Team USA Captain Meg Mallon didn’t fare too well on Friday morning with Foursomes competition. The American girls were defeated 3 & 1 in the first round of the Solheim Cup at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado. The only victory for The Americans came from an unlikely source with Morgan Pressel, and Jessica Korda defeating Catarina Matthew and Jodi Ewart Shadoff 2 & 1 in the final match of the morning. The worst defeat was World number two, Stacy Lewis, and Solheim Cup rookie, Lizette Salas getting clobbered 4 & 2 by Anna Nordqvist, and Caroline Hedwall.
Lewis, and newcomer, Lizette Salas got up early at the mountain course, but couldn’t hold the lead. The match became all square at the fourth hole, and once Lewis, and Salas lost the lead, the Europeans made them pay. Team Europe picked up consecutive points at the 10th and 11th holes, and put the cap on by wining both, the 17th and 18th holes.
Match two featured Swede, Suzann Pettersen and Spainaird Beatriz Recari taking on Brittany Lang, and Angela Stanford. Team America had only one lead at the seventh hole. They went up 1 -0 and lost their brief lead on the eighth hole. They would never be up again in the match with Team Europe taking the lead at the 13th hole. Pettersen and Recari added another point at 16, and slosed out the Americans 2 & 1.
Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer, the heart and soul of Team USA did not earn a point. There will be some rookies in the afternoon session with Lexi Thompson getting the nod to play with Stacy Lewis in the Fourball competition. Team Europe rookie, Charley Hull will get to see her first action with Catorina Matthew playing against Christie Kerr, and controversial Captains pick, Michelle Wie.