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Golf - 14. September 2007.

England’s Florentyna plays 100pc role in Europe’s Junior Solheim Cup win

The Europeans continued the developing tradition of these matches that the home side wins when they defeated the USA 14-10.

Florentyna, the French lady junior champion from Royal Birkdale, scored her third point for Europe when she birdied the 18th to beat Kimberley Kim. The 15-year-old American was the youngest-ever winner of the US women’s amateur when she took the title last year.

Florentyna’s mother, Gina, followed the match and said: “It was fantastic. A lot of the other players were watching when Flory holed a 30ft putt up a ridge for a birdie on the 18th. The other girl was nearer the flag but missed – and everything exploded! It was very nerve wracking and very exciting.”

The 18-year-old, who lives in Germany, was up for most of the match but had been pulled back to all square on the 16th. The two girls halved the short 17th before Florentyna settled matters on the last.

It gave her a 100 per cent record in the matches with victories in the foursomes, fourballs and singles. She was one of only three Europeans to win all her games.

Florentyna has now been a member of two Junior Solheim Cup teams and also played in a winning European team in the Junior Ryder Cup.

England’s other representative in the team was British girls’ champion Henrietta Brockway (Yeovil) who scored a 2/1 win over Tiffany Lua, 16, in the singles.

The American took the early advantage but Henrietta squared matters on the fifth, went one up on the sixth and two up on the seventh. She was up for the remainder of the match and closed out her opponent on the 17th.

During the two-day match the teams shared the foursomes with three points apiece; Europe won the fourballs 4-2 and the singles 7-5.

Full details: www.solheimcup.golf.se

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