Aussies Face Tough Challenge After Day One at SentryWorld

Kassidy Rogan
July 3, 2024

Team Australia faces a tough challenge following the first day’s play in the inaugural United States Vs Australia Junior National Teams Match at SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, trailing nine matches to three.

After a lengthy journey that included a delayed flight and a missed connection, the Australian team finally arrived early Monday morning. Both teams hit the course on Monday afternoon local time for their first look at the venue which hosted the 2023 US Senior Open, with the competition beginning in earnest overnight.

The tournament between the two nations is being played in a Walker Curtis/Solheim/Ryder Cup style format featuring 12 players on each team, six boys and six girls.

In the opening day’s morning four-ball matches, the United States dominated, winning all six contests.

The closest matches in the four-ball were both on the boys’ side, with the duos of Chase Oberle/Sam Cascio and Tyler Mawhinney/Will Hartman as well as Josiah Edwards/Kayun Mudadana and Blades Brown/Tyler Watts all needing 18 holes to decide outcomes. Oberle/Casio found themselves 3 down at the turn before rallying to just 1 down after a birdie on 17. A halved 18th hole secured the points for the USA team.

Edwards/Mudadana held a 1 up lead over the home team at the turn, before Brown, who made his PGA TOUR debut earlier this year at the Myrtle Beach Classic, where he made the cut, and Watts won holes 12 through 14 to grab a 2-up advantage. The Aussies won 16, with a birdie on SentryWorld’s signature flower hole, but once again the Americans would tie the 18th hole to secure the point and the morning sweep.

In the afternoon foursomes matches Australia mounted a comeback, led by a resurgence from NSW players Rachel Lee and Ella Scaysbrook.

Rachel Lee/Reagan Denton defeated Chloe Kovelesky/Ryleigh Knaub 2 up.

“It’s an honour to be here,” said Lee.

“It’s my first time in the U.S., and it’s just a great experience for all of us. Australia is a nice place to compete but competing against the U.S. is just different. Reagan and I were able to do well this afternoon, so it’s very nice to be able to play well on top of the overall experience.”

The side of Hamish Farquharson/Spencer Harrison picked up Australia’s second point of the day, defeating the American duo of Henry Guan/Phillip Dunham, 3 and 2. Sarah Hammett and Ella Scaysbrook quickly followed with a win of their own, defeating 2022 U.S. Girls’ Junior runner-up Gianna Clemente and U.S. Women’s Open low amateur Asterisk Talley, 1 up.

The American teams of Schremmer/Oh, Mawhinney/Hartman and Brown/Watts all picked up their second points of the day with commanding wins.

Wednesday will feature 12 singles matches beginning at 8:10 a.m. ET. The match is a World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®)-sanctioned event.

Blues star Sam Cascio said he is looking forward to the second and final day of the friendly competition.  

“It’s a great experience. The course is amazing,” said Cascio.

“Everything is in great condition. Tee boxes, fairways and greens are rolling perfectly.”

Four-Ball Matches
Chloe Kovelesky/Ryleigh Knaub, USA def. Rachel Lee/Reagan Denton, Australia, 2 up
Scarlett Schremmer/Nikki Oh, USA def. Shyla Singh/Amelia Harris, Australia, 2 & 1
Gianna Clemente/Asterisk Talley, USA def. Sarah Hammett/Ella Scaysbrook, Australia, 3 & 2
Henry Guan/Phillip Dunham, USA def. Hamish Farquharson/Spencer Harrison, Australia, 4 & 2
Tyler Mawhinney/Will Hartman, USA def. Chase Oberle/Sam Cascio, Australia, 1 up
Blades Brown/Tyler Watts, USA def. Josiah Edwards/Kayun Mudadana, Australia, 1 up

Foursomes Matches
Rachel Lee/Reagan Denton, Australia def. Chloe Kovelesky/Ryleigh Knaub, USA, 2 & 1
Scarlett Schremmer/Nikki Oh, USA def. Shyla Singh/Amelia Harris, Australia, 4 & 3
Sarah Hammett/Ella Scaysbrook, Australia def. Gianna Clemente/Asterisk Talley, USA, 1 up
Hamish Farquharson/Spencer Harrison, Australia def. Henry Guan/Phillip Dunham, USA, 3 & 2
Tyler Mawhinney/Will Hartman, USA def. Chase Oberle/Sam Cascio, Australia, 4 & 3
Blades Brown/Tyler Watts, USA def. Josiah Edwards/Kayun Mudadana, Australia, 3 and 2

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