Connelly lifts U.S. to 3-point lead at Junior Ryder Cup

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Austin Connelly sank a 75-foot putt on the final hole Monday to secure a point and give the Americans a 7 ½ to 4 ½ lead over Europe after the first two sessions of the Junior Ryder Cup.

The SMU commit’s monster putt gave the U.S. a 1-up win in the match and a 3-2-1 edge in the split fourballs session. The Americans won four of the six matches in the morning foursomes.

More than 3,000 fans turned up for the first day of action at Blairgowrie Golf Club in Scotland. Twelve singles – six boys, six girls – matches will be held Tuesday.

The U.S. is aiming for its fourth consecutive victory in the event.

Here are the results from Day 1: 

Foursomes

Sam Burns/Brad Dalke (U.S.) def. Marcus Kinhult /John Alexsen, 4 and 3

Linnea Strom/Emily Pedersen (Europe) def. Andrea Lee/Bethany Wu, 6 and 5

Austin Connelly/Gordon Neale (U.S.) def. Renato Paratore/Ivan Cantero Guitierrez, 3 and 2

Mathilda Cappeliez/Alexandra Forsterling (Europe) def. Amy Lee/Hannah O’Sullivan, 6 and 5

Davis Riley/Cameron Young (U.S.) def. Bradley Neil/Max Schmitt, 1 up

Sierra Brooks/Kristen Gillman (U.S.) def. Virginia Elena Carta/Annabel Dimmock, 5 and 4

Fourballs

Sam Burns/Andrea Lee (U.S.) def. Marcus Kinhult/Linnea Strom, 1 up

Brad Dalke/Bethany Wu (U.S.) vs. Ivan Cantero Gutierrez/Mathilda Cappeliez, halved

Austin Connelly/Hannah O’Sullivan (U.S.) def. Max Schmitt/Alexandra Forsterling, 1 up

John Axelsen/Emily Pedersen (Europe) def. Gordon Neale/Amy Lee, 3 and 1

Davis Riley/Kristen Gillman (U.S.) def. Renato Paratore/Virginia Elena Carta, 3 and 1

Bradley Neil/Annabel Dimmock (Europe) def. Cameron Young/Sierra Brooks, 6 and 4