BEAUMONT, Calif. -- Vanderbilt's Jacqui Concolino teamed with Kimbra Kosak of Division III's Gustavus Adolphus to post a 1-up come-from-behind victory over China's Huang Ping and Yang Taoli, helping America take a 4 1/2 - 1 1/2 advantage after the first round of the USA-China Friendship Cup on Thursday.
The United States won four matches and halved another in the first-day four-ball competition at Oak Valley Golf Club.
The other women's twosome of Arizona State's Jennifer Osborn and Kristi Piepenbrink of Division II's Indianapolis also defeated China, claiming the final match of the round.
Team USA consisted of four women and eight men - all true freshmen - that will compete against China at the three-day event.
"The Chinese are a talented group of players and are very classy on the course," said USA women's coach Dan Brooks. "They played with a lot of heart and our team had to play good golf to be ahead at the end of the round. (Friday) should be an exciting second day."
Earlier in the day on the men's side, the United Stated claimed its first victory 2-up when China conceded the match on 18 fairway after Ye Jianfeng's tee shot was lost and Mu Hu failed to chip out of the left-side shrubs and both Ben Fox and Brian Locke's tee shots landed in the fairway. Fox and Locke - who trailed by two after 11 - birdied Nos. 16 and 17 to win the match's final three holes. A Chris Killmer par on the 18th halved the second match against China's Han Ren and Su Dong. The US led for 14 holes of the match behind Chris Moore's five birdies before China claimed 16 and 17 to take its only lead before bogeying No. 18. Bronson Burgoon and Sam Cyr pushed the American lead to two points with a 4 and 2 victory against Fu Zhongyang and Yang Wenzhang. The U.S. carded birdies on eight of the sixteen holes played and led for good beginning after No. 4.
China earned its only victory of the round when He Zeyu and Wu Ashun won the last three holes to defeat Cameron Tringale and Brett Willis 2-up. The Americans led from the second through the 15th before the Chinese birdied the final three holes.
Action continues Friday with second-round singles matches teeing off at 7:30 a.m. and third-round four-ball competition scheduled to begin at 1:40 p.m.
USA China Friendship Cup
First Round Results
Oak Valley Golf Club
United States 4 1/2
China 1 1/2
First Round Four-Ball Matches Results
Ben Fox/Brian Locke, USA def. Hu Mu/Ye Jianfeng, China, 2-up
Chris Killmer/Chris Moore, USA halved Han Ren/Su Dong, ChinaHe Zeyu/Wu Ashun, China def. Cameron Tringale/Brett Willis, USA, 2-up
Bronson Burgoon/Sam Cyr, USA def. Fu Zhongyang/Yang Wenzhang, China, 4 and 2
Jacqui Concolino/Kimbra Kosak, USA def. Huang Ping/Yang Taoli, China, 1-up
Jennifer Osborn/Kristi Piepenbrink USA def. Lie Wei/Zhou Xiaoxuan, China, 1-up
Second Round Singles Pairings
Sam Cyr, USA vs. Su Dong, China
Chris Killmer, USA vs. Han Ren, China
Brett Willis, USA vs. Wu Ashun, China
Chris Moore, USA vs. Ye Jianfeng, China
Cameron Tringale, USA vs. Yang Wenzhang, China
Brian Locke, USA vs. He Zeyu, China
Ben Fox, USA vs. Hu Mu, China
Bronson Burgoon, USA vs. Fu Zhongyang, China
Kimbra Kosak, USA vs. Zhou Xiaoxuan, China
Kristi Piepenbrink, USA vs. Huang Ping, China
Jennifer Osborn, USA vs. Yang Taoli, China
Jacqui Concolino, USA vs. Li Wen China
Third Round Four-Ball Pairings
Ben Fox/Brian Locke, USA vs. Han Ren/Su Dong, China
Bronson Burgoon/Brett Willis, USA vs. Hu Mu/Ye Jianfeng, China
Chris Killmer/Chris Moore, USA vs. Fu Zhongyang/Yang Wenzhang, China
Sam Cyr/Cameron Tringale, USA vs. He Zeyu/Wu Ashun, China
Jacqui Concolino/Kimbra Kosak, USA vs. Li Wen/Zhou Xiaoxuan China
Jennifer Osborn/Kristi Piepenbrink, USA vs. Huang Ping/Yang Taoli, China