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Isagawa helps U.S. win Junior Ryder Cup

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Baldwin senior Cassy Isagawa helped the United States win the Junior Ryder Cup on Tuesday at Gleneagles Resort’s PGA Centenary Course in Scotland. The Americans defended their title over the Europeans, winning 13 1/2 to 10 1/2.

The U.S. led 9-3 going into the 12 singles matches Tuesday. It clinched the win by capturing three of the first five matches. Jordan Spieth, a 17-year-old who tied for 16th in the Byron Nelson Championship this year, won all three of his matches.

Isagawa went 1-1-1. She helped the U.S. to its big lead with a 3-and-2 victory in Monday’s foursomes. Isagawa and Emma Talley won the 14th, 15th and 16th holes to close out their match. Isagawa teamed with Denny McCarthy in the afternoon and lost, 3 and 2. On Tuesday, Isagawa halved her singles match.

Isagawa is the reigning Hawaii high school champion and earned a place on the Junior Ryder Cup team by winning the Junior PGA Championship this summer. She will play for the University of Oregon next fall.

The Junior Ryder Cup began in 1997, and the competition is now even at 3-3-1. The players traveled to Wales to participate in friendship matches today and watch this weekend’s Ryder Cup.

Gleneagles is the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

 

Kim at LPGA qualifier

Former Hilo resident Kimberly Kim moved into fourth after shooting a 4-under-par 68 in yesterday’s second round of the LPGA sectional qualifier at Venice, Fla.

Kim’s round was the lowest of the day at the Plantation Golf & Country Club. At 141, she is three shots behind the leaders going into the final two rounds.

The top 30 and ties advance to the LPGA’s Final Qualifying Tournament, Dec. 8-12 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Baldwin graduate Shayna Miyajima also moved up yesterday, going from 31st to 24th with a 73 that left her at 147.

Kamehameha and Stanford graduate Mari Chun (80–167) missed the cut, as did former Mililani resident Lisa (Anderson) LaFollette, who withdrew after an opening-round 84.

LaFollette was a rookie on the Duramed Futures Tour this year. She won the 1990 Hawaii State Women’s Stroke Play Championship at age 16. She is now a pilot for Continental Airlines and took time off to play on the LPGA’s developmental tour.

 

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