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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Catriona and Janice lose but Europe

only one point behind after Day One


FROM THE EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS WEBSITE
Scotland's Catriona Matthew and Janice Moodie lost their unbeaten record as a pair in the Solheim Cup, but Europe's women golfers ended Day 1 just a point behind the Americans at 4-3.
In the morning four-balls at Rich Harvest Farms near Chicago, Illinois, North Berwick's Matthew, the Ricoh Women's British Open Champion, snatched a half with Swede Maria Hjorth against Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel.
But, along with Windyhill's Moodie, she lost by 3 and 1 against Juli Inkster and Paula Creamer in the afternoon foursomes.
The home side won the fourballs 2-1 and the foursomes were shared, leaving Europe still with high hopes of winning for the first time on US soil.
Matthew and Moodie were a key partnership in Europe's 2003 victory at Barseback in Sweden and have a proud record stretching back to when they played amateur golf for Scotland.
"It was disappointing to lose, but the team is still in a great position," sad Matthew, "It promises to be a really exciting weekend."
**The full article above appears in today's Edinburgh Evening News newspaper.

FIRST DAY SCOREBOARD AT SOLHEIM CUP

Four-balls (USA names first) (2 1/2-1 1/2)
Match 1: Paula Creamer & Cristie Kerr bt Suzann Pettersen & Sophie Gustafson 1 hole.
Match 2: Angela Stanford & Juli Inkster lost to Helen Alfredsson & Tania Elosegui 1 hole.
Match 3: Brittany Lang & Brittany Lincicome bt Laura Davies & Becky Brewerton 5 & 4
Match 4: Morgan Pressel & Michelle Wie halved with Catriona Matthew & Maria Hjorth

Foursome (USA names first) (2-2)
Match 5: Christina Kim & Natalie Gulbis bt Suzann Pettersen & Sophie Gustafson 4 & 2
Match 6: Angela Stanford & Nicole Castrale lost to Becky Brewerton & Gwladys Nocera
3 & 1
Match 7: Kristy McPherson & Brittany Lang lost to Maria Hjorth & Anna Nordqvist
3 & 2
Match 8: Paula Creamer & Juli Inkster bt Catriona Matthew & Janice Moodie 2 & 1

Overall scoreline: United States 4 1/2, Europe 3 1/2

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