux Vanmol from Belgium, finished a fine tournament with a 3&2 victory over Kyung Kim but almost immediately Esther Lee also won her match on the 18th when French girl, Emilie Alonso, took three to get down from a devilish spot behind the green.

As the drama intensified Alonso’s compatriot, Celine Boutier, could only halve with Karen Chung and moments later Lindsay Weaver sealed America’s all-important 12th point with a 2&1 win over England’s Charley Hull.