Europe successfully defended its title for the first time in the tournament’s history; Team Europe will aim for a third consecutive Solheim Cup victory later this week, live Friday from 6.30am on Sky Sports Golf.
Last updated: 09/19/23 5:53 p.m.
Team Europe posted back-to-back victories at the PING Junior Solheim Cup and defended their crown for the first time in team history after defeating the United States 15-9 in La Zagaleta, Spain.
The home team, led by captain Gwladys Nocera and vice-captain Nora Angehrn, had taken a convincing five-point lead after the opening session of the first day, having won 5.5 points from a possible six in the morning foursomes.
A share of the spoils from Monday’s afternoon fourball left the hosts needing just four points on the final day to retain the trophy, with Europe going on to win six and draw in one of 12 singles matches to achieve an impressive victory.
“Being captain is easy when you have a team like this!” » said Nocera. “We really loved the course but I think it’s due to very good preparation. These girls know how to do it and they work very hard. I have to congratulate them for all the work they have done during the season and over the last few years. two days.”
As the Solheim Cup begins on September 22, we look back at some classic winning moments over the years between Team USA and Team Europe.
With a 12.5 point target on day two, the USA put up a fight as Jasmine Koo defeated Andrea Revuelta (Spain) 2&1 in the opening match.
Francesca Fiorellini (Italy) made it three wins from three as she beat Anna Davis 5&3 thanks to some incredible iron play, before Europe added another point shortly after when Nora Sundberg (Sweden) won 4&2 against Gianna Clemente.
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Although she only needed two more points to defend her title, a wave of red quickly emerged on the scoreboard, when Yana Wilson beat Yana Beeli (Switzerland) on the final hole, Kathryn Ha came back from three points to edge Anna Canado (Spain) with a birdie on the last and Leigh Chien beat Josefin Widal (Sweden) 3&2.
But with Savannah De Bock (Belgium) continuing her fine form to win 4&3 against Megan Meng, Cloe Amion (Spain) – 1 ahead of Elizabeth Rudisill in the final – two-putted for victory and sealed the 2023 title for the European team.
“It’s a dream come true,” Amion said. “Just being here is awesome, but winning is amazing. I didn’t know Savannah won her match, so I didn’t realize it was the winning putt! But just making it makes me happy brought so much satisfaction and happiness.”
In the last matches, Meja Örtengren found her best form beating Irene Kim 4&3, while Denisa Vodickova lost her first match of the week, losing 2&1 against Anna Song. Helen Briem (Germany) was narrowly beaten by Ryleigh Knaub 1UP, while Rocio Tojedo, the star of Monday’s foursomes, halved her match against Asterisk Talley.
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