Team USA Selected for World Junior Golf Cup
NORMAN, Okla. ?Kevin Chappell, Patton Kizzire, Will Osborne and Garrett Sapp have been selected to compete for the United States team at the 2004 Toyota Junior World Golf Cup. The competition will be held June 22-24 in Bear?s Paw Golf Club - a par-72 mountain course outside of Shiga, Japan. Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham has been tabbed to coach the American squad.
Chappell, a senior from Buchanan High School in Fresno, Calif., will be attending UCLA in the fall. He has been named MVP of his high school golf team four times and was runner-up in the California state junior twice. He was medalist at the 2002 Americas Cup and at U.S. Junior Qualifying.
A senior at Northridge High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Kizzire is an AJGA first-team All-American and three-time West Alabama High School Player of the Year. Kizzire currently holds three Alabama State Championships - the Alabama Golf Association State Junior, the Alabama State High School Athletic Association and Alabama Golf Association State Amateur Match Play. Currently ranked fourth in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, Kizzire has signed to play for Auburn in the fall of 2004.
Osborne, a senior at Wichita Falls High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, was a second-team Polo Golf Junior All-American and was ranked No. 15 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings in 2003. A 2003 Canon Cup participant, Osborne was all-district and all-region his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons and has already earned all-district honors in 2004. The Texas 4A State Individual Champion last season, Osborne has signed to compete at Arkansas.
A native of Cerritos, Calif., Sapp was the two-time MVP of his Gahr High School team. He was the SCPGA Player of the Year in 2003 when he won the Ralph Miller Medal for most points. He was named to the 2003 All-Southern California Team when he was the CIF Boys Champion. Sapp will compete at California-Irvine in the fall.
"It?s a great honor to be selected by my peers to coach the World Junior Cup team and represent the United States," said Ketcham. "The four young men selected to represent the U.S. have excelled at both the state and national level. What excites me about this team is its chemistry. These are not just great players, but good young men from good families."
The Toyota World Junior Cup will be entering its 13th year. The United States has won five team titles at the event, its last coming in 2000. U.S. medalists include David Gossett, Joel Kribel, Sal Spallone, Justin Roof and Hunter Mahan.
To be eligible for the competition a junior golfer must be an incoming college freshman that has signed a letter of intent to compete collegiatelly and not reached his 19th birthday by date of the World Junior Cup. For the first 12 years of the event, Team USA was selected and administered by the Junior Orange Bowl Committee (JOBC). Beginning with the 2004 competition, the JOBC has joined forces with the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) in the selection, and administration and promotion of Team USA.