US leads Junior Ryder Cup

Associated Press Modified: September 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm •  Published: September 24, 2012

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Casie Cathrea, Karen Chung and Esther Lee each won two team matches Monday in the Junior Ryder Cup to help the United States take a 6 1/2-4 1/2 lead over Europe at Olympia Fields.

The two-day event will conclude Tuesday with 12 singles matches. The United States won in 2008 and 2010 to square the series 3-3-1.

"Any time you come out of the first day with the lead, it's very good," U.S. captain Roger Warren said. "We still need to finish well tomorrow morning and you never know what can happen in singles."

Cathrea, from Livermore, Calif., and Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla., beat Bronte Law and Quirine Eijkenboom 3 and 2 in the morning foursomes, and Cathrea and Cameron Champ of Sacramento, Calif., edged Law and Toby Tree 1 up in the mixed fourballs.

"We lost a few holes in a row a few times today but we didn't get down and kept each other up all day," the 16-year-old Cathrea said after the morning match. "We played well as a team and it feels great to get a point for the United States."

Chung, from Livingston, N.J., and Casey Danielson of Osceola, Wis., beat Harang Lee and Covadonga Sanjuan 2 and 1 in foursomes. Chung then teamed with Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., to top Dominic Foos and Covadonga Sanjuan 3 and 2 in fourballs.

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