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2012 North America Cup - Day 2 Results
Okatie, SC - The day belonged to Team USA. Under clear skies and through stifling temperatures the American squad swept the foursome matches to take a commanding lead in the Tenth Annual North America Cup.
Team USA jumped out to an early lead in the first match with Gabby Weiss and Olivia Landino taking a 4-up lead to the fifth tee against Marlies Klekner-Alt and Katelyn McMahon. The next five holes were played even before Canada got their first win on the tenth. The American girls rebounded with three straight wins to capture a 6&5 victory.
Match Six showcased two of the most dominant duos from Day 1. Team Canada's Scott Secord and Jonathan Cardinal faced off against Team USA's Austin Morrison and Josh Fisher. Each team had convincing wins in the fourball session on Monday. The match was played very evenly through the first nine holes, but once the players made it to the back nine the American pair stepped on the gas pedal. The took a 4-up lead on the thirteenth. Secord and Cardinal got one hole back before matching pars on the sixteenth gave Morrison and Fisher a 3&2 win - their second in as many days.
The younger boys division featured two well-played matches from start to finish. Canadians Kyle Gorsope and Brendan Seys got ahead quickly winning their first two holes over Will Thomson and Chase Roswall. The tide turned at that point as the Americans erased the deficit and took a lead of their own. The match remained fairly constant through until it was closed out on the 17th as Thomson and Roswall won 3&2. In the other foursome Patrick Tan and Nicholas Brisebois of Team Canada entered the sixth hole with a 1-up lead over Steve Cerbara and Joshua Allen. The Americans evened the contest on the par-3 and took a lead soon after. A win on the 13th gave Cerbara and Allen command of the match and they were able to close out on the 15th for a 4&3 victory.
The six Americans who suffered a loss on Day 1 successfully avenged and earned wins on Day 2. Ben Dietrich and Derrick Villarreal played together again and matched up against Kurtis Campbell and Kevin Li. Villarreal and Dietrich used a good push at the beginning of the back nine to go up by two holes through the thirteenth. After dropping the fourteenth they halved 15 and 16 before a par on 17 secured the 2&1 victory. Zach Boe and John Edler of Team USA teamed up and earned a wire-to-wire win over Colton Kalkanis and Branson Ferrier. After snagging an early lead they kept pressure on the Canadian duo all day and refused to relinquish the advantage. A pair of pars for each team on the sixteenth resulted in a final score of 3&2 in favor of Boe and Edler.
Perhaps the most intriguing match of the day was between Mark Folkwein and Frank Szucs of Team USA and Jean-Michel Pare and Cedric Laverdure of Team Canada. Pare and Laverdure took advantage of early mistakes by Folkwein and Szucs on holes two, five and six to take a 3-up lead. After halving the seventh, the Americans reversed the momentum and started to climb back with wins on eight, nine and eleven to bring the match back to all square. They continued their push by taking holes twelve and thirteen for a 2-up lead. The two teams swapped wins on fourteen and fifteen before halving sixteen. A conceded birdie to Team USA on 17 completed the comeback as Folkwein and Szucs won 3&1.
The unprecedented shutout gives Team USA an 11-3 lead going into singles matches which begin at 7:30AM on Wednesday morning. 14 1/2 points are needed to win the Cup. Follow the action live on www.IJGT.com.
Day 2 Results
Olivia Landino and Gabby Weiss (USA) 6&5 versus Marlies Klekner-Alt and Katelyn McMahon
Will Thomson and Chase Roswall (USA) 3&1 versus Kyle Gorsope and Brendan Seys
Joshua Allen and Steve Cerbara (USA) 4&3 versus Patrick Tan and Nicholas Brisebois
Mark Folkwein and Frank Szucs (USA) 3&1 versus Jean-Michel Pare and Cedric Laverdure
Zach Boe and John Edler (USA) 3&2 versus Colton Kalkanis and Branson Ferrier
Austin Morrison and Josh Fisher (USA) 3&2 versus Scott Secord and Jonathan Cardinal
Ben Dietrich and Derrick Villarreal (USA) 2&1 versus Kurtis Campbell and Kevin Li