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PING Junior Solheim Cup 2015

Day 2 - America wins Junior Solheim Cup

September 15, 2015
PING Junior Solheim 2015 day 2

America won its first PING Junior Solheim Cup on foreign soil when it claimed an impressive victory over Europe at St Leon-Rot in Germany.

The visiting side led by the legendary JoAnne Carner went into the final afternoon with a three point lead after winning the foursomes 4 ½ – 1 ½ and they went on to record a 13-11 victory after narrowly losing the singles 6 ½ – 5 ½ against a battling European team.

The win means America has clinched the trophy for the third PING Junior Solheim Cup in-a-row. That run started with a win at the 2009 match at Aurora Country Club in Illinois. It was extended after the visiting team retained the trophy by halving the 2011 match at Knightsbrook Resort Spa & Golf Hotel in Ireland and continued when the Americans scored a decisive victory at Inverness Golf Club in Colorado two years ago.

Sierra Brooks produced America’s first point in the singles when she beat the previously undefeated Olivia Mehaffey by 5 & 4 in the top match. The American was two up at the turn and then won the 11th, 12th and 13th before completing an impressive victory with a par three on the next hole.

The Europeans needed to win eight out of the 12 points available in order to retain their proud record of never having been beaten on home soil. They edged closer to that mark when Mathilda Cappeliez beat Hannah O’Sullivan 6 & 4 but Megan Khang and Angel Yin maintained the visitors’ momentum with victories over Marta Perez Sanmartin and Emma Spitz.

The standard of golf played by both sides was exceptional as was illustrated by Mika Liu who was eight under par when she ended the hopes of local favourite Leonie Harm on the 13th green.

That 6 & 5 victory took the Americans to within one point of victory. Albane Valenzuela prolonged Europe’s hopes when she beat Andrea Lee 2 & 1 but moments later Haley Moore had the distinction of collecting the winning point for America after carding four birdies and ten pars while beating Puk Lyng Thomsen by 5 & 4.

Thereafter Ana Pelaez, Maria Parra, Agathe Laisne and Elin Esborn pulled four points back for the home side in their matches against Hailee Cooper, Nelly Korda, Kaitlyn Papp and Kristen Gillman before their team-mate Elin Nordaas won the last hole to halve her match against Mariel Galdiano.

Day 1 - Europe & USA halve opening fourballs

September 14, 2015
PING Junior Solheim 2015 day 1

Europe and American shared the spoils during the opening fourball matches at the 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup at St Leon-Rot in Germany.

The two teams produced some spectacular golf as they shared the series will now move into the afternoon foursomes tied at 3-3.

Megan Khang and Mariel Galdiano produced the first point of the morning for the Americans when they defeated Marta Perez Sanmartin and Maria Parra by 3 & 2. The Spanish duo were one up through the first three holes but found themselves one down at the turn before the Americans sealed victory with a superb run of six birdies over the closing seven holes.

Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela and France’s Mathilda Cappeliez brought the scores back to level when they birdied four of the last five holes to beat Andrea Lee and Angel Lin by two holes and low scoring was also the order of the of the day as Austria’s Emma Spitz and Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey were a remarkable ten under par for the first 16 holes but still only managed to beat Mika Liu and Haley Moore on the final green.

Sweden’s Elin Esborn and Norway’s Sandra Nordaas were next to finish when they extended Europe’s lead with a 2 & 1 victory over Kaitlyn Papp and Hailee Cooper but Hannah O’Sullivan and Nelly Korda pulled a point back for the Americans with a 3 & 2 victory over France’s Agathe Laisne and Spain’s Ana Palaez before Sierra Brooks and Kristen Gillman squared the series with a hard-fought two hole victory over Germany’s Leonie Harm and Puk Lyng Thomsen from Denmark.

The PING Junior Solheim Cup continues this afternoon with six foursomes before concluding tomorrow with twelve singles matches.

European captain Iben Tinning has retained all six of the partnerships used in the fourballs but has changed the order in which they go out.

In the first game Marta Perez Sanmartin and Maria Parra team up against Kristen Gillman and Kaitlyn Papp. Albane Valenzuela and Mathilda Cappeliez play Nelly Korda and Megan Khang and Elin Esborn and Sandra Nordaas come up against Mariel Galdiano and Haley Moore. Further down the list Emma Spitz and Olivia Mehaffey play Mika Liu and Hailee Cooper, Leonie Harm and Puk Lyn Thomsen resume their partnership against Hannah O’Sullivan and Angel Yin and Ana Pelaez and Agathe Laisne bring up the rear against Andrea Lea and Sierra Brooks.

The running order of the foursomes marches is subject to change.


11 - 13
O. Mehaffey
S. Brooks
E. Spitz
A. Yin
M. Cappeliez
H. O'Sullivan
A. Valenzuela
A. Lee
M. Parra
N. Korda
M. Parez Sanmartin
M. Khang
A. Peláez
H. Cooper
A. Laisne
K. Papp
P. Thomsen
H. Moore
L. Harm
M. Liu
S. Nordaas
M. Galdiano
E. Esborn
K. Gillman
M. Parez Sanmartin / M. Parra

K. Gillman / K. Papp
A. Valenzuela / M. Cappeliez
N. Korda / M. Khang
E. Esborn / S. Nordaas
M. Galdiano / H. Moore
E. Spitz / O. Mehaffey
M. Liu / H. Cooper
L. Harm / P. Thomsen
H. O'Sullivan / A. Yin
A. Peláez / A. Laisne
A. Lee / S. Brooks
A. Valenzuela / M. Cappeliez
2 Up
A. Lee/A. Yin
M. Parez Sanmartin / M. Parra
M. Khang / M. Galdiano
E. Spitz / O. Mehaffey
M. Liu / H. Moore
E. Esborn / S. Nordaas
K. Papp / H. Cooper
L. Harm / P. Thomsen
S. Brooks / K. Gillman
A. Peláez / A. Laisne
H. O'Sullivan / N. Korda


DATES:  September 14-15
SITE:  St. Leon-Rot, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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The PING Junior Solheim Cup will break new ground on Monday and Tuesday when it is played for the first time in Germany at the prestigious St. Leon-Rot Golf Club.

The event marks the start of a unique double-header for St Leon-Rot because on Friday through Sunday it will become the first club anywhere in the world also to host The Solheim Cup in the same week.

Excitement has been building ever since St. Leon-Rot was announced as the venue for this year’s matches and local interest will be high with the club’s own Leonie Harm having earned a place on Europe’s PING Junior Solheim Cup team.

The reigning German ladies’ and girls’ champion is joined in the European team by Spain’s Ana Peláez, María Parra and Marta Perez Sanmartin, Norway’s Sandra Nordaas, Denmark’s Puk Lyng Thomsen, Austria’s Emma Spitz, Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey, Sweden’s Elin Esborn, Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela and French duo Agathe Laisné and Mathilda Cappeliez as they bid to extend a sequence that has seen the Europeans win two and halve the other match held on home soil.

The Americans start as defending champions having won the 2013 match at Inverness Golf Club in Colorado and it is clear they will form formidable opposition with a team that is headed by reigning US Women’s Amateur champion Hannah O’Sullivan and also features Sierra Brooks, Hailee Cooper, Mariel Galdiano, Kristen Gillman, Megan Khang, Nelly Korda, Andrea Lea, Mika Liu, Haley Moore, Kaitlyn Papp and Angel Yin.

“We are ready for the challenge,” confirmed European Captain, Iben Tinning. “I genuinely believe this is one of the strongest teams Europe has ever assembled for the PING Junior Solheim Cup but we will need to be at our very best if we are going to regain the trophy.

“America has a deserved reputation for producing great teams at all levels and this year’s PING Junior Solheim Cup team is no different.

“Hannah O’Sullivan is probably the best known team members having won this year’s US Women’s Amateur but you only have to look at their individual records to see she’s by no means their only stand-out performer.

“They are a very good team but so are we,” added Tinning. “It’s going to be close but with home support on our side I see no reason why we can’t win.”

The PING Junior Solheim Cup starts with the official Opening Ceremony at 17:00 on Sunday afternoon and is followed by six fourball matches and six foursomes matches on Monday. It concludes with 12 single matches on Tuesday before attention turns to The Solheim Cup later on in the week.

“We are honoured to have been invited to become the first club to host both the PING Junior Solheim Cup and The Solheim Cup in the same week and look forward to welcoming visitors from both sides of the Atlantic,” said Patron of the PING Junior Solheim Cup and President of St Leon-Rot, Dietmar Hopp. “The PING Junior Solheim Cup starts what will be an exciting week – on and off the golf course. I wish all the fans and players lots of fun!”

“I am delighted to see how the PING Junior Solheim Cup has developed since it was inaugurated back in 2002. The decision to, for the first time, hold the tournament at the same venue as The Solheim Cup, has not only enhanced the visibility of the event, but has added to the pressure and excitement for these young golfers,“ said John Solheim, the Chairman and CEO of PING and the Founder of the PING Junior Solheim Cup. “There is so much talent in these two teams. With match play, the pressure to score win each hole, encourages more aggressive play, adding a great deal of drama and excitement for the spectator. The week promises to showcase how great women’s golf is.“

About the Ping Junior Solheim Cup:

The PING Junior Solheim Cup 2015 is to be played at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club on September 14-15 immediately ahead of The Solheim Cup, which is staged at the same German golf club on September 18-20. It is the first time the same venue has been used for both matches.

The PING Junior Solheim Cup is a team match play competition between Europe and the United States, each team featuring the best 12 female golfers 18 years of age and younger.

The competition consist of 24 matches – six foursome matches, six fourball matches and 12 single matches.

The aim of the competition is to give juniors the opportunity to further their golfing careers by playing matchplay at a high level and also for the competitors to meet, learn and be inspired by the professional players playing in The Solheim Cup.

The 2015 event marks the eighth time the PING Junior Solheim Cup team will be contested with the US Team currently leading the series 4-2-1.

The PING Junior Solheim Cup was established by PING CEO and Chairman, John Solheim, back in 2002 and since has developed a deserved reputation for showcasing the talents of the world’s best female junior players with Azahara Munoz, Anna Nordqvist, Carlota Ciganda, Beatriz Recari, Melissa Reid, Charley Hull, Caroline Masson, Caroline Hedwall, Paula Creamer, Vicky Hurst, Brittany Lang, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel, Jessica Korda, and Lexi Thompson all playing in the match before graduating to The Solheim Cup

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