FAR HILLS, N.J. – The United States Golf Association has selected
the three players who will represent the USA at the inaugural World Junior
Girls’ Team Championship, to be held Sept. 26 through Oct. 1, 2014, at Angus
Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario, Canada.
The three players are: Megan Khang, 16, of Rockland, Mass.; Mika
Liu, 15, of Beverly Hills, Calif.; and Angel Yin, 15, of Arcadia, Calif.
“The World Junior Girls’ Team Championship is a wonderful example
of how we can help promote and shape the game of golf for generations to come,”
said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the International
Team Selection Committee. “Megan, Mika and Angel will no doubt serve as fine
representatives of the United States, and we wish them the best as they become
the first USA competitors in this exciting event.”
Khang is a junior at Rockland High School and ranked No. 35 in the
Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™ as of Aug. 20. Khang qualified for the 2012
and 2014 U.S. Women’s Open Championships, and reached the semifinals of the
2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior, where she fell to eventual champion Gabriella Then.
Khang won the 2013 PING Invitational, and was runner-up at the 2014 ANNIKA
Invitational and the 2013 Junior Orange Bowl and Scott Robertson Memorial. She
also won the 2012 and 2013 Connecticut Women’s Open Championships. Earlier this
month, Khang tied for 15th at the Symetra Tour’s New England Charity
Liu is a sophomore at IMG Academy and ranked No. 58 in the WAGR.
Liu had a breakthrough summer in 2014, when she won the 2014 Women’s Western
Amateur and Southern Amateur Championships. In February, Liu tied for fifth at
the Symetra Tour’s Volvik Championship. She posted runner-up finishes at the
2013 Harder Hall Invitational, Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship and Scott
Robertson Memorial. Liu represented the USA at the 2012 and 2013 Evian
Championship Junior Cups.
Yin is a sophomore at Arcadia High School and ranked No. 61 in the
WAGR. In July, Yin was the stroke-play medalist at the U.S. Girls’ Junior
Championship, where her two-day total of 13-under 131 was the second-lowest
36-hole score in both U.S. Girls’ Junior and USGA amateur championship history.
She qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open at age 13, and is a two-time
California Women’s Amateur champion. Yin won the 2013 KNC Champions Junior
Challenge, which secured her spot in the LPGA Tour’s Kraft Nabisco
Championship. She also received an amateur exemption into the championship in
2014. Yin made the cut both years.
Bailey Tardy, 18, of Norcross, Ga., was named as an alternate.
The World Junior Girls’ Team Championship is conducted by Golf
Canada, the country’s governing body for the game of golf. The 72-hole,
stroke-play competition will include three-player teams from 15 countries
competing for team and individual honors. The qualifying field was based on
performance in the 2012 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship. The United
States finished eighth in 2012, while the Republic of Korea fielded the winning