by Jeff Skinner
On a fair but cool Irish morning the best female golfers played the Killeen Castle Course to an “All Square” draw after the morning foursomes at The Solheim Cup. With play that ranged from brilliant to hideous and back to brilliant again the ladies fought the course and their nerves for an even two wins per team.
The first match of the day saw Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie jump out to a 2 up lead after two holes over Maria Horth and Anna Nordqvist. They then cruised to a 2 up win.
Rookie Stacy Lewis and veteran Angela Stanford had trouble early and couldn’t find their chemistry as they went down early in the match and lost 3 & 2 to Catriona Matthew and Azahara Munoz.
The other two matches proved that a team is never out of a match as long as there are a few holes left. The team of Paula Creamer and Brittany Lincicome surged to a 2 up lead after two but soon lost their game as their shots found the rough, sand and the water. Karen Stupples and Melissa Reid battled back to a 2 up lead with four to play. The ladies of the U.S. then won three of the last four holes to steal a point with a 1 up victory.
The last match of the morning pairings was just as exciting. Suzann Pettersen and Sophie Gustafson of Europe took a 1 up lead early. The U.S. team of Juli Inkster and Brittany Lang fought back for a brief lead at the tenth but Europe battled back to a 1 up lead after the thirteenth. A clutch birdie putt on the seventeenth by Inkster put the match all square going into the final hole. Both teams had birdie putts of similar length on the eighteenth but only the gutty Pettersen could hole it and the Euros took the match 1 up. That left both teams tied with two wins.