Wednesday, September 26, 2012

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) - Casie Cathrea, Karen Chung and Esther Lee led the United States to its third straight Junior Ryder Cup victory, winning singles matches Monday to finish undefeated in the 14 1/2-9 1/2 win over Europe.

The 16-year-old Cathrea, from Livermore, Calif., beat Denmark's Emily Pedersen 2 up at Olympia Fields. The 17-year-old Chung, from Livingston, N.J., topped Germany's Quirine Eijkenboom 4 and 2, and the 17-year-old Lee, from Los Alamitos, Calif., edged England's Bronte Law 1 up.

The three Americans were each 2-0 on Monday in foursomes and mixed fourballs.

``It's exciting to know that I was able to close out my first Junior Ryder Cup with three points and winning all three matches,'' Cathrea said. ``This whole experience has been incredible and it's not over yet. We still get to play Medinah tomorrow and that should be great, too.''

The teams will play a ``Friendship Match'' on Wednesday at Medinah, the site of the Ryder Cup matches Friday-Sunday.

Casey Danielson of Osceola, Wis., and Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., also won in singles, with Lee securing the deciding point with a 6-and-5 victory over Sweden's Linnea Strom.

``I had to come out this morning and finish my four-ball match so that helped me warm up a bit,'' Alison Lee said. ``I felt really comfortable all day and to make that clinching point was so awesome. It feels great to know that I helped the team.''

Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., and Gavin Hall of Pittsford, N.Y., scored full points in singles for the U.S. boys, and Cameron Champ of Sacramento, Calif., earned a half-point.

Overall, the six U.S. girls were 5-1 in singles and 3-0 in foursomes, while the U.S. boys earned 2 1/2 points in six singles matches after scoring only a half-point in three foursomes. In the mixed fourballs, the Americans were 3-2.

The United States leads the series 4-3-1.

``We are really fortunate to have won, because these teams are so evenly matched and each have such a wealth of talent,'' U.S. captain Roger Warren. ``We came because we wanted to compete and win. But in the end it was all about friendships and goodwill between the teams that made this a truly special experience.''

Spain's Covadonga Sanjuan had the lone singles win for the European girls, beating Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla., 1 up. Germany's Dominic Foos, Austria's Matthias Schwab and Ireland's Gavin Moynihan also won singles matches.

``The players really enjoyed themselves this week and we battled all the way down to the final match,'' European captain Stuart Wilson said. ``It will be an honor to captain the team again in 2014 when we go to Scotland.''

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