All 12 members of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team are current AJGA players, including Jim Liu who helped the U.S. retain the Cup in 2010.
In just over a month, the United States and Europe will face off
in the biennial Junior Ryder Cup. The 12-member U.S. Team, all current AJGA
players, will compete to retain the Cup once more, after defeating Europe by
three points in the 2010 event.
Valencia, Calif., and Jim Liu of
Smithtown, N.Y., who both competed on the 2010 team, will hope to claim victory
again with teammates Casie Cathrea, Cameron Champ, Karen Chung, Casey
Danielson, Gavin Hall, Beau Hossler, Esther Lee, Scottie Scheffler, Robbie
Shelton IV and Samantha Wagner.
A victory for the U.S. Team, which has a combined record of 20
AJGA first place finishes, would be their third consecutive win. The 2012
Junior Ryder Cup will take place Sept. 24-25 at Olympia Fields Country Club in
Alison Lee, who has verbally committed to play college golf at
UCLA, has recorded five career AJGA victories. The four-time Rolex Junior
All-American recently finished second at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship
and third at the Junior PGA Championship.
Liu, who became the youngest player to win the U.S. Junior Amateur
Championship in 2010, finished second in the event this year. The three-time
Rolex Junior All-American has recorded 11 top-10 AJGA finishes since 2007.
Cathrea of Livermore, Calif., is no stranger to match play, as she
advanced to the quarter finals at this year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. Cathrea
has recorded two AJGA top-15 finishes, and finished in the top10 at the Junior
PGA Championship each of the last three years.
Rising junior Cameron Champ
of Sacramento, Calif., will compete fresh off his second-place finish at the
Junior PGA Championship. Champ has a record of four top-20 AJGA finishes,
including T2 at the 2011 Under Armour®/ Hunter Mahan Championship.
Chung of Livingston, N.J., a four-time member of the East Wyndham Cup
Team and member of the 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup team, brings considerable
match play experience to the table. The four-time Rolex Junior All-American has
recorded four career AJGA wins.
Danielson of Osceola, Wis., ranked No. 10 in the Polo Golf Rankings, has
finished in the top-15 at all six of her junior golf appearances this season,
including four AJGA events. The 2011 Rolex Junior All-American has 11 top-10
AJGA finishes, including a victory at the 2011 W. Duncan MacMillan Classic at
Rush Creek, and is a two-time East Wyndham Cup Team member.
Two-time Rolex Junior All-American and three-time New York Junior Amateur winner Gavin Hall of Pittsford, N.Y., has
recorded 10 top-10 AJGA finishes, including a victory at the 2011 Junior
PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf.
Beau Hossler of
Mission Viejo, Calif., ranked No. 7 in the Polo Golf Rankings, has recorded 11
top-10 AJGA finishes, including a victory at the 2012 Winn Grips Heather Farr
Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club. The 17-year-old appeared in his second
U.S. Open this year, competing in all four rounds to finish T29.
Esther Lee of Los
Alamitos, Calif., will compete after finishing in the top 10 in all four of her
appearances this season. The two-time Rolex Junior All-American competed as a
member of the West Team in this year’s Wydnham Cup and represented the U.S. in
the 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup.
A victory at the Junior PGA Championship guaranteed Robby Shelton IV of Wilmer, Ala., a
place on the team. The 2011 honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American has
recorded three top-10 AJGA finishes, including a tie for fourth at the 2011 FJ
of Dallas, the youngest male team member, has recorded eight top-10 AJGA
finishes, including eighth place at this year’s Rolex Tournament of Champions.
The 2011 Wyndham Cup West Team member is currently No. 22 in the Polo Golf
of Windermere, Fla., a member of the 2012 Wyndham Cup East Team, finished
second at the Junior PGA Championship. The youngest member of the U.S. team,
Wagner has two career AJGA victories and 10 additional top-10 finishes.