U.S. wins Junior Ryder Cup at Olympia Fields


OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – 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 to 9 1/2 win over Europe.

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

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

Casey Danielson of Osceola, Wis., and Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., also won in singles, and Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., and Gavin Hall of Pittsford, N.Y., scored full points for the U.S. boys.

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.