Caldwell County golfer Emma Talley was part of two winning pairs as the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team jumped out to a 9-3 lead over the European counterparts Monday at Gleneagles Resort in Perthshire, Scotland.
The U.S. won five of the six foursomes matches Monday morning, then extended their advantage by dropping only two mixed fourball matches in the afternoon. The event concludes today with 12 singles matches.
Talley and U.S. teammate Cassy Isagawa won three straight holes late to top Kelly Tidy and Amy Boulden 3-and-2.
In the afternoon, Talley teamed with fellow Kentuckian Justin Thomas of St. Xavier to win a fourball match 4-and-3.
Both Thomas and Talley were granted an exemption from this week's high school region tournaments by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and will be eligible for next week's state tournament.
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