Carolina Chacarra and Julia Lopez Ramirez (Credit: Palmer Cup)
Team USA gained ground Saturday afternoon at Golf Club de Genéve by outscoring Team International 7-5 in Mixed Foursomes to tie the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup at 18 after 36 matches.
The thrilling afternoon began with Match 25.
Josele Ballester and Carolina Chacarra of Team International were 2-up against Nick Gabrelcik and Rachel Heck of the United States through No. 14, but birdies on three of the last four holes gave the United States the lead after 17 holes. Ballester made a par putt for the Internationals par putt on 18 to tie the match.
“Whether we were up or down, we stayed positive and in it mentally,” Heck said. “If you would’ve told us on 14 that we’d tie, we would’ve taken it. I’m really proud of how we fought.”
After Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen and Chiara Tamburlini defeated Gurleen Kaur and Walker Lee to give Team International an 18-14 lead, four strong finishes gave the United States energy heading into tomorrow’s final round.
“We had a hot start, and if we lost a hole, we got over it fast and kept it going,” said Amari Avery, who partnered with Gordone Sargent to defeat Kajsa Arwefjäll and Albin Bergstrom 4 & 3.
“We made a sloppy bogey at the 15th and they made big momentum putts to tie the holes on 16, 17, and 18, but we were able to win on No.1 and cruise from there,” Sargent said.
Americans Michael Thorbjornsen and Rose Zhang, paired together for the second time in three rounds, birdied 8 (their 17th hole of the round) to go 1-up on Adrien Dumont de Chassart and Ashley Lau in the compelling Match 34. Both parred No. 9 to cut the United States deficit to 18-17.
The round concluded with one of the most thrilling matches of the Palmer Cup thus far.
Rachel Kuehn parred the 16th hole with a momentous reaction after Team International’s Frederik Kjettrup hit a tee shot off the flagstick, then her American and Wake Forest counterpart Michael Brennan sunk a triumphant 30-foot par putt to tie the 17th hole and maintain their 1-up lead over Frederik Kjettrup and mAline Krauter.
“This tournament brings out the emotion and competitiveness in all of us,” said Kuehn. “Frederik’s tee shot staying out gave us some life for Michael to make that putt.”
Kuehn’s words for Brennan prior to his putt were simple: “it’d be a great time to roll one in.” “And it worked out very nicely.”
Both teams parred 18 to finish the day all square.
“It’s easy when you’re paired with a partner this good, but I’m glad we could close it out down the stretch."
Gabrelcik said that he and his teammates can build from today’s action heading into tomorrow’s final round.
“We’re going to take how we played today and go into tomorrow with confidence,” he said.
Round 4 ~ Singles Pairings
7:30 am - Hole #1
Julia Lopez Ramirez (International) vs. Brooke Seay (USA)
7:30 am - Hole #10
Benedetta Moresco (International) vs. Latanna Stone (USA)
7:40 am - Hole #1
Alexandra Forsterling (International) vs. Erica Shepherd (USA)
7:40 am - Hole #10
Aline Krauter (International) vs. Rachel Heck (USA)
7:50 am - Hole #1
Archie Davies (International) vs. Dylan Menante (USA)
7:50 am - Hole #10
Josele Ballester (International) vs. Palmer Jackson (USA)
8:00 am - Hole #1
Christo Lamprecht (International) vs. Travis Vick (USA)
8:00 am - Hole #10
Mateo Fernández de Oliveira (International) vs. Johnny Keefer (USA)
8:10 am - Hole #1
Lorna McClymont (International) vs. Amari Avery (USA)
8:10 am - Hole #10
Frederik Kjettrup (International) vs. Michael Thorbjornsen (USA)
8:20 am - Hole #1
James Leow (International) vs. Cole Sherwood (USA)
8:20 am - Hole #10
Ashley Lau (International) vs. Calynne Rosholt (USA)
8:30 am - Hole #1
Amelia Williamson (International) vs. Rose Zhang (USA)
8:30 am - Hole #10
Ludvig Åberg (International) vs. Nick Gabrelcik (USA)
8:40 am - Hole #1
Fred Biondi (International) vs. Sam Bennett (USA)
8:40 am - Hole #10
Chiara Tamburlini (International) vs. Olivia Mitchell (USA)
8:50 am - Hole #1
Carolina Chacarra (International) vs. Antonia Malate (USA)
8:50 am - Hole #10
David Kitt (International) vs. Jake Doggett (USA)
9:00 am - Hole #1
Adrien Dumont de Chassart (International) vs. Michael Brennan (USA)
9:00 am - Hole #10
Kajsa Arwefjäll (International) vs. Anna Morgan (USA)
9:10 am - Hole #1
Heather Lin (International) vs. Rachel Kuehn (USA)
9:10 am - Hole #10
Albin Bergstrom (International) vs. Gordon Sargent (USA)
9:20 am - Hole #1
Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen (International) vs. Walker Lee (USA)
9:20 am - Hole #10
Hsin-Yu Lu (International) vs. Gurleen Kaur (USA)
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