Three players have been selected to represent the USA in the 2016 World Junior Girls Championship, to be contested Sept. 25-30 at Mississaugua Golf and Country Club in Mississaugua, Ontario, Canada.
The trio is Jennifer Chang, 16, of Cary, N.C.; Mika Liu, 17, of Beverly Hills, Calif.; and Elizabeth Wang, 16, of San Marino, Calif.
The World Junior Girls Championship is conducted by Golf Canada, the country’s governing body for golf. The 72-hole, stroke-play competition includes three-player teams from 15 countries that compete for team and individual honors, with two of the three scores counting toward the team score each day. The team from the Republic of Korea, led by individual champion Hye-Jin Choi, won the 2015 championship, a year after the USA claimed the inaugural title. Liu was a member of the winning 2014 team, and was also the individual champion.
Chang was a semifinalist in the 2016 North & South Women’s Amateur Championship. She finished fifth in the 2016 Rolex Girls Junior Championship, 11th in the 2016 Rolex Tournament of Champions and tied for 12th in the 2016 Junior PGA Championship. In 2015, Chang finished second in the AJGA Girls Championship. She is No. 185 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR).
Liu won the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship with partner Rinko Mitsunaga, and was a member of the USA Team at the 2016 Curtis Cup Match in Ireland. Liu won the 2016 South Atlantic Ladies Amateur (the Sally), the 2015 Thunderbird International Junior, the 2014 Women’s Southern Amateur and the 2014 Women’s Western Amateur, and she notched runner-up finishes in the 2015 Ione D. Jones/Doherty Amateur, the 2015 Women’s Eastern Amateur and the 2015 Rolex Tournament of Champions. Liu qualified for the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open, where she missed the cut by two strokes, and is No. 21 in the WAGR.
The putt that earned Mika Liu and Rinko Mitsunaga the title of U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Champion. http://t.co/AQCvsJuHj3— USGA (@USGA) May 14, 2015
Wang represented the USA in the 2015 World Junior Girls Championship at The Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa, where she tied for 12th in the individual competition. She won the 2015 Junior PGA Championship, was co-runner-up in the 2016 Annika Invitational and tied for sixth in the 2016 Rolex Girls Junior. Wang, who is No. 209 in the WAGR, tied for 31st in the LPGA Tour’s 2016 ShopRite LPGA Classic after receiving a sponsor’s exemption.
Judi Lorenzen, a member of the USGA Women’s Committee, will serve as team captain.