Team England was the fan favorite despite going 0-1-1 against Team Japan on the second day of the UL International Crown and currently lead Pool B with five points.
Following play on Saturday, the top-2 teams from each pool will advance to Sunday singles. Additionally, the third place team in each pool will go to a playoff to decide the fifth and final team to advance to Sunday.
Japan’s Ai Suzuki and Ayaka Watanabe squared off against England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Holly Clyburn on day two. Suzuki gave the Japanese the early lead and never trailed during the match despite Team England fighting back to square the match on three occasions. The match ended with a halve.
"It just felt like the putts were harder to read, and they just weren't dropping," Ewart Shadoff told the media. "Yeah, birdies were not hard to come by today, and I think we both scrambled well, and I'm happy to get a point out of it at least."
Team England’s Mel Reid found herself in an unusual situation Friday morning with playing partner Charley Hull ill and unable to compete. Reid took on Japan’s Haru Nomura and Mika Miyazato on her own. While Reid was unable to take the lead during the day, she was able to fight back from a 2-Down deficit with an eagle and birdie at the 12th and 13th holes to square the match. But Nomura made birdie at the par four 17th to once again give Japan the lead and ultimately the win.
"I'm extremely proud of myself. You know, I've been struggling a little bit this year with a bit of game time," Reid said after the match. "To play the way I did today, I think we were 6-under or something like that, so my aim was to shoot 4-under. I thought, if I shot 4-under I've got a pretty good chance to not be embarrassed.
''For me, it's a huge positive. To get anywhere near the 18th was going to be a huge achievement, and I am just really, really pleased I gave the team a huge chance of even a point."
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