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Kentuckians help U.S. win Junior Ryder Cup

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."

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.

Special to the Herald-Leader

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