Golf Plus | Bradenton's Nelly Korda and Mika Liu lead Team USA to Junior Solheim Cup victory

Team USA retained the PING Junior Solheim Cup for a fourth consecutive time after defeating Europe, 13-11, in Germany on Tuesday. It was the first time the Americans claimed victory on European soil.

In 2011, the two sides were tied 12-12 following the final day of matches. America retained the Junior Solheim Cup due to entering as title holders.

IMG Academy's Mika Liu and Bradenton native Nelly Korda, who also trains at IMG Academy, earned points for Team USA through the two-day tournament. Korda went 2-1-0, only losing in the singles format. Meanwhile, Liu turned in a 1-2-0 record, recording her lone match play victory in singles competition.

Lydia Ko, who won last week's Evian Championship, became the youngest LPGA Tour major winner in history with use of "The 'A' Swing." The swing is detailed in Bradenton resident and world-renowned teaching instructor David Leadbetter's book that was published earlier this year.

Ko is the first Leadbetter pupil to use the new golf swing while winning a major.

Ko became the 20th student of Leadbetter's to win a major title, for either the women's or men's game.

The chase for the West Florida Golf Tour's $2,000 bonus is winding down. Players that finish in the top three of the WFGT's Summer Tour points race earn the extra cash as a reward for their consistency.

Bradenton's Domenico Geminiani and Bradenton's Samuel Chavez occupied the first two spots, while Tampa's David Branshaw sat in third place prior to this week's tournament at Dade City's Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club.

Geminiani and Chavez each have played in 12 events this summer, while Branshaw has amassed more than $8,000 in earnings in just five starts.

There are two more events on the schedule, with the WFGT returning to the area next week at Sarasota's Laurel Oak Country Club. The season concludes with the Summer Tour Championship at Lecanto's Black Diamond Ranch at the end of September.

Out-of-Door Academy golfer Max Coutsolioutsos tied for seventh place in the Florida State Golf Association's Florida Junior Tour event this past weekend in New Smyrna Beach. Playing in the boys 13-15 year old division, Coutsolioutsos fired a 76-74--150 to finish five shots behind Tampa's Jackson Suber, who claimed a one-shot victory over two players at Sugar Mill Country Club.

On the girls side, Bradenton's Ariel Yu earned a two-shot win in the 13-15 age group after posting a 72-73--145.

She edged Longwood's Mimi Chen for the title.


On Friday, Sept. 4 at River Run Golf Links, Rich Bennett aced the 100-yard 17th hole with a 7-iron. Witnesses were Bernie Regan, Henry Smith and Joe Telesco.

On Friday, Sept. 4 at University Park Country Club, David Kahn aced the 169-yard eighth hole with a 4-iron. Witnesses were Thom Mastrell, Bob Lapp and Walter Caldwell.

On Thursday, Sept. 10 at Peridia Golf & Country Club, Bill Whaley aced the 112-yard eighth hole with a 7-iron. Witness was George Pontown.

On Sunday, Sept. 13 at Peridia Golf & Country Club, Darryl Mooney aced the 142-yard 13th hole with a 7-iron. Witnesses were Mark Bilter.

-- Jason Dill,

Herald sports writer