USGA Champions Help United
States Win Junior Ryder Cup MatchSeptember 17, 2008
By David Shefter, USGA
Bowling Green, Ky. - Three reigning or former USGA champions
helped the United States Junior Ryder Cup team post a
lopsided 22-2 victory over Europe at the 2008 Junior Ryder
Cup held at The Club at Olde Stone. It was a two-day event
that ended Tuesday.
|Reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champ
Cameron Peck went 2-0-1 at the recent Junior Ryder Cup.
U.S. Junior Amateur champions Cory Whitsett (2007) of
Houston, Texas, and Cameron Peck (2008) of Olympia, Wash.,
each went 2-0-1 in the two-day competition, while reigning
U.S. Girls' Junior champion Alexis Thompson, 13, of Coral
Springs, Fla., registered a 3-0-0 mark.
In Tuesday's 10 singles matches, the Americans posted an
impressive 9-0-1 mark, with only 2008 Great Britain and
Ireland Curtis Cupper Carly Booth salvaging a half-point
against Jennifer Johnson.
On Monday, five morning foursomes (alternate shot) matches
were played. The afternoon featured five mixed four-ball
matches. The teams consisted of five boys and five girls.
"We wanted to play like the matches were zero to zero
and just go out there and win as many matches as
possible," said the 16-year-old Whitsett of the mindset
going into Tuesday's singles competition. "Everything
was working over the first six holes for me and then I hit a
couple of loose shots, but that happens and I will take the
win for the team."
Whitsett defeated Matteo Manessero, 6 and 5, while Peck
beat Stanislaus Gautier, 5 and 4. Thompson, who at the age of
12 in 2007 became the youngest competitor to ever qualify for
a U.S. Women's Open, edged Lisa Maguire, 1 up.
Other members of the U.S. team included 2007 U.S. Junior
runner-up Anthony Paolucci; 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur
semifinalist Erynne Lee; 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Public
Links semifinalist Tiffany Lua; Jeffrey Kang; Sarah Brown;
and Jordan Spieth.
Going into the singles matches, the U.S. owned an 11Â½-1Â½
"It was a great moment for the United States and the
PGA of America," said U.S. Captain Ken Lindsay, the 30th
president of the PGA of America. "We knew we had a
wonderful team to play in Europe but our United States
players came here to win and they proved they were the
quality players we knew they could be when we announced the
Participants in the 2008 Junior Ryder Cup were to play a
nine-hole "friendship" match Wednesday at Valhalla
Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., which is the site of this
weekend's Ryder Cup Matches.
The Junior Ryder Cup, like the Ryder Cup, is a biennial
competition that takes place a few days before the top
professionals from the U.S. and Europe take the stage in an
international team competition.
David Shefter is a writer for the USGA's Digital
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