ATHENS, Ga. – Savannah De Bock, incoming freshman for the University of Georgia women’s golf team, finished singles match play with a 4 & 3 win over Megan Meng in Benahavis, Spain on Tuesday to help Team Europe become the first European team to win back-to-back PING Junior Solheim Cup titles.
The event consisted of two matches, a foursome and a fourball, on Monday, Sept. 18 and a singles match on Tuesday at the La Zagaleta Golf Club. Team Europe won the event by a 15-9 margin.
Paired with Team Europe teammate Cloe Amion, De Bock had four birdies and won their foursome matchup to help Team Europe take a 5.5-0.5 advantage over Team USA into fourball play. A birdie on No. 3 put De Bock and Amion 2-up before Team USA tied the match. De Bock and Amion grabbed the lead again with two birdies over the next six holes. Tied once again at No. 13, a pair of birdies put De Bock and Amion 2-up to win the match 2 & 1.
In the Monday afternoon fourball match play, De Bock and teammate Helen Briem used a combined 10 birdies and a De Bock eagle on No. 14 to go 5-up and win 5 & 4. This effort helped Team Europe boast an 8.5-3.5 lead over Team USA’s heading into the singles matchups on Tuesday.
De Bock used a par on No. 5 to take a 1-up lead over Meng. Pars on the following 10 holes allowed De Bock to go 4-up on Meng and clench the 4 & 3 win to contribute to Team Europe’s 6.5 points for the round.
De Bock is the sixth Bulldog to compete in the Junior Solheim Cup. She is the first Georgia golfer to compete for the title in 10 years, following Harang Lee (Europe) in 2013. Whitney Wade (USA) was the first Bulldog to compete in the Junior Solheim Cup in 2002 and was followed by Taylor Leon (USA) in 2003 and Marta Silva Zamora (Europe) in 2005 and 2007.