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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)

Last First Class Hometown Points
Li Lucy 2020 Redwood Shores, Calif. 3495
Zhang* Rose 2021 Irvine, Calif. 2980
Heck Rachel 2020 Memphis, Tenn. 2900
Noh* Yealimi 2019 Concord, Calif. 2785
Shepherd Erica 2019 Greenwood, Ind. 2620
Pano Alexa 2022 Lake Worth, Fla. 1355
Navarrosa Brianna 2020 San Diego 1290 
Seay Brooke 2019 Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 1110
Morard Michaela 2020 Huntsville, Ala. 1075
Campos Zoe 2021 Valencia, Calif. 1070
Englemann Sadie 2020 Austin, Texas 855

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)

Last First Class Hometown Points
Bhatia Akshay 2020 Wake Forest, N.C. 2860
Castillo Ricky 2019 Yorba Linda, Calif. 1075
Claycomb Canon 2020 Bowling Green, Ky. 1055
Ponich Cole 2019 Farmington, Utah 735
Moll William 2019 Houston 695
Wotnosky Grayson 2020 Wake Forest, N.C. 595
Fountain Peter 2020 Raleigh, N.C. 540
Mouw William 2019 Chino, Calif. 520
Beber-Frankel Jake 2020 Miami 500
Thorbjornsen Michael 2020 Wellesley, 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.