U.S., Kentuckianswin Junior Ryder Cup
PERTHSHIRE, Scotland — The United States retained the Junior Ryder Cup on Tuesday, beating Europe 131/2 to 101/2 at The Gleneagles Hotel despite the hosts winning Tuesday's final session of 12 singles matches 71/2 to 41/2.
The United States team included a pair of Kentucky high school standouts in senior Justin Thomas of St. Xavier and junior Emma Talley of Caldwell County.
"It's been a great competition and congratulations to Europe for making it a lot tighter than I would've liked," said U.S. captain M.G. Orender. "My team has been fabulous and they are not only champions on the golf course, they are champions in life."
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Thomas claimed one of the U.S. singles matches Tuesday, defeating Moritz Lampert 4 and 2. Talley halved her match with Amy Boulden.
The series between the United States and Europe's top junior players now stands tied at 3-3-1.
On Wednesday both teams will travel to Celtic Manor to meet the 2010 Ryder Cup team members, who open play Friday.
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