Venezuela Leads After First Round of TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2013 Supported by JAL
Morantes, Ruffels share individual lead
TOYOTA CITY, Japan – The United States team is in a tie for 6th place with a opening round of 1 under par 212. The team began the day struggling on the front 9 making the turn at 4 over par, but brought back to a respectable under par team round. "We did not get off to a good start and that hurt us. I am pleased that these young men hung in there and showed they could battle on the back nine. There is a lot of golf left and we have a lot of work to do to make it happen," stated Jack Harrington, Team USA coach.
Venezuela fired an opening round 6-under 207 to take the lead after the first day of the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2013 Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan. Mexico (-5) sits one stroke back in second, followed by defending-champion Australia (-4).
Germany and South Africa each carded a 211 to claim a tie for fourth, a single shot ahead of Chile, Chinese Taipei, Japan and the United States – all of whom are currently at 1-under. Sweden (+3), Korea (+5) and Costa Rica (+10) round out the field as the teams in the black.
There is a tie atop the individual competition as Venezuela’s Gustavo Morantes and Ryan Ruffels of Australia each turned in a 4-under 67. South Africa’s James Du Preez, Maximilian Mehles of Germany and Mexico’s Aaron Terrazas trail by a stroke at minus-3.
Five players – Claudio Correa and Guillermo Pereira of Chile, Venezuela’s Jorge Garcia, Soma Kitamura of Japan and Chinese Taipei’s Chang-Heng Lin – sit in a tie for sixth at 2-under. Scott Scheffler led the way for Team USA with a first round 70 and currently sits in a tie for 11th place.
The second round of the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2013 Supported by JAL tees off Wednesday at 8AM with thunderstorms expected in the area. For more information, please visit www.wjgtc.org or www.facebook.com/ToyotaJuniorGolfWorldCup.
1. Venezuela 67-69-71 = 207 (-6)
2. Mexico 68-70-70 = 208 (-5)
3. Australia 67-71-71 = 209 (-4)
T4. Germany 68-70-73 = 211 (-2)
T4. South Africa 68-70-73 = 211 (-2)
T6. Chile 69-69-74 = 212 (-1)
T6. Chinese Taipei 69-70-73 = 212 (-1)
T6. Japan 69-71-72 = 212 (-1)
T6. United States 70-71-71 = 212 (-1)
10. Sweden 71-72-73 = 216 (+3)
11. Korea 70-73-75 = 218 (+5)
12. Costa Rica 72-72-79 = 223 (+10)
T1. Gustavo Morantes, Venezuela 31-36 = 67 (-4)
T1. Ryan Ruffels, Australia 32-35 = 67 (-4)
T3. James Du Preez, South Africa 33-35 = 68 (-3)
T3. Maximilian Mehles, Germany 33-35 = 68 (-3)
T3. Aaron Terrazas, Mexico 33-35 = 68 (-3)
T6. Claudio Correa, Chile 36-33 = 69 (-2)
T6. Jorge Garcia, Venezuela 37-32 = 69 (-2)
T6. Soma Kitamura, Japan 34-35 = 69 (-2)
T6. Chang-Heng Lin, Chinese Taipei 35-34 = 69 (-2)
T6. Guillermo Pereira, Chile 35-34 = 69 (-2)
T11. Scott Scheffler, United States 37-33 = 70 (-1)
T18. Cameron Champ, United States 37-34 = 71 (E)
T18. Adam Wood, United States 36-35 = 71 (E)
T37. Ben Balter, United States 37-37 = 74 (+3)
Team USA to Compete in TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup
United States aims for first team title since 2005
NORMAN, Okla. – Golfers Ben Balter, Cameron Champ, Scott Scheffler and Adam Wood and head coach Jake Harrington will represent the United States beginning Tuesday at the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup supported by JAL at Chukyo Golf Club’s Ishino Course. Team USA - which is sponsored by Nike Golf - has won the tournament five times since its inception in 1992 but has failed to claim the team title since 2005. The United States finished fourth last year.
Jake Harrington, a South Mountain Community College Alumnus, recently completed his sixth year as head coach at SMCC having elevated his alma mater into a perennial powerhouse in junior college golf, winning national titles in 2010, 2012 and 2013. During his six years as head coach, Harrington has earned national praise from around the country. He was named the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012, the NJCAA Region I Coach of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013, the ACCAC Conference Coach of the Year in 2009, 2011, and 2012, the NJCAA Division II National Championship Coach of the Tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2013, and the GCAA Western Region Coach of the Year for 5 consecutive years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012). In addition, Harrington is in his second season as the NJCAA Division II Golf Coaches Association President, a position that he has moved up into after being nominated to be the Secretary during the 2008-2009 season, then the Vice-President during the 2009-2011 seasons.
“I am extremely humbled and honored to be selected to coach Team USA in the upcoming Junior World Cup at Chukyo Golf Club in Japan,” said Harrington. “Being able to represent the United States and wear my country’s flag on my chest or sleeve is one of the greatest honors that an athlete or coach can have. Some of the biggest names in golf have represented Team USA over the years in the Junior World Cup and I am very excited to say that this year should be no different. We have a very powerful team comprised of some of the biggest names in junior golf with Adam Wood, Cameron Champ, Scott Scheffler, and Ben Balter representing Team USA. In my short time getting to know these young men, the most refreshing thing is the fact that they all understand what an honor it is to be selected to represent Team USA and I know they will represent Team USA with tremendous pride!”
Balter is a two-time FCWT All-American and three-time Naples News All-Area High School Golfer. The lone returner from last year’s US Junior Golf World Cup team, he placed 12th in the 2012 event. Balter placed fourth in the Ouiment Amateur and 24th at the Scott Robertson.
Champ was a member of the winning U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team in 2012. He was a First-Team Roelex Junior All-American. Champ finished in the top 10 at this year’s Memorial Amateur, Azalea Invitational, HP Boys Championship and AJGA Puerto Rico Open. Also had top 10 showings at the AJGA PING Invitatioanl and Junior PGA Championship in 2012.
Scheffler was a member of winning U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team in 2012. He is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and Two-time Wyndham Cup West Team Member. Scheffler has advanced to match play three times at the U.S. Junior Amateur. He placed second at the HP Boys Invitational this spring. In 2012, Sheffler was medalist at the Polo Golf Junior Classic before finishing runner-up. He also placed in the top 10 at the Jones Junior Cup, The PING Invitational, Rolex Tournament of Champions and Thunderbird Invitational.
Wood is a First-Team Rolex Junior All-American. He won both the Western Junior Championship and Polo Junior Golf Classic. The also placed in the top 10 at the Memorial Junior presented by Border Energy, Junior PGA Championship and Junior Orange Bowl.
The Junior Golf World Cup, which follows a four-players-count-three scores format, will consist of four rounds played June 18-21. The TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2013 Supported by JAL is the world’s only junior golf championship in which 12 national teams, winners of regional qualifiers held across 6 continents and participated by more than 60 national teams, compete for the world champion trophy.
Follow Team USA during the event here - http://collegiategolf.com/Junior-Golf-World-Cup/home.html.
TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2013 Supported by JAL Tees Off June 18
World’s top junior golfers descend upon Toyota City, Japan
NORMAN, Okla. – The best junior golfers from 12 countries across six continents will be on hand when the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2013 Supported by JAL begins June 18 in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan. The Chukyo Golf Club’s Ishino Course will once again play host to the 21st annual event.
Defending-champion Australia returns following last year’s two-stroke victory. The 2012 title was the country’s first. Africa’s lone participant – South Africa – also has one victory. Its 2001 championship team featured future British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.
Host Japan – winner of three Junior Golf World Cup titles – will be joined by fellow Asian representatives Korea (one title) and Chinese Taipei.
The United States holds the most Junior Golf World Cup titles with seven but has not taken home the trophy since 2005. They will be joined by Costa Rica and Mexico to round out the North American teams.
Chile and Venezuela will each be looking for their first championship as the South American participants while Germany and Sweden (one title) round out the field as the European representatives.
In addition to Oosthuizen and Schwartzel, notable former participants include Bud Cauley (USA), Kevin Chappell (USA), Brendon de Jonge (Zimbabwe), Russell Henley (USA), Ryuji Imada (Japan), Trevor Immelman (South Africa), Anthony Kim (USA), Hunter Mahan (USA), Edoardo Molinari (Italy), Justin Rose (England), Kyle Stanley (USA), Henrik Stenson (Sweden) and Camilo Villegas (Colombia).
The TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2013 Supported by JAL, which follows a four-players-count-three scores format, will consist of four rounds played June 18-21. It is the world’s only junior golf championship in which 12 national teams, winners of regional qualifiers held across six continents and participated in by nearly 60 national teams, compete for the world championship.
TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2013 Player Participants
Yun Sung Ho
Nam Seung Hui
Park Chan Young
Luis Gerardo Garza
James Du Preez