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Europe Defeats United States 14-10 to Capture PING Junior Solheim Cup
Ciganda, Parker, Rossler go undefeated against United States

BASTAD, Sweden – After building a 7-5 lead Tuesday at the PING Junior Solheim Cup, the European team captured seven of the 12 singles matches against the United States to win its second Cup 14-10 Wednesday. The overall series is now tied at two wins apiece, and the team hosting the event has won the PING Junior Solheim Cup in all four instances.

Patterned after The Solheim Cup, the PING Junior Solheim Cup featured the top-12 girls from the United States against those from Europe. The event was played on Bastad Golf Club’s par-71, 5,880-yard New Course in Bastad, Sweden Sept. 10-12. Past U.S. Team PING Junior Solheim Cup participants include Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, and Morgan Pressel. Creamer was the first player to make the move from the PING Junior Solheim Cup to the Solheim Cup Team where she helped lead her team to victory in 2005 with a 3-1-1 record.

Despite Sydney Burlison of Salinas, Calif., defeating Sally Watson of Scotland 2 and 1 in the first match of the day, the United States was never able to gain any momentum. The Europeans claimed six of the next seven matches and actually clinched the PING Junior Solheim Cup when the eighth match of the day between Audrey Goumard of France and Isabelle Lendl of Bradenton, Fla., ended in a 5 and 4 European victory. And while the U.S. team won three of the final four matches, the late push was simply not enough.

Carlota Ciganda of Spain, Florentyna Parker of England, and Nicola Rössler of Germany were a perfect 3-0-0 in their matches. Five European players were 2-1-0: Goumard, Caroline and Jacqueline Hedwall of Sweden, Nathalie Månsson, also of Sweden, and Marta Silva of Spain.

The victorious European team.

This is the second European victory at the PING Junior Solheim Cup. In 2003 at Bokskogan Golf Club in Bara, Sweden, Europe led 6.5-5.5 going into the singles matches. The two teams split the 12 matches, giving Europe a 12.5-11.5 victory, the narrowest margin of victory to date.

Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif., who defeated Charlotte Kring Lorentzen of Denmark Wednesday 2 and 1, went 3-0-0 for the United States in her first PING Junior Solheim Cup appearance. Ranked No. 1 in the current Polo Golf Rankings, Park’s 2007 has included wins at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship and Kathy Whitworth Junior and four top-10 AJGA finishes. Mina Harigae of Monterey, Calif., Vicky Hurst of Melbourne, Fla., Isabelle Lendl of Bradenton, Fla., and Jane Rah of Torrance, Calif., all posted 2-1-0 records.

Despite a united front, the U.S. team could not retain the Cup.

The Solheim Cup, the most prestigious team event in women’s professional golf and sponsored by PING golf equipment, is named in honor of the company’s founder, Karsten Solheim, and his family. It is a biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition featuring the best American-born players from the LPGA Tour and the best European-born players from the Ladies European Tour.

The U.S. Team leads this competition 6-3 and has never lost on home soil. The European Team has won three of the four events held overseas and will be looking to regain the Cup in 2007.

PING designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of golf equipment including metal woods, irons, putters and golf bags. The family-owned company was founded in 1959 by the late Karsten Solheim. Solheim is the only person to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as a golf club manufacturer. Today, the Phoenix-based company is under the direction of Solheim’s youngest son, John A. Solheim.  PING game-improvement products can be found in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.pinggolf.com.

 

BASTAD, Sweden – Final results from the PING Junior Solheim Cup at Bastad Golf Club – New Course. Par: 36-35—71. Yardage: 5,880.
Europe: 14
United States: 10

Day One:  MORNING FOURSOME MATCHES 
Carlota Ciganda, Spain & Nicola Rössler, Germany (EUROPE) def. Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif. & Allie White, Lancaster, Ohio (USA), 1-up

Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. & Vicky Hurst, Melbourne, Fla (USA) def. Sara Monberg, Denmark & Caroline Hedwall, Sweden (EUROPE), 4 & 3

Isabelle Lendl, Bradenton, Fla & Courtney Ellenbogen, Blacksburg, Va. (USA) def. Henrietta Brockway, England & Sally Watson, Scotland (EUROPE), 1-up

Marta Silva, Spain & Florentyna Parker, England (EUROPE) def. Kimberly Kim, Pahoa, Hawaii & Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (USA), 5 & 4

Audrey Goumard, France & Nathalie Månsson, Sweden (EUROPE) def. Brianno Do, Lakewood, Calif. & Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (USA), 3 & 1

Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. & Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. (USA) def. Charlotte Kring Lorentzen, Denmark & Jacqueline Hedwall, Sweden (EUROPE), 1-up

MORNING TOTALS:  UNITED STATES 3, EUROPE 3

Day One:  AFTERNOON FOUR-BALL MATCHES
Marta Silva, Spain & Carlota Ciganda, Spain (EUROPE) def. Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. & Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (USA), 4 & 2

Florentyna Parker, England &  Nicola Rössler, Germany (EUROPE) def. Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif. & Courtney Ellenbogen, Blacksburg, Va. (USA), 2-up

Allie White, Lancaster, Ohio & Isabelle Lendl, Bradenton, Fla. (USA) def. Charlotte Kring Lorentzen, Denmark & Sara Monberg, Denmark (EUROPE), 2 and 1

Caroline Hedwall, Sweden & Jacqueline Hedwall, Sweden (EUROPE) def. Kimberly Kim, Pahoa, Hawaii & Brianna Do, Lakewood, Calif. (USA), 3 & 2

Nathalie Månsson, Sweden & Sally Watson, Scotland (EUROPE) def. Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. & Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (USA), 1-up

Vicky Hurst, Melbourne, Fla. & Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (USA) def. Audrey Goumard, France & Henrietta Brockway, England (EUROPE), 5 & 4

AFTERNOON TOTALS: EUROPE 4, UNITED STATES 2
DAY ONE TOTALS: EUROPE 7, UNITED STATES 5

Day Two: SINGLES MATCHES

Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif. (USA) def. Sally Watson, Scotland (EUROPE), 2 and 1

Carlota Ciganda, Spain (EUROPE) def. Allie White, Lancaster, Ohio (USA), 5 and 3

Caroline Hedwall, Sweden (EUROPE) def. Brianna Do, Lakewood, Calif. (USA), 5 and 3

Henrietta Brockway, England (EUROPE) def. Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (USA), 2 and 1

Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (USA) def. Marta Silva, Spain (EUROPE), 1-up

Florentyna Parker, England (EUROPE) def. Kimberly Kim, Pahoa, Hawaii (USA), 1-up

Jacqueline Hedwall, Sweden (EUROPE) def. Courtney Ellenbogen, Blacksburg, Va. (USA), 1-up

Audrey Goumard, France (EUROPE) def. Isabelle Lendl, Bradenton, Fla. (USA), 5 and 4

Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. (USA) def. Sara Monberg, Denmark (EUROPE), 4 and 3

Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. (USA) def. Nathalie Månsson, Sweden (EUROPE), 4 and 3

Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (USA) def. Charlotte Kring Lorentzen, Denmark (EUROPE), 2 and 1

Nicola Rössler, Germany (EUROPE) def. Vicky Hurst, Melbourne, Fla. (USA), 2 and 1

DAY TWO TOTALS: EUROPE 7, UNITED STATES 5
DAY ONE TOTALS: EUROPE 7, UNITED STATES 5
FINAL: EUROPE 14, UNITED STATES 10

2007 Player Stats (Won-Lost-Halved):
UNITED STATES

Sydney Burlison: 1-2-0 (2005: 0-3-0)
Brianna Do: 1-2-0
Courtney Ellenbogen: 1-2-0
Mina Harigae: 2-1-0
Vicky Hurst: 2-1-0
Kimberly Kim: 0-3-0 (2005: 2-1-0)
Stephanie Kono: 1-2-0
Isabelle Lendl: 2-1-0
Tiffany Lua: 0-3-0
Kristen Park: 3-0-0
Jane Rah: 2-1-0 (2005: 1-1-1)
Allie White: 1-2-0

EUROPE

Henrietta Brockway: 1-2-0
Carlota Ciganda: 3-0-0 (2005: 2-1-0)
Audrey Goumard: 2-1-0
Caroline Hedwall: 2-1-0
Jacqueline Hedwall: 2-1-0
Charlotte Kring Lorentzen: 0-3-0
Nathalie Månsson: 2-1-0
Sara Monberg: 0-3-0
Florentyna Parker: 3-0-0 (2005: 0-2-1)
Nicola Rössler: 3-0-0
Marta Silva: 2-1-0 (2005: 1-2-0)
Sally Watson: 1-2-0

PING JUNIOR SOLHEIM CUP RESULTS

2002: United States 17, Europe 7
2003: Europe 12.5, United States 11.5
2005: United States 16, Europe 8
2007: Europe 14, United States 10