Randolph Senior Varsity Golfer Michaela Morard was one of twelve junior girl golfers selected to represent the United State team in the 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup that was competed in Gleneagles Scotland on September 9 thru 11, 2019. Michaela’s playing record for this competition was 2-1-0 and helped lead Team USA to a 13-11 win over Team Europe to retain the PING Junior Solheim Cup.
Michaela and her alternate shot partner Rachel Heck were selected to play in the 1st morning match of the competition off and Michaela hit the opening drive of the 2019 competition in front of over 400 people. (BTW She stripped her drive right down the middle of the fairway). Michaela and Rachel defeated Team Europe’s top team 1UP to notch TEAM USA’s 1st points of the competition and help Team USA to a 3-3 tie with Team Europe after the morning matches.
In the afternoon 4-Ball competition, Michaela was paired with good friend Rose Zhang as they once again took on Team Europe’s top team. Michaela and Rose won a tightly contested match 3 and 1 and helped Team USA to a 7.5 – 4.5 lead over Team Europe at the completion of the 1st day of competition.
In the final day’s single competition, Randolph’s Michaela Morard was paired against England’s 2018 Curtis Cup Member Annabelle Fuller. In a close match all day, with no one leading by more that 1-hole, Fuller defeated Morard 3 and 1 to secure a point for Team Europe. However, that was not enough as Team USA secured enough points in the singles competition to win the 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup TEAM USA 13 – TEAM EUROPE 11. At the closing ceremonies a team member from each team was selected to speak to the audience to reflect on their team’s experiences during the competition. Team USA selected Michaela to reflect on the week. She first thanked PING and the Solheim Family for having the vision to promote Women’s and Girl’s golf, then she thanked all the spectators for coming out and supporting this great event. Michaela congratulated Team Europe for their friendly and competitive competition and finally she stated how proud and honored she was to be a member of TEAM USA with all her friends and stated how everyone has gotten even closer during this very special week.
The week was not all about golf as Michaela and TEAM USA got to visit schools in Scotland and talk about junior golf. The Teams also got to tour the Stirling Castle and learn some of the history of beautiful Scotland in the days before the competition.
The Randolph Golfing Family is proud of your selection to this team and your performance overseas in Scotland. Well played Michaela. #RaiseTheR