Junior Golfers To Compete In
USA-China Youth Team Match
First Match Between China,
USA Junior Golfers
July 14, 2008
Far Hills, N.J. - Eight United States junior golfers will
compete July 23-25 in the first China - USA Youth Team Golf
Championship in Langfang City, China.
The match, a precursor to the Olympic Games, is being
conducted by several golf organizations, including the
United States Golf Association (USGA) and the China Golf
Association. The organizing committee includes the Golf
Association of Hebei Province in China and was approved by
the Small Ball Sports Management Centre of China's State
Sports General Administration.
This is the first such match between junior golfers from
the USA and China.
The eight youths on the USA team are all from California
and range in age from 12 to 18. They are: Rico Hoey III of
Rancho Cucamonga, Steven Kearney of La Costa Canyon, Mathew
Miller of Pleasanton, Grant Rappleye of Elk Grove, Sydney
Burlison of Salinas, Bonnie Hu of Fremont, Jennifer Johnson
of La Quinta and Rachel Morris of Carlsbad.
USGA Secretary Emily (Missy) Crisp is captain of the USA
team. Randolph Ford of Boston, Mass., is assistant
"This is a cultural exchange with golf as a common
bond," Crisp said. "China wishes to become more
knowledgeable about golf and golf for juniors. The emphasis
is very much on serving as good ambassadors for the United
States and the United States Golf Association. This is a
wonderful educational opportunity for the youngsters to
travel to and experience a foreign country."
The competitive format is similar to other international
amateur competitions, such as the Curtis Cup Match. The
first day of play will be 18-hole foursomes matches,
followed by 18-hole four-ball matches on the second day and
18-hole singles matches the final day. Each team member
will participate in each day of matches.
The official competition will be preceded by informal
play with supporters and officers of the associated
organizations on July 21 and 22 while July 26 and 27 have
been set aside for sightseeing by the USA team members.
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