Sylvania, OH – Team Europe wins the 11th PING Junior Solheim Cup in dramatic singles matches. Team Europe claimed the trophy for the first time on U.S. soil and for the first time since 2007 with a final score of 13 to 11.
In a come from behind win Team Europe rallied from down four after the first day of play. The matches early in the day were split or favoring the Americans until the Europeans made the turn and lit the scoreboard blue. Team USA claimed the first point of the day winning 5&4 in match 2. Anna Davis of Spring Valley, California, defeated Andrea Revuelta of Madrid, Spain, on the 14th hole. Davis lost one hole early in the match, but otherwise lead the entire day.
Team Europe earned its first point 2&1 in match 1 where Paula Schulz-Hanssen of Frankfurt, Germany, defeated Catherine Rao of Camarillo, California. Schulz-Hanssen, who appeared on the 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup European Team is headed to Arizona State University to play golf in the fall of 2022.
In match 3, Yana Wilson of Henderson, Nevada, and Cayetana Fernandez of Madrid, Spain, halved the match on No. 18. Wilson would be the final US points to be put up until the final two matches of the day.
Team Europe swept matches four through nine. In match 4, Meja Ortengren of Linkoping, Sweden, rallied from 4-down to beat Kaitlyn Schroeder of Jacksonville, Florida, 2&1.
In match 5, Nora Sundberg of Stockholm, Sweden, beat Bailey Shoemaker of West Edmeston, New York, 3&1. Sundberg was never down in the match after making the turn to the back nine. She closed it out on hole No. 17.
In match 6, Vairana Heck of Paris, France, finished 2&1 over Katie Li of Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Heck did not lose a hole in singles, keeping the match in her favor or at all square all day.
In match 7, Francesca Fiorellini of Rome, Italy, defeated Stanford University commit Kelly Xu of Claremont, California, 4&3. Fiorellini lost one hole to Xu during the match before eventually moving to 4-up and winning the match on hole No. 15.
In match 8, Denisa Vodickova of Prague, Czech Republic, beat Sara Im of Duluth, Georgia. Im rallied on the back nine cutting Vodickova’s lead from 4-up to 2-up. Im extended the match to 17 where Vodickova won 2&1.
Team Europe won match 9 with the largest margin of victory on the day. Constance Fouillet of Paris, France, defeated Avery Zweig of McKinney, Texas, 5&3. Fouillet extended her lead to as many as 5-up eventually closing the match out on No. 15.
Amari Avery of Riverside, California, put up the final full point for the US team this week. She beat Savannah De Bock of Brussels, Belgium, 3&1. Avery took the 1-up lead on hole No. 13 and maintained it through the end of the match on No. 17. Avery was one of two members (Davis) of Team USA to win all three matches they played in this week.
The final points of the day came in match 12 where Megha Ganne of Holmdel, New Jersey, and Amalie Leth-Nissen halved the match giving each team a half point. A clutch birdie by Ganne on No. 18 closed it out.
Team Europe, captained by LPGA Legend Annika Sorenstam, won the 11th PING Junior Solheim Cup 13 to 11. This win marks the first time Team Europe won on U.S. soil and their first win since 2007. Team USA continues to lead the all-time series, and the record stands at 7-3-1.
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