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Team USA Selected for Junior Golf World Cup
NORMAN, Okla. – Golfers Tyler Bakich, Nathan Jeansonne, Mason Overstreet and Chandler Phillips and head coach Jimmy Stobs of Barry will represent the United States 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 tied for second last year.
Stobs has coached Barry to three NCAA Division II Championships in his 12 seasons as head coach (2007, 2013, 2014). He was named the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year presented by Golf Pride in 2007 and 2013. In 2014, his team won a school-record eight tournaments, including the Sunshine State Conference Championships and NCAA Super Regional Stobs is the only coach in college golf to have won a national title in both the stroke play-only and match play formats. Stobs was named the SSC Coach of the Year in 2014, in addition to the South Region Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career. He has coached 24 PING All-America selections and 15 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars. His teams also have been recognized as GCAA All-Academic for five straight years.
“It is an honor and privilege to be selected by my peers as Coach of the USA Team,” said Stobs. “It means a tremendous amount to me to be able to represent my country in one of the biggest junior events in the world. I look forward to working with Mason, Nathan, Tyler, and Chandler. They are all outstanding players who are hungry and determined to bring the gold medal back to the United States.”
Bakich won the 2012 Florida Junior Match Play Championship and at Lakewood Ranch in 2013. Bakich finished in the top five of four of the five AJGA events he competed in 2013-14. He participated in the 2014 US Junior. Bakich was named the 2014 Alvin A. Casey Most Outstanding High School Golfer of the Year after winning the state championship. He also claimed three district and regional titles and was named the 2013 Tampa Tribune Player of the Year.
Jeansonne is a two-time AJGA Rolex Second-Team All-America selection. A member of the 2014 Wyndham Cup West Team, Jeansonne is currently ranked 140 in the WAGR. He is a two-time winner on the AJGA tour. Jeansonne has advanced as deep as the round of 16 at the US Junior. He has member of four high school state championship teams.
Overstreet has claimed back-to-back Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament titles. He was medalist at the 2014 Oklahoma Junior Boys Championship before advancing to the match play final. Overstreet has tallied six wins on the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour over the past two years and claimed the 2013 Oklahoma Class 2A State High School Championship. He helped lead Oklahoma to back-to-back championsips at the Southern States Junior Cup.
Phillips won both the LJT HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship and the AJGA Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship in 2014. He has finished first in both high school district and regional championships in back-to-back years. Phillips recently finished third at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club.
The Junior Golf World Cup, which follows a four-players-count-three scores format, will consist of four rounds played June 16-19. The TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL is the world’s only junior golf championship in which national teams, winners of regional qualifiers held across 6 continents and participated by more than 60 national teams, compete for the world champion trophy.