Swords golfer, Julie McCarthy played a key role in helping the International Team to a dominant performance in the first session of the day yesterday as they cruised to a 9.5-3.5 victory in the evening foursomse matches to extend their lead to 20.5-15.5 heading into today’s Sunday singles.
In the morning alongside teammate Sandy Scott, the Dubliner blew away the USA team of Galdiano and Phillips 6&5 while in the afternoon forusomes, McCarthy picked up a half point alongside Ana Belac in another stellar performance, showing the same form that carried her onto the team through the season.
The Internationals won five of the opening seven matches of the day, with close wins from Aled Greville/Kengo Aoshima, Jiwon Jeon/Karoline Stormo, Matthias Schmid/Peng Pichaikool, Leonie Harm/Gabriela Ruffels, and Alex del Rey/Ivan Ramirez.
After struggling to close out matches on the opening day of the tournament, the Internationals turned things around in a big way on Saturday, and according to Kengo Aoshima, team comradery had a big part in that.
“I think we play better in this format because our team chemistry is,” said Aoshima. “When I got here on Monday, I barely knew anyone, and by Wednesday we were a family. When a group comes together and fights it is strong, and we did that today.”
The Internationals will look to continue their Saturday success this evening, in search of their first Arnold Palmer Cup trophy since 2016. McCarthy faces off against Hailee Cooper in Match 16.
Afternoon Foursome Results:
Carlson/Migliaccio, United States def. Kinhult/Laisne, International 3&1
Greville/Aoshima, International def. Augenstein/Kuest, United States 1UP
Jeon/Stormo, International def. Papp/Parmerter, United States 2UP
Schmid/Pichaikool, International def. Phillips/Smalley, United States 1UP
Harm/Ruffels, International def. Chang/Galdiano, United States 2&1
Wu/Gordon, United States def. Nyfjall/Scott, International 4&2
del Rey/Ramirez, International def. Cummins/Eckroat, United States 3&2
Harford/Lau, United States def. Go/McClymont, International 2&1
Nakajima/Kanaya, International def. Grimmer/Scott, United States 5&3
Kim/Benton, United States tied McCarthy/Belac, International
Yu/Gagne, International def. Hammer/Martin, United States 4&3
Garcia/Naveed, International tied Cooper/Nam, United States
Sunday Singles Pairings:
Match 1 – 8:30 a.m.
Agathe Laisne vs. Jennifer Chang
Match 2 – 8:30 a.m.
Alex del Rey vs. Austin Eckroat
Match 3 – 8:40 a.m.
Peng Pichaikool vs. Cole Hammer
Match 4 – 8:40 a.m.
Lorna McCloyd vs. Stephanie Lau
Match 5 – 8:50 a.m.
Sofia Garcia vs. Abbey Carlson
Match 6 – 8:50 a.m.
Sandy Scott vs. Will Grimmer
Match 7 – 9:00 a.m.
Chun An Yu vs. Will Gordon
Match 8 – 9:00 a.m.
Kaitlyn Papp vs. Lois Kaye Go
Match 9 – 9:10 a.m.
Karoline Stormo vs. Malia Nam
Match 10- 9:10 a.m.
Matthias Schmid vs. Peter Kuest
Match 11 – 9:20 a.m.
Takumi Kanaya vs. Alex Smalling
Match 12 – 9:20 a.m.
Hira Naveed vs. Ann Parmerter
Match 13 – 9:30 a.m.
Leonie Harm vs. Emilia Migliaccio
Match 14 – 9:30 a.m.
Ivan Ramirez vs. Brandon Wu
Match 15 – 9:40 a.m.
Aled Greville vs. Patrick Martin
Match 16 – 9:40 a.m.
Julie McCarthy vs. Hailee Cooper
Match 17 – 9:50 a.m.
Frida Kinhult vs. Dylan Kim
Match 18 – 9:50 a.m.
David Nyfjall vs. Alex Scott
Match 19 – 10:00 a.m.
Kengo Aoshima vs. Quade Cummins
Match 20 – 10:00 a.m.
Gabriela Ruffels vs. Haylee Harford
Match 21 – 10:10 a.m.
Jiwon Jeon vs. Kaylee Benton
Match 22 – 10:10 a.m.
Keita Nakajima vs. Chandler Phillips
Match 23 – 10:20 a.m.
Luis Gagne vs. John Augenstein
Match 24 – 10:20 a.m.
Ana Belac vs. Mariel Galdiano