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United States Storms Back to Win Boys Division of 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL
Americans also repeat as Girls Division champions

TOYOTA CITY, Japan – The United States (-21) shot the low round of the day (-10) and came from six strokes back to repeat as champions in the Boys Division of the 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan. It is the Americans’ ninth title in the 25 years of the event. Host Japan came in second place at 17-under while third round leader Thailand (-14) finished in third.

“The guys really bought into themselves and wholeheartedly believe they could come back,” American boys’ coach Kyle Blaser said. “We really stepped up in tough conditions and I can’t say how proud I am of these young men. Not only are they great golfers but they’re great kids and it’s been an honor and a pleasure to represent the United States as their coach.”

Denmark (-6) jumped to fourth place and Germany was the final team to finish under par at minus-4. New Zealand (+1) fell to sixth while France (+4) and South Africa (+8) checked in seventh and eighth, respectively. Mexico (+10), Italy (+12), Colombia (+24), Korea (+35), Peru (+36), Zimbabwe (+45) and Guatemala (+51) closed out the boys’ field.

American Frank Capan – leader after three of the four rounds – claimed the boys’ individual title at 10-under. Kosuke Hamamoto of Thailand (-8) came in second while Denmark’s Gustav Frimodt (-7) checked in third. Shota Ueki of Japan and American Travis Vick – thanks to a final round 63 – tied for fourth at minus-6.

Yuji Sekito of Japan (-5) finished in sixth – one shot ahead of Thailand’s Atiruj Winaicharoenchai (-4). Rasmus Hojgaard of Denmark (-2) came in eighth – one stroke clear of five players – Germans Nick Bachem and Marc Hammer, Daniel Hillier of New Zealand, Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana and Brandon Mancheno of the United States – who tied for ninth at 1-under.

In the Girls Division, the United States (-12) shot day’s lowest round (-4) to complete the wire-to-wire defense of its championship. Japan (-7) was the other team in the field to finish below par.

“It’s a great feeling and I’m so proud of these girls,” United States girls coach JoJo Robertson said. “From the start, they were a team. They supported each other every round and I couldn’t ask for anything more. They played great golf this week.”

Australia and Italy (+7) tied for third place – two shots ahead of Colombia (+9) and three strokes clear of sixth place South Africa (+10). France (+36), Mexico (+39) and the Philippines (+46) rounded out the girls’ field.

American Alyaa Abdulghany (-7) had the lowest round in the field for the second consecutive day to claim the Girls Division individual trophy. Japan’s Yuna Nishimura (-3) took second – one shot ahead of Emilia Migliaccio of the United States (-2). Japan’s Ayaka Furue (+2) finished in fourth place – a stroke clear of Benedetta Moresco of Italy (+3).

Australia’s Grace Kim and Riri Sadoyama tied for sixth at 5-over while Italy’s Clara Manzalini and Kajal Mistry of South Africa (+7) tied for eighth and Australia’s Isabelle Taylor came in 10th at plus-8.

The 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL is the world’s only junior golf championship in which 24 national teams – winners of regional qualifiers held across six continents and participated in by more than 65 national teams – compete for the world championship.

For more information – including photographs and videos from the round – please visit www.wjgtc.org.

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
1. United States 207-212-209-203 = 831 (-21)
2. Japan 211-210-203-211 = 835 (-17)
3. Thailand 211-209-202-216 = 838 (-14)
4. Denmark 213-211-209-213 = 846 (-6)
5. Germany 219-206-212-211 = 848 (-4)
6. New Zealand 217-205-203-228 = 853 (+1)
7. France 212-213-216-215 = 856 (+4)
8. South Africa 216-212-216-216 = 860 (+8)
10. Mexico 221-208-221-212 = 862 (+10)
9. Italy 221-210-217-216 = 864 (+12)
11. Colombia 224-216-218-218 = 876 (+24)
13. Korea 228-219-217-223 = 887 (+35)
12. Peru 223-220-216-229 = 888 (+36)
14. Zimbabwe 236-218-213-230 = 897 (+45)
15. Guatemala 227-226-227-223 = 903 (+51)

BOYS INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS
1. Frank Capan, United States 67-68-70-69 = 274 (-10)
2. Kosuke Hamamoto, Thailand 69-70-68-69 = 276 (-8)
3. Gustav Frimodt, Denmark 68-71-70-68 = 277 (-7)
T4. Shota Ueki, Japan 70-69-69-70 = 278 (-6)
T4. Travis Vick, United States 70-73-72-63 = 278 (-6)
6. Yuji Sekito, Japan 71-71-69-68 = 278 (-5)
7. Arituj Winaicharoenchai, Thailand 73-68-66-73 = 280 (-4)
8. Rasmus Hojgaard, Denmark 72-70-69-72 = 282 (-2)
T9. Nick Bachem, Germany 74-69-70-70 = 283 (-1)
T9. Marc Hammer, Germany 73-67-74-69 = 283 (-1)
T9. Daniel Hillier, New Zealand 73-64-66-80 = 283 (-1)
T9. Sadom Kaewkanjana, Thailand 69-72-68-74 = 283 (-1)
T9. Brandon Mancheno, United States 70-73-69-71 = 283 (-1)


GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
1. United States 144-143-137-140 = 564 (-12)
2. Japan 149-139-138-143 = 569 (-7)
T3. Australia 145-144-151-143 = 583 (+7)
T3. Italy 145-147-143-148 = 583 (+7)
5. Colombia 149-150-145-141 = 585 (+9)
6. South Africa 149-147-144-146 = 586 (+10)
7. France 149-157-148-158 = 612 (+36)
8. Mexico 151-156-158-150 = 615 (+39)
9 Philippines 163-148-148-163 = 622 (+46)

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS
1. Alyaa Abdulghany, United States 76-71-66-68 = 281 (-7)
2. Yuna Nishimura, Japan 72-70-68-75 = 285 (-3)
3. Emilia Migliaccio, United States 71-72-71-72 = 286 (-2)
4. Ayaka Furue, Japan 77-73-70-70 = 290 (+2)
5. Benedetta Moresco, Italy 70-73-70-78 = 291 (+3)
T6. Grace Kim, Australia 73-73-73-74 = 293 (+5)
T6. Riri Sadoyama, Japan 80-69-71-73 = 293 (+5)
T8. Clara Manzalini, Italy 75-74-73-73 = 295 (+7)
T8. Kajal Mistry, South Africa 71-79-73-72 = 295 (+7)
10. Isabelle Taylor, Australia 76-71-80-69 = 296 (+8)

United States Maintains Lead Heading into Final Round of Girls Division of 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL
Thailand takes lead in Boys Division

TOYOTA CITY, Japan – After shooting the low round of the day (137), the United States (-8) will carry a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Girls Division of the 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan.

Host Japan remained in second place at 6-under while Italy moved up to the third position at plus-3. Australia fell into a tie for fourth with South Africa at 8-over while Colombia (+12), France (+22), the Philippines (+27) and Mexico (+33) closed out the girls’ field.

“The team played great today,” United States girls coach JoJo Robertson said. “They fought hard and were consistent. We’re looking forward to the last round tomorrow.”

Japan’s Yuna Nishimura (-6) continues to lead the individual competition - clinging to a three-stroke lead over Alyaa Abdulghany of the United States and Italy’s Benedetta Moresco (-3). Emilia Migliaccio of the United States (-2) is the final player under par for the tournament and sits in fourth place.

Australia’s Grace Kim (+3) holds the fifth spot – one stroke ahead of Japanese teammates Ayaka Furue and Riri Sadoyama (+4). Lucie Malchirand of France and Italy’s Clara Manzalini are tied for eighth at plus-6 while Kajal Mistry of South Africa (+7) checks in 10th.

In the boys’ competition, Thailand shot a tournament-low round of 202 (-11) to move to 17-under for the tournament and take a two-stroke lead over second place Japan (-15). New Zealand (-14) moved up to third place – three shots clear of previous leader United States (-11). Denmark (-6) and Germany (-2) round out the teams below par in fifth and sixth place, respectively.

“They played so well today,” Thailand captain Kanes Nitiwanakul said. “We expected the other teams to play well so we knew we had to shoot a low score today. We’re excited and confident going into the final round.”

France dropped to the seventh spot at 2-over while South Africa (+5) sits in eighth – four shots ahead of ninth place Italy (+9). Mexico fell to 10th at plus-11 while Colombia (+19), Peru (+20), Korea (+25), Zimbabwe (+28) and Guatemala (+41) round out the boys field.

Daniel Hillier of New Zealand (-10) fired his second consecutive round in the 60s and holds a two-shot lead over American Frank Capan (-8) in the individual competition. Ren Yonezawa of Japan checks in third at minus-7 – one shot clear of Thailand’s Kosuke Hamamoto and Atiruj Winaicharoenchai (-6).

Shota Ueki of Japan (-5) holds the sixth spot by one shot over a trio of players – Denmark’s Gustav Frimodt, Sadom Kaewkanjana of Thailand and South Africa’s Jayden Schaper – tied for seventh at 4-under. Rasmus Hojgaard of Denmark and Peru’s Julian Perico are tied for 10th at minus-3.

The final round of the 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL tees off Friday at 8:00 AM. For a live video feed, live scoring and more information – including photographs and videos from the round – please visit www.wjgtc.org.


GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
1. United States 144-143-137 = 424 (-8)
2. Japan 149-139-138 = 426 (-6)
3. Italy 145-147-143 = 435 (+3)
T4. Australia 145-144-151 = 440 (+8)
T4. South Africa 149-147-144 = 440 (+8)
6. Colombia 149-150-145 = 444 (+12)
7. France 149-157-148 = 454 (+22)
8 Philippines 163-148-148 = 459 (+27)
9. Mexico 151-156-158 = 465 (+33)


GIRLS INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS
1. Yuna Nishimura, Japan 72-70-68 = 210 (-6)
T2. Alyaa Abdulghany, United States 76-71-66 = 213 (-3)
T2. Benedetta Moresco, Italy 70-73-70 = 213 (-3)
4. Emilia Migliaccio, United States 71-72-71 = 214 (-2)
5. Grace Kim, Australia 73-73-73 = 219 (+3)
T6. Ayaka Furue, Japan 77-73-70 = 220 (+4)
T6. Riri Sadoyama, Japan 80-69-71 = 220 (+4)
T8. Lucie Malchirand, France 73-79-70 = 222 (+6)
T8. Clara Manzalini, Italy 75-74-73 = 222 (+6)
10. Kajal Mistry, South Africa 71-79-73 = 223 (+7)


BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
1. Thailand 211-209-202 = 622 (-17)
2. Japan 211-210-203 = 624 (-15)
3. New Zealand 217-205-203 = 625 (-14)
4. United States 207-212-209 = 628 (-11)
5. Denmark 213-211-209 = 633 (-6)
6. Germany 219-206-212 = 637 (-2)
7. France 212-213-216 = 641 (+2)
8. South Africa 216-212-216 = 644 (+5)
9. Italy 221-210-217 = 648 (+9)
10. Mexico 221-208-221 = 650 (+11)
11. Colombia 224-216-218 = 658 (+19)
12. Peru 223-220-216 = 659 (+20)
13. Korea 228-219-217 = 664 (+25)
14. Zimbabwe 236-218-213 = 667 (+28)
15. Guatemala 227-226-227 = 680 (+41)


BOYS INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS
1. Daniel Hillier, New Zealand 73-64-66 = 203 (-10)
2. Frank Capan, United States 67-68-70 = 205 (-8)
3. Ren Yonezawa, Japan 70-71-65 = 206 (-7)
T4. Kosuke Hamamoto, Thailand 69-70-68 = 207 (-6)
T4. Arituj Winaicharoenchai, Thailand 73-68-66 = 207 (-6)
6. Shota Ueki, Japan 70-69-69 = 208 (-5)
T7. Gustav Frimodt, Denmark 68-71-70 = 209 (-4)
T7. Sadom Kaewkanjana, Thailand 69-72-68 = 209 (-4)
T7. Jayden Schaper, South Africa 72-65-72 = 209 (-4)
T10. Rasmus Hojgaard, Denmark 72-70-69 = 210 (-3)
T10. Julian Perico, Peru 72-69-69 = 210 (-3)

United States Holds Lead in Both Girls, Boys Divisions at Midway Point of 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL
American lead both competitions by a single shot

TOYOTA CITY, Japan – Defending champion United States (-1) shot a second round 143 to maintain the midpoint lead over host Japan in the Girls Division of the 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan.

Japan had the low round of the day (139) to move within a stroke of the Americans at even par. Australia (+1) claimed the third position while Italy (+4) sits in fourth. South Africa (+8), Colombia (+11), France (+18), Mexico (+19) and the Philippines (+23) round out the field.

“I thought the team played well today,” United States girls coach Jojo Robertson said. “It was great to see the players come through when we needed them. We feel good going into tomorrow.”

Japan’s Yuna Nishimura holds the pole position in the girls’ individual competition at 2-under. Benedetta Moresco of Italy and American Emilia Migliaccio (-1) are one shot back while three players – Australian teammates Grace Kim and Stephanie Kyriacou and Cory Lopez of Mexico – are tied for fourth at 2-over.

Alyaa Abdulghany of the United States and Australia’s Isabelle Taylor are tied for seventh at plus-3 while Maria Bohorquez of Colombia, Italy’s Clara Manzalini, Kaitlyn Papp of the United States and Japan’s Riri Sadoyama are deadlocked in ninth at 5-over.

In the boys’ competition, defending champion United States (-7) clings to a one stroke lead over Thailand (-6) and a two stroke lead over host Japan (-5) at the halfway point. New Zealand (-4) had the low round of the day (8-under) to move into fourth – two shots clear of Denmark (-2).

“I don’t think we played very well but we fought hard,” American boys coach Kyle Blaser said. “We gave some shots back to the field today but we finished strong and have to take it one step at a time. We’re excited about the next two days.”

France and Germany are tied for sixth place at 1-under – three strokes ahead of South Africa (+2). Mexico remains in ninth place at plus-3 while Italy find itself in 10th at 5-over. Colombia (+14), Peru (+17), Korea (+21), Guatemala (+27) and Zimbabwe (+28) close out the boys’ field.

American Frank Capan (-7) remains atop the boys’ individual leaderboard with a two shot lead over New Zealand’s Daniel Hiller and Jayden Schaper of South Africa (-5). Mexico’s Alejandro
Madariaga moved up to fourth at 4-under

Four players – Gustav Frimodt of Denmark, Thailand’s Kosuke Hamamoto, Dimitri Mary of France and Japan’s Shota Ueki – are tied for fifth at minus-3, one shot ahead of Marc Hammer of Germany (-2).

The third round of the 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL tees off Thursday at 8:00 AM. For live scoring and more information – including photographs and videos from the round – please visit www.wjgtc.org.


GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
1. United States 144-143 = 287 (-1)
2. Japan 149-139 = 288 (-)
3. Australia 145-144 = 289 (+1)
4. Italy 145-147 = 292 (+4)
5. South Africa 149-147 = 296 (+8)
6. Colombia 149-150 = 299 (+11)
7. France 149-157 = 306 (+18)
8. Mexico 151-156 = 307 (+19)
9. Philippines 163-148 = 311 (+23)


GIRLS INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS
1. Yuna Nishimura, Japan 72-70 = 142 (-2)
T2. Emilia Migliaccio, United States 71-72 = 143 (-1)
T2. Benedetta Moresco, Italy 70-73 = 143 (-1)
T4. Grace Kim, Australia 73-73 = 146 (+2)
T4. Stephanie Kyriacou, Australia 72-74 = 146 (+2)
T4. Cory Lopez, Mexico 71-75 = 146 (+2)
T7. Alyaa Abdulghany, United States 76-71 = 147 (+3)
T7. Isabelle Taylor, Australia 76-71 = 147 (+3)
T9. Maria Bohorquez, Colombia 75-74 = 149 (+5)
T9. Clara Manzalini, Italy 75-74 = 149 (+5)
T9. Kaitlyn Papp, United States 73-76 = 149 (+5)
T9. Riri Sadoyama, Japan 80-69 = 149 (+5)


BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
1. United States 207-212 = 419 (-7)
2. Thailand 211-209 = 420 (-6)
3. Japan 211-210 = 421 (-5)
4. New Zealand 217-205 = 422 (-4)
5. Denmark 213-211 = 424 (-2)
T6. France 212-213 = 425 (-1)
T6. Germany 219-206 = 425 (-1)
8. South Africa 216-212 = 428 (+2)
9. Mexico 221-208 = 429 (+3)
10. Italy 221-210 = 431 (+5)
11. Colombia 224-216 = 440 (+14)
12. Peru 223-220 = 443 (+17)
13. Korea 228-219 = 447 (+21)
14. Guatemala 227-226 = 453 (+27)
15. Zimbabwe 236-218 = 454 (+28)


BOYS INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS
1. Frank Capan, United States 67-68 = 135 (-7)
T2. Daniel Hillier, New Zealand 73-64 = 137 (-5)
T2. Jayden Schaper, South Africa 72-65 = 137 (-5)
4. Alejandro Madariaga, Mexico 71-67 = 138 (-4)
T5. Gustav Frimodt, Denmark 68-71 = 139 (-3)
T5. Kosuke Hamamoto, Thailand 69-70 = 139 (-3)
T5. Dimitri Mary, France 70-69 = 139 (-3)
T5. Shota Ueki, Japan 70-69 = 139 (-3)
9. Marc Hammer, Germany 73-67 = 140 (-2)
T10. Clement Charmasson, France 69-72 = 141 (-1)
T10. Sadom Kaewkanjana, Thailand 69-72 = 141 (-1)
T10. Julian Perico, Peru 72-69 = 141 (-1)
T10. Arituj Winaicharoenchai, Thailand 73-68 = 141 (-1)
T10. Ren Yonezawa, Japan 70-71 = 141 (-1)

 

United States Leads After First Round of 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL
Americans also pace Girls’ Division

TOYOTA CITY, Japan – The United States used three subpar rounds to card an opening-round 6-under 207 and take a four-stroke lead over host Japan and Thailand (-2) after the first day of the 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan. France sits in fourth at minus-1, one stroke ahead of European counterpart Denmark (E). South Africa (+3) checks in sixth, one shot ahead of New Zealand (+4) and three shots clear of eighth place Germany (+6).

“We got off to a rocky start but I was really proud of the way they fought back,” United States boys coach Kyle Blaser said. “I expect some good things out of them. They fought hard to finish well, which excites me for the rest of the week.”

Italy and Mexico (+8) are tied for ninth while Peru lays claim to the 11th position at 10-over, one shot ahead of Colombia (+11). Guatemala finds itself in 13th at plus-14, ahead of Korea (+15) and Zimbabwe (+23).

American Frank Capan shot a 4-under 67 to take the lead in the boys’ individual competition, one stroke ahead of Gustav Frimodt of Denmark (-3). Three players – Clement Charmasson of France and Thailand teammates Kousuke Hamamoto and Sadom Kaewkanjana – are tied for third after posting opening-round 69s (-2). Brandon Mancheno and Travis Vick of the United States, France’s Dimitri Mary and Japanese teammates Shota Ueki and Ren Yonezawa sit in a tie for sixth at minus-1.

In the Girls’ Division, defending champion United States shot even par and holds a one-shot opening-round lead over the Australia and Italy (+1). Four teams – Colombia, France, Japan and South Africa – are tied for fourth at 5-over while Mexico (+7) and the Philippines (+19) round out the field.

“I think it was a good start,” American girls coach JoJo Robertson said. “They were all excited and ready to get the tournament going. They played great and were steady all day. We’ll be ready to go again tomorrow.”

On the girls’ individual leaderboard, Italy’s Benedetta Moresco claimed the top spot after day one with a 2-under 70 – one shot ahead of Cory Lopez of Mexico, South Africa’s Kajal Mistry and Emilia Migliaccio of the United States (-1). Australia’s Stephanie Kyriacou and Yuna Nishimura of Japan are tied for fifth at even par, a single shot clear of a three-way tie for seventh between Australia’s Grace Kim, Lucie Malchirand of France and the United States’ Kaitlyn Papp (+1). Valery Plata of Colombia is currently in 10th place at plus-2.

The second round of the 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL tees off Wednesday at 8:00 AM. For live scoring and more information – including photographs and videos from the round – please visit www.wjgtc.org.

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
1. United States 70-70-67 = 207 (-6)
T2. Japan 71-70-70 = 211 (-2)
T2. Thailand 73-69-69 = 211 (-2)
4. France 73-69-70 = 212 (-1)
5. Denmark 73-72-68 = 213 (-)
6. South Africa 71-73-72 = 216 (+3)
7. New Zealand 73-73-71 = 217 (+4)
8. Germany 74-72-73 = 219 (+6)
T9. Italy 73-75-73 = 221 (+8)
T9. Mexico 74-71-76 = 221 (+8)
11. Peru 72-72-79 = 223 (+10)
12. Colombia 78-72-74 = 224 (+11)
13. Guatemala 79-75-73 = 227 (+14)
14. Korea 75-74-79 = 228 (+15)
15. Zimbabwe 80-80-76 = 236 (+23)

BOYS INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS
1. Frank Capan, United States 34-33 = 67 (-4)
2. Gustav Frimodt, Denmark 34-34 = 68 (-3)
T3. Clement Charmasson, France 35-34 = 69 (-2)
T3. Kousuke Hamamoto, Thailand 34-35 = 69 (-2)
T3. Sadom Kaewkanjana, Thailand 35-34 = 69 (-2)
T6. Brandon Mancheno, United States 34-36 = 70 (-1)
T6. Dimitri Mary, France 35-35 = 70 (-1)
T6. Shota Ueki, Japan 36-34 = 70 (-1)
T6. Travis Vick, United States 37-33 = 70 (-1)
T6. Ren Yonezawa, Japan 35-35 = 70 (-1)

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
1. United States 71-73 = 144 (-)
T2. Australia 72-73 = 145 (+1)
T2. Italy 75-70 = 145 (+1)
T4. Colombia 74-75 = 149 (+5)
T4. France 73-76 = 149 (+5)
T4. Japan 72-77 = 149 (+5)
T4. South Africa 71-78 = 149 (+5)
8. Mexico 80-71 = 151 (+7)
9. Philippines 81-82 = 163 (+19)

 

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS
1. Benedetta Moresco, Italy 32-38 = 70 (-2)
T2. Cory Lopez, Mexico 36-35 = 70 (-1)
T2. Emilia Migliaccio, United States 35-36 = 70 (-1)
T2. Kajal Mistry, South Africa 34-37 = 71 (-1)
T5. Stephanie Kyriacou, Australia 36-36 = 72 (-)
T5. Yuna Nishimura, Japan 36-36 = 72 (-)
T7. Grace Kim, Australia 38-35 = 73 (+1)
T7. Lucie Malchirand, France 36-37 = 73 (+1)
T7. Kaitlyn Papp, United States 37-36 = 73 (+1)
10. Valery Plata, Colombia 36-38 = 74 (+2)

25th Annual TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL Tees Off June 13
Boys’, Girls’ fields include teams from 17 countries, six continents

TOYOTA CITY, Japan – Eighty-seven of the world’s best junior golfers will descend upon Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan, to represent their countries when the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2017 Supported by JAL tees off on June 13.

The Chukyo Golf Club’s Ishino Course will once again play host to the 25th annual event – the fourth consecutive in which a girls’ competition is included.

“The executive committee is very excited to once again have the best junior golfers in the world participating in the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2017 Supported by JAL,” Vice Chairman Eiji Tagashira said. “The American teams are very strong and eager to defend their titles.”

The TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2017 Supported by JAL is the world’s only junior golf championship in which 15 national teams – winners of regional qualifiers held across six continents and participated in by more than 65 national teams – compete for the world championship.

Defending champion United States leads the boys’ field of 15 countries – Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, Thailand and Zimbabwe.

The TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2017 Supported by JAL – which follows a four-players-count-three scores format in the boys’ competition and a three-players-count-two scores format in the girls’ competition – will consist of four rounds played June 13-16.

In the girls’ competition, the United States – winner of the 2016 girls’ TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup title – will be accompanied by Australia, Colombia, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Philippines and South Africa.

“We are enthused for the continued emphasis upon the girls’ competition,” tournament committee Chairman William Kerdyk said. “That – combined with the talented players set to participate in both the boys’ and girls’ events – should make this one of the most competitive tournaments in our 25-year history.”

For more information, please visit www.wjgtc.org and for the video library – including the introduction video and interviews with former players – please visit http://wjgtc.org/japanese/movie/index.html.

TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2017 Supported by JAL
Boys Player Participants

Colombia
Santago Chamorro
Simon Estrada
Esteban Jaramillo
Juan Camilo Vesga

Denmark
Gustav Frimodt
Rasmus Hojgaard
Jacob Olesen
Rasmus Petersen

France
Thomas Boulanger
Clement Charmasson
Dimitri Mary
Pierre Pineau

Germany
Nick Bachem
Marc Hammer
Falko Hanisch
David Rauch

Guatemala
Juan Ricardo Davila
Rodorigo Rodas
Nicolas Urrutia
Santiago Urrutia

Italy
Massimiliano Campigli
Giovanni Manzoni
Julien Paltrinieri
Andrea Romano

Japan
Mahiro Sanda
Yuji Sekito
Shota Ueki
Ren Yonezawa

Korea
Lee Jaegeun
Seo Jungyu
Ko Junhyeok
Jung Sangjin

Mexico
Isidro Benitez
Luis Carrera
Mauricio Figueroa
Alejandro Madariaga

New Zealand
Daniel Hillier
Inia Logan
Thomas Parker
Henry Spring

Peru
Alberto Menacho
Hubert Nieto
Julian Perico
Santiago Zubiate

South Africa
Luca Filippi
Garrick Higgo
Christo Lamprecht
Jayden Schaper

Thailand
Kousuke Hamamoto
Sadom Kaewkanjana
Atiruj Winaicharoenchai
Ekpharit Wu

United States
Frank Capan
Brandon Mancheno
Reese Ramsey
Travis Vick

Zimbabwe
David Amm
Thompson Chimusupai
Justin Kersten
Tafadzwa Nyamukondiwa

Girls Player Participants
Australia
Grace Kim
Stephanie Kyriacou
Isabelle Taylor
Colombia
Maria Bohorquez
Maria Hoyos
Valery Plata

France
Adela Cernousek
Lucie Malchirand
Lilas Pinthier

Italy
Clara Manzalini
Benedetta Moresco
Elena Verticchio

Japan
Ayaka Furue
Yuna Nishimura
Riri Sadoyama

Mexico
Ana Laura Diaz
Cordelia Lopez
Maria Fernanda Martinez

Philippines
Nicolai Abelar
Samantha Marie Bruce
Lorenz Kayla Nocum

South Africa
Symone Henriques
Kajal Mistry
Kaleigh Telfer

United States
Alyaa Abdulghany
Emilia Migliaccio
Kaitlyn Papp

Thursday, April 20, 2017

NORMAN, Okla. – The boys and girls United States teams have been announced for the 2017 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup. The event will be held June 13-16 on Chukyo Golf Club’s Ishino Course outside Nagoya, Japan.

The boys team will consist of Frankie Capan, Brandon Mancheno, Reese Ramsey, and Travis Vick. Oklahoma City University’s Kyle Blaser will coach the team for the second time, also having led Team USA in 2007. The event’s defending champion, the Americans have won the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup a record six times.

Blaser is in his 20th season at Oklahoma City where he has led the Stars to ten NAIA Championships. With his tenth championship coming this past year, he became the winningest coach in NAIA history. Blaser is an eight-time recipient of the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Award presented by Golf Pride. OCU won its 18th Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) Championship under Blaser this past year while setting the SAC Championship’s scoring record. He has coached five NAIA Individual Champions and three Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award recipients. He has coached 25 PING First-Team All-America selections, two Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award winners, and 12 SAC Players of the Year. Blaser has been inducted into both the Golf Coaches Association of America and NAIA Hall of Fame.

“I am extremely honored to be named coach of the 2017 Junior World Cup and look forward to again working with JR (Steinbauer). It is a privilege to represent the USA and I look forward to giving it our best to keep the trophy on our soil,” said Blaser. “Last year’s team played incredible and set the bar high with their win and we look forward to making it back-to-back! I am excited about the group of guys that we have chosen to carry the USA bag.”

Capan was a 2016 AJGA Rolex All-America Honorable Mention. He recently won the 2017 AJGA PING Heather Farr Classic and the 2016 AJGA Puerto Rico Junior Open. Capan competed in the 2016 PGA Tour Puerto Rico Open, missing the cut by one stroke. He was named the 2016 Minnesota Junior Player of the Year.

Mancheno was the 2017 Florida Times-Union Player of the Year and is a two-time AJGA Rolex All-America Honorable Mention and was the Florida State Golf Association Junior Player of the Year in 2015. He won the 2017 First Coast Amateur and the 2016 St. Augustine Amateur. Mancheno was a 2016 Florida 3A State Individual Champion. He has signed to play for Auburn in the fall.

Ramsey is the number one ranked player in the state of Texas for the Class of 2017. He was a 2016 AJGA Rolex All-America Honorable Mention. He was UIL 6A All-District and Academic All-District. He broke the AJGA low-round record at Hale Irwin Colorado Junior. Ramsey signed with Texas A&M for the class of 2017.

Vick was named to the 2016 AJGA Rolex All-America Second Team and is ranked number one in the class of 2019 according to the Junior Golf Scoreboard. He sits at number 10 overall in Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking. He was a medalist at the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur.

The girls team will consist of Alyaa Abdulghany, Emilia Migliaccio, and Kaitlyn Papp The United States’ team will be coached Jojo Robertson of Texas Tech. Team USA looks to defend its 2016 team title.

Robertson is currently in her eighth season at Texas Tech where she has led the Lady Raiders to the NCAA Tournament six times. In 2015, she led Texas Tech to a 5th place finish in the NCAA Championships, the school’s highest finish ever. Since being named head coach in 2009, Robertson has led the Red Raiders to 11 team titles, which is the most for a head coach in program history. Her players have received All-Big 12 honors as well as one Big 12 Player of the Year award to go along with WGCA All-America honors. Prior to coaching, Robertson played collegiately at Oklahoma State.

“This is such an honor for me to be a part of this event,” said Robertson. “I could not be more proud to travel with our team and represent the USA. We have a great group of young ladies and I am looking forward to getting to know them and experiencing this with them.”

Abdulghany is returning for her second year at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup after having finished third individually last year. She also represented the U.S. at the World Junior Girl’s Championship in 2015. Abdulghany finished second at both the 2016 Thunderbird Invitational and the Junior PGA Championship. She was named the USA Today High School Sports All-USA Golfer of the Year in 2016. Abdulghany signed a letter of intent to play for the Southern California.

Migliaccio was named to the 2016 AJGA Rolex Junior All-America First Team. She recently won the 2017 AJGA Girls Junior at Disney. She also won the 2016 Scott Robertson Memorial tournament. Migliaccio also competed for the East Team at the 2016 Wyndham Cup. She is currently ranked 3rd in the Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings. Migliaccio signed to play at Wake Forrest in the fall.

Papp is also returning for her second year at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup after having finished ninth individually last year. She won the 2015 AJGA Girls Championship and she finished third at the 2016 Thunderbird Invitational. Papp is a four-time Rolex All-American, earning first team honors in 2015 and 2016. She signed a letter of intent with Texas.