Salpointe senior Krystal Quihuis drains 25-foot birdie to give Team USA the Junior Solheim Cup championshipby Andy Morales on Aug. 16, 2013, under Sports
2013 PING Junior Solheim Cup
Europe vs. USA
Inverness Golf Club, Denver: August 12-14
The 2013 PING Junior Solheim Cup was awarded to Team USA as they defeated Team Europe 14.5-9.5. The final 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 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 controlled the match 11-8 when the deciding point fell on the No. 18 green with the United States’ Krystal Quihuis of Tucson. She was pitted against Virginia Elena Carta of Udine, Italy, and led 1-up through No. 7.
Carta battled back with birdies on Nos. 9 and 10 to take a 1-up lead of her own. Quihuis rolled in a long birdie on No. 11 and the match was all square through No. 16.
Sticking with the motif of the day, the pair left the decision until the last two holes. This match was one of seven that ended on either No. 17 or 18. Carta bogeyed No. 17, giving Quihuis the 1-up advantage. Quihuis missed the green on No. 18 and was faced with a birdie-putt from the fringe.
She poured it in from 25 feet, winning 1-up and giving the United States the final point it needed to claim the Cup for the third-straight year.
Quihuis has won back-to-back state titles at Salpointe and is headed to the University of Arizona after her senior year.
DAY ONE RESULTS
Krystal Quihuis (2014) & Alexandra Kaui, Las Vegas (2013) USA vs. Virginia Elena Carta, Udine, Italy (2015) & Harang Lee, Cantabria, Spain (2013) EUROPE, halved.
DAY TWO RESULTS
Krystal Quihuis (2014) USA def. Virginia Elena Carta, Udine, Italy (2015) EUROPE, 1-up.
TEAM USA ROSTER
2014, Tucson, Ariz.
2013, Livermore, Calif.
2013, Livingston, N.J.
2013, Osceola, Wis.
2013, Las Vegas, Nev.
2013, Valencia, Calif.
2015, Brea, Calif.
2016, Hermosa Beach, Calif.
2014, South Salem, N.Y.
2013, Milledgeville, Ga.
2015, Windermere, Fla.
2015, Diamond Bar, Calif.
From American Junior Golf Association News Release.