Chapel Hill High School junior Gina Kim will be one of 12 junior golfers representing the United States versus their European counterparts in the 10th Junior Ryder Cup, Sept. 26-27, at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn.
The United States Team is comprised of six boys and six girls who are U.S. citizens and graduating high school in 2017, or younger.
The 2016 U.S. Team is led by reigning Junior PGA Champions Norman Xiong, of Canyon Lake, California, and Lucy Li, of Redwood Shores, California. Xiong and Li captured the boys’ and girls’ titles, respectively, at the 41st Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island. The Championship concluded on Aug. 12.
As the runner-up in the boys’ and girls’ divisions at the 2016 Junior PGA Championship, Patrick Welch, of Providence, Rhode Island; and Alyaa Abdulghany, of Newport Beach, California, also earned automatic berths in the biennial competition.
Kim, who won the AJGA’s Rolex championship earlier this year, qualified for the team by virtue of being the U.S. Girls’ overall Junior Ryder Cup points leader. She’ll be joined on the team by a familiar face: Emilia Migliaccio, of Cary.
Migliaccio was one of three captain’s picks for the girls’ team, by Jim Remy, the 36th President of the PGA of America. Remy will captain the U.S. Team that is attempting to capture the Junior Ryder Cup for a fifth consecutive time.
“To represent your country is the highest honor in sports, and we have an incredibly talented group of boys and girls on the team this year,” said Remy. “The United States Junior Ryder Cup Team is proud to compete with the best players from Europe for one of the most coveted prizes in junior golf.”
Other captain’s picks are: Hailee Cooper, of Montgomery, Texas; and Kaitlyn Papp, of Austin, Texas.
Davis Shore, of Knoxville, Tenn., joins the team as the U.S. Boys’ overall Junior Ryder Cup points leader.
Remy’s three captain’s picks in the boys’ division are: Noah Goodwin, of Corinth, Texas; Wilson Furr, of Jackson, Miss.; and Eugene Hong, of Sanford, Fla.
Goodwin is the No. 2 ranked player in the Golfweek rankings; Furr is ranked No. 4; and Hong is the No. 3 player in the rankings.
Cooper is the No. 3 player in the Golfweek rankings for girls; Migliaccio is the No. 8 player; and Papp is No. 4 player in the Golfweek rankings and recently won the 2016 U.S. Women’s Four-ball Championship with Cooper.
Participants in the 2016 Junior Ryder Cup will also play a nine-hole, “Friendship Match” on Sept. 28, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. They will be announced live during the 41st Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies to a global audience on Sept. 29.
The “Friendship Match” at Hazeltine will feature a combined mixed four-ball, with six groupings of four players that include one girl and one boy from both Europe and the United States.
The 2016 Junior Ryder Cup will continue to present the expanded Ryder Cup format of foursomes, mixed four-ball and singles competition. The matches will mark the 10th formal connection between the PGA of America and Ryder Cup Ltd., which biennially stage the Ryder Cup.
The Junior Ryder Cup will consist of six foursomes matches on Monday morning; six mixed four-ball matches on Monday afternoon; and 12 singles matches on Tuesday. A total of 12 ½ points are needed to win the cup, out of the 24 possible points on the board.
2016 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team
Canyon Lake, Cal
Newport Beach, Cal.
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Redwood Shores, Cal.