Brahma competes with Team USA to win the Junior Solheim Cup

BETHANY WU | Bethany Wu, co-captain of the Diamond Bar girls golf team, contributes to Team USA by defeating all of her opponents in a dominating fashion.

Junior Bethany Wu, alongside 11 other girls from the United States, won the 2013 Junior Solheim Cup at the Inverness Golf Club in Englewood, Colorado as Team USA defeated Team England, 14.5 to 9.5 last month.

Since last year, Wu’s ultimate goal was to be a part of Team USA at the Junior Solheim Cup, a competition run by the American Junior Golf Association. In order to compete with Team USA, Wu joined AJGA when she was only 12 years old. Wu continued to play until she met the point requirement needed to qualify for the team.

Wu finally reached her goal on July 15 this past summer. On the first day of the Wyndham Cup competition, the captain of the Diamond Bar girls’ golf team was announced as a qualified participant of Junior Solheim Cup.

“I was very happy when I figured out that I made it on the team. Playing for Team USA was my biggest goal for summer,” Wu said.

With the Junior Solheim Cup tournament in mind, Wu flew to Englewood to play her three matches. Wu played two matches with her teammate, Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, on the first day of the tournament. Throughout the first match, the duo of Wu and Lee maintained a lead that never dropped below 1-up. Wu and Lee won in the Morning Four-Ball against Anyssia Herbaut and Anne van Dam from Team Europe, and then went on to defeat  Harang Lee and Amber Ratcliffe of Team England.

“We got off to a good start and just tried to keep it going. We got lucky on some putts but played really well overall,” Wu said.

On the second and final day of the Wyndham Cup, Wu played a single match against Bronte Law from Stockport, England. She finished her singles match with a record of 3-0-0 and won all her matches in less than 18 holes.

Team USA was awarded the Cup for the third consecutive year  after the team won seven singles matches and halved three. Wu also remained the only undefeated player from both Team USA and Team Europe. The team then celebrated its win at a gala with professional female golfers who participated in the actual Solheim Cup.

“Words cannot describe how I felt when I won. My family was so proud when I won all my matches. I really hope I’ll be able to participate in next year’s tournaments,” Wu said.