U.S. Retains Junior Ryder Cup
28 Sep 2010
see also: Junior Ryder Cup, Golf Disneyland


PERTHSHIRE, SCOTLAND (Sept.28, 2010) - The United States Junior Ryder Cup team won its second consecutive trophy Tuesday with a narrow 13 1/2 to 10 1/2 finish at Gleneagles Resort in Scotland.

The U.S. followed its rout in 2008, 22 to 2, at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky., with a strong opening day start.

After falling behind 9 to 3, Europe rallied to win six singles matches to close the gap. Thanks to early singles victories from Jordan Spieth of Dallas, Texas; Doris Chen of Bradenton, Fla.; and Justin Thomas of Goshen, Ky., victory was secured.

"It got a little close out there in the singles matches, but we luckily got them in the foursomes and four-ball matches yesterday," said U.S. Captain M.G. Orender. "I am so thrilled for these kids and they played their hearts out."

The U.S. squad was led by Spieth and Chen, who each won all three of their matches.

"This was really unbelievable," said Spieth, who also went undefeated in three matches in 2008. "I feel like this team was even stronger than our 2008 team, but the European team was better too, so we really were able to come together and grab the trophy again."

Chen, the reigning U.S. Junior Girls' Champion, won three closely contested matches.

"I played one shot at a time and didn't get down," said Chen. "This was so much fun and we played well as a team both days."

Orender, the 33rd President of The PGA of America, reflected back on the week as a whole.

"In my time as a PGA Professional, I don't know of a better experience," said Orender. "They came together this week and I could not be happier."

Both teams will travel to The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, site of the 38th Ryder Cup, where they will compete in a newly-created "Friendship Bowl," blending U.S. and European players in foursomes over nine holes.

Day 1 Foursomes Time Europe USA Score 07:50 A Eckhardt / K Ventura v A Paolucci / J Speith USA Win 5 & 4 08:00 I Deilert / K Spilkova v A Lee / K Park HALVED 08:10 C Lloyd / M Lampert v O Schniederjans / J Thomas HALVED 08:20 K Tidy / A Boulden v C Isagawa / E Talley USA Win 3 & 2 08:30 J Kukkonen / T Detry v J Liu / D McCarthy USA Win 2 & 1 08:40 M Gidali / M Molle v D Chen / G Howard USA Win 1 UP Morning Total EUR 1 – 5 USA Day 1 Mixed Fourballs Time Europe USA Score 12:45 A Eckhardt / K Spilkova v A Paolucci / K Park EUR Win 4 & 3 13:00 C Lloyd / A Boulden v J Spieth / A Lee USA Win 3 & 2 13:15 M Lampert / K Tidy v J Thomas / E Talley USA Win 4 & 3 13:30 K Ventura / I Deilert v J Liu / D Chen USA Win 2 & 1 13:45 J Kukkonen / M Molle v O Schniederjans / G Howard USA Win 1 UP 14:00 T Detry / M Gidali v D McCarthy / C Isagawa EUR Win 3 & 2 Afternoon Total EUR 2 - 4 USA DAY ONE OVERALL SCORE EUR 3 – 9 USA Day 2 Singles Time Europe USA Score 08:00 C Lloyd v A Paolucci EUR Win 2 & 1 08:10 A Boulden v E Talley HALVED 08:20 A Eckhardt v J Spieth USA Win 3 & 1 08:30 K Spilkova v D Chen USA Win 1 UP 08:40 M Lampert v J Thomas USA Win 4 & 2 08:50 K Tidy v K Park EUR Win 1 UP 09:00 K Ventura v J Liu HALVED 09:10 M Gidali v G Howard EUR Win 2 & 1 09:20 J Kukkonen v O Schniederjans EUR Win 2 & 1 09:30 M Molle v A Lee EUR Win 5 & 4 09:40 T Detry v D McCarthy EUR Win 2 & 1 09:50 I Deilert v C Isagawa HALVED Afternoon Total EUR 7.5 – 4.5 USA MATCH RESULT EUR10.5 – 13.5 USA

ABOUT THE Junior Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup-style matches between 12-person junior teams from the United States and Great Britain & Ireland. Format includes foursomes, mixed four-ball and singles competition. The United States Junior Ryder Cup Team consists of six boys and six girls who are American citizens and are members of next year's high school graduating class or younger.

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