Val Skinner Named Captain of PING Junior Solheim Cup Team

Val Skinner, a member of the victorious 1996 U.S. Solheim Cup Team and a six-time winner on the LPGA Tour, has been named captain of the United States PING Junior Solheim Cup Team.

“We are delighted that Val has accepted the U.S. Team captaincy,” said John A. Solheim, chairman & CEO of PING, the leading global manufacturer of custom-built golf equipment that sponsors the event. “Val’s spirit, love and dedication to the game of golf, combined with her exceptional leadership qualities, made her an ideal candidate for this position.”

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to captain the U.S. PING Junior Solheim Cup Team,” said Skinner. “It will be a pleasure to watch these young players express their talent and love of the game in a team atmosphere. The Solheim Cup was one of my best competitive experiences as a golfer, and I look forward to sharing those experiences and memories with these fine young players.

“I am very grateful to John Solheim for the invitation and the vote of confidence to be invited to captain the team.”

The PING Junior Solheim Cup, which features the 12 best female junior golfers (ages 13-18) from the United States competing against the top 12 junior girls from Europe, will be held Sept. 9-10 at the Bokskogens Golf Club near Malmö, Sweden. The event immediately precedes The Solheim Cup at nearby Barsebäck Golf and Country Club, Sept. 12-14.

The United States won the inaugural PING Junior Solheim Cup at Oak Ridge Country Club in Minnesota last year, 17-7.

Skinner, who will be a commentator for The Golf Channel during the 2003 Solheim Cup telecast, is playing her 21st year on the LPGA Tour, where she ranks among the top 50 in all-time career earnings. She also played six events on the Ladies European Tour, winning four titles and earning Rookie of the Year in 1982.

Skinner’s fierce competitiveness and determination on the golf course transcends to her work involving philanthropy. Her passion to create awareness about breast cancer among young women earned her the LPGA’s 1999 Komen Award in recognition of contributions and initiatives through golf to eradicate this disease.

Skinner was close friends with LPGA member Heather Farr who in 1993 lost her battle with breast cancer. As a result, Skinner became founder, chairman and host of LIFE (LPGA Pros In the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer). In four years, Skinner has raised $2 million through LIFE for The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the LPGA’s official national charity. The LIFE event funds have supported the launch of a national campaign called “The Young Women’s Initiative.”

Skinner, who resides in Bay Head, N.J., was the recipient of the 2001 New Jersey Woman of Achievement Award. She has also been cited as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scout Council, has earned the Women’s Wellness Award and the Samaritan Award.

She received the Award of Hope in 2000 from the Cancer Institute of New Jersey for raising $500,000, the largest single-day donation ever for breast cancer from a golf event.

In 1997, Skinner was selected as one of USA WEEKEND magazine’s five “Most Caring Athletes” in recognition of her humanitarian efforts in working to raise awareness and funds.

Growing up in Nebraska, Skinner won eight state championships, 20 high school titles and competed nationally. This success earned the likable golfer a scholarship at Oklahoma State University, where she was named Big Eight Female Athlete of the Year, Collegiate Player of the Year and was eventually inducted into the Oklahoma State Hall of Fame. Skinner is also a member of the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame and the Nebraska Golf Hall of Fame.

Premier Partners
Official Partners
Media Partners
Association Partner
Twitter Facebook AJGA Blog AJGA on Instagram AJGA on YouTube
Member Logins
Player, Coach and Alumni Login
Member ID:
Forgot your password?
Don't have a password?
Forgot your Member ID?
Not A Member or Need to Renew?
What every member should know
Learn the basics
Performance Based Entry
Leadership Links
ACE Grant financial aid
Polo Golf Rankings
1. Chun-an Yu
Taoyuan, --
2. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, LA
3. Eugene Hong
Sanford, FL
4. Spencer Soosman
Westlake Village, CA
5. Davis Shore
Knoxville, TN
1. Hannah O'Sullivan
Chandler, AZ
2. Angel Yin
Arcadia, CA
3. Sierra Brooks
Sorrento, FL
4. Nelly Korda
Bradenton, FL
5. Mika Liu
Beverly Hills, CA
Complete Rankings

The Foundation

The American Junior Golf Foundation is the primary recipient of all charitable giving to the AJGA and as such administers a variety of programs designed to compliment the AJGA and the members and families who make up our community. Learn more about these important programs and how your contributions to the Foundation secure the AJGA’s financial future for future generations to come.
Donate Now
Planned Giving Program
Endow an ACE Grant
Annual Fund
ACE Grant


The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to play in AJGA events. Its goal is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources. This program helps to fulfill the AJGA’s mission of developing young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

Leadership Links

What is Leadership Links?

Leadership Links is a new program whereby the AJGA is able to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA youth development programs. Please click here to learn more about the program and the different opportunities available.

Weekly Results
Polo Golf Junior Classic
S.M. Lee
Won Jun Lee
Matthew Wolff
Mariel Galdiano
Andrea Lee
Maria Hoyos
FJ Live Scoring
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and
development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.