Team England defeated America on the first day of the 2016 UL International Crown to take the first round lead in Pool B after day one.

Holly Clyburn and Jodi Ewart Shadoff defeated Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson 2&1, giving Team England their first two points of the day. Ewart Shadoff credited their team chemistry for helping them stay loose and have fun out on the course.

"Ever since we got here this week, the team has bonded really well," Jodi explained during their press conference.

"I knew that coming into it everyone was going to get on really well. Everyone is really laid back. You know, it helps. We were walking down the fairway right next to each other the whole time today...I think we're having a lot of fun out there, and it definitely helped."


Charley Hull and Mel Reid defeated Gerina Piller and Stacy Lewis 2&1 to secure the sweep and pick up an additional two points for Team England. Hull credited their underdog status as a source of fuel for their solid play.

"I just love playing in this kind of environment, especially when you are a bit of an underdog," Hull told the media during their press conference.

"I just like proving people wrong, and it just makes you go out there, gives you a little bit more of a buzz....I think it definitely helped us in a way because even people not cheering us on the golf course, we was kind of saying that, that we kind of like it because it makes us want to keep on making birdies and keep their crowd quiet."

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