The 2013 PING Junior Solheim Cup was awarded to Team USA as they defeated Team Europe 14.5-9.5. The day began in a 6-6 tie, but the Americans claimed seven singles matches and halved three to capture the Cup for the third year.
The PING Junior Solheim Cup is a biennial, trans-Atlantic team match play competition featuring the 12 best female junior golfers (ages 12-18) from Europe and the United States. Matches include four-ball, foursomes and singles. The 2013 event is hosting the seventh PING Junior Solheim Cup, in which Team USA leads the all-time series, 4-2-1.
The fate of the Cup was not obvious at any point during the day. A majority of the Singles Matches came down to the final holes and featured multiple lead changes. Team USA’s Casie Cathrea of Livermore, Calif., and Team Europe’s Shannon Aubert of Annecy, France, swapped leads throughout the match until Aubert birdied No. 15 to go all square. It looked as if the point would be split until Aubert made par on No. 18 and Cathrea was faced with a 25-foot birdie putt. The future Oklahoma State Cowgirl stepped up and rolled it in to win 1-up and give the United States the overall lead at 8.5 to 7.5.
One player from both Team USA and Team Europe remained undefeated throughout the tournament. Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif., finished with a 3-0-0 record. She won all of her matches in less than 18 holes capping off the perfect record by defeating Law of Cromer, England, 5 and 3.