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Californians Noh, Zhang earn first two 2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team slots

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. (July 16, 2018) – Record-setting 2018 Girls Junior PGA Champion Yealimi Noh, of Concord California, and Runner-Up Rose Zhang, of Irvine, California, have clinched the first two slots on the 2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team. The Champion and Runner-Up of both the 43rd Girls Junior PGA Championship and the upcoming 43rd Boys PGA Championship are exempt onto team.

The 11th Junior Ryder Cup will be contested between the U.S. and Europe at Disneyland Paris, Sept. 24-25. The U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team will feature six boys and six girls who are U.S. citizens and members of the high school graduating class of 2019, or younger. The American team is vying for its sixth straight victory in the biennial competition.

Among the Junior Ryder Cup alumni are major champions, PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players including: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Hunter Mahan, Tony Finau, Lexi Thompson, Alison Lee and Brittany Altomare of the United States; and Rory McIllroy, Sergio Garcia, Nicolas Colsaerts, Suzann Pettersen, Emily Pedersen and Carlota Ciganda of Europe.

Noh won the 43rd Girls Junior PGA Championship last week, breaking Zhang's previous year-old Championship record-tying score by four strokes, en route to a 24-under par 264, at Kearney Hills Golf Links in Lexington, Kentucky. Zhang was the 2017 Girls Junior PGA Champion.

There will be a total of 10 boys and girls who qualify as exemptions, as well as two Captain’s picks made by PGA Past President/2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Captain Allen Wronowski, PGA.

The four remaining girls who qualify for the team will be announced on July 23, following the U.S. Girls Junior Championship.

The six boys who will join them on the team will be announced following the conclusion of the Boys Junior PGA Championship on Aug. 3.

2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team

Official Girls Point Standings

(through Girls Junior PGA Championship - as of July 16, 2018)

LastFirstClassHometownPoints
LiLucy2020Redwood Shores, Calif.3495
Zhang*Rose2021Irvine, Calif.2980
HeckRachel2020Memphis, Tenn.2900
Noh*Yealimi2019Concord, Calif.2785
ShepherdErica2019Greenwood, Ind.2620
PanoAlexa2022Lake Worth, Fla.1355
NavarrosaBrianna2020San Diego1290 
SeayBrooke2019Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.1110
MorardMichaela2020Huntsville, Ala.1075
CamposZoe2021Valencia, Calif.1070
EnglemannSadie2020Austin, Texas855

Note: The final girls 2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team points update will follow the U.S. Girls Junior Championship.

*Clinched exempt position on 2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team

2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team

Official Boys Point Standings

(through AJGA Polo Junior Classic - as of July 16, 2018)

LastFirstClassHometownPoints
BhatiaAkshay2020Wake Forest, N.C.2860
CastilloRicky2019Yorba Linda, Calif.1075
ClaycombCanon2020Bowling Green, Ky.1055
PonichCole2019Farmington, Utah735
MollWilliam2019Houston695
WotnoskyGrayson2020Wake Forest, N.C.595
FountainPeter2020Raleigh, N.C.540
MouwWilliam2019Chino, Calif.520
Beber-FrankelJake2020Miami500
ThorbjornsenMichael2020Wellesley, Mass.480

Note: The next boys 2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team points update will be made following the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

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