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Junior Ryder Cup: US on course for easy win

The United States, winners by an incredible 22-2 margin two years ago, are on course for another massive win after taking a 9-3 lead over Europe after the opening foursomes and fourballs of the Junior Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

The European team managed just two half points in the moring foursomes, then picked up the other two points with two match wins in the afternoon fourballs.

Jordan Spieth, the 17-year-old who finished 16th in the US Tour's Byron Nelson Championship, won both his games.

The two-day match concludes with singles today.

Meanwhile Ireland, after reaching the quarter-finals of the European Senior Women's Team Championship, are in cautiously optimistic mood as they go into action in the Home Internationals at Sherringham on the Norfolk coast today.

With Donabate's Pat Doran, second in the recent British Senior Championship, and Strabane's Helen Jones, among the front-runners throughout that tournament, they certainly have players in form.

Belvoir Park’s Violet McBride is also in the Irish line-up who start against England today.

Junior Ryder Cup: (Europe names first):

Foursomes: A Eckhardt and K Ventura lost to A Paolucci and J Speith 5&4, I Deilert and K Spilkova halved with A Lee and K Park, C Lloyd and M Lampert halved with O Schniederjans and J Thomas, K Tidy and A Boulden lost to C Isagawa and E Talley 3&2

J Kukkonen and T Detry lost to J Liu and D McCarthy 2&, M Gidali and M Molle lost to D Chen and G Howard 1 hole.

Fourballs: Eckhardt and Spilkova bt Paolucci and Park 4&3, Lloyd and Boulden lost to Spieth and Lee 3&2, Lampert and Tidy lost to Thomas and Talley 4&3, Ventura and Deilert lost to Liu and Chen 2&1, Kukkonen and Molle lost to Schniederjans and Howard 1 hole, Detry and Gidali bt McCarthy and Isagawa 3&2.

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