Euro Junior Cup Round Two: Strong performance by Basso keeps Team USA close

 

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – IJGT’s Team USA took to Leven Links for the second round of the 2014 Euro Junior Golf Cup on August 7, 2014.  Weather was beautiful and the course was in fabulous condition.  Leven Links sits right off of the sea bringing in strong winds that changed throughout the round.  This proved as a true test for Team USA as they fell back in points, now trailing the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada by nine points and FIFE Team Scotland by seven and a half points.  After two rounds, the standings have Team Canada with 29.5 points, Team Scotland with 28 points and Team USA with 20.5 points.

The Americans were led by team captain, Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., who dominated the entire round and won each of her matches.  Basso’s round was followed by the match featuring Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., who once played well for the second consecutive round and won one and a half points.  Each winning a point of his own for the USA was Christopher Chiminski of Penns Park, Pa., John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md., Ryan Hicks of Santa Monica, Calif., Tanner Elder of Jefferson City, Mo., and Jack O’ Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y.   The remaining half-point for Team USA was earned by Michael Ordona of Upland, Calif.

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After round two, non-playing co-captain, Molly Moore stated, “The results may show that we are behind but I am proud of this team and know that they played tough today. There were a lot of close matches that really could have gone either way. The bus ride home was energetic and Team USA is ready to battle back tomorrow. This will be an interesting finish from an exciting three days of matchplay.”

Team USA finishes its time in Scotland with the final round of play at Drumoig Golf Club in St. Andrews.  Tee times begin promptly at noon local time.