Benahavís, Spain - Team Europe takes day one at the PING Junior Solheim Cup. The Europeans currently lead with 8.5 points to the USA's 3.5 points.
The European team came out swinging in morning foursomes where they won five of the matches and halved one. Jasmine Koo of Cerritos, California, and Yana Wilson of Henderson, Nevada, halved their match on No. 18 with Nora Sundberg of Sweden, and Anna Canado of Spain. This was the only points to come out of the morning session for the Americans.
After the morning foursomes the Europeans lead 5.5 to a half.
Team USA came out in the afternoon for four-ball in search of a comeback. Elizabeth Rudisill of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Kathryn Ha of Roanoke, Virginia, came out hot. The pair had their feet on the gas from the jump made the turn against Rocio Tejedo and Andrea Revuelta, 4-up. Their strong play continued until they finished the match on No. 16, 3&2.
Gianna Clemente of Estero, Florida, and Yana Wilson of Henderson, Nevada, took their match their full distance. Close all afternoon the Americans never let the Europeans get more than 2-up. The American duo tied it up on No. 17 and won hole No. 18 to earn another point for Team USA. Wilson is now 4-0-2 in her PING Junior Solheim Cup career.
The last American point of the day came in the final match where Anna Davis of Spring Valley, California, and Jasmine Koo of Cerritos, California, beat the pair from Sweden in Sundberg and Meja Ortengren, 3&2. Koo and Davis kept the match tied or held the lead all afternoon. They closed it out on No. 16. Davis is now 4-1 in her PING Junior Solheim Cup career.
After day one of play the Americans find themselves down five points. Since the Europeans are the reigning champions Team USA will need 12.5 points total to clinch the cup. Anything can happen in match play as was learned in 2021 when the Europeans came back from the same deficit to win for the first time on American soil.
Play tomorrow gets started at 8:15 am (2:15 am ET) with 12 singles matches to decide the cup. The singles matches are as follows:
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