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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Catriona and Janice lose but Europe

only one point behind after Day One

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.


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