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U.S. NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEAM
USGA Unveils First-Ever U.S. National Junior Team March 26, 2024 | Liberty Corner, N.J. By Joey Geske, USGA

The USGA has announced the establishment of the inaugural U.S. National Junior Team, the newest milestone for the U.S. National Development Program, which launched last year to ensure that American golf is the global leader in the game by focusing on six key pillars: talent identification, access to competition, national teams, athlete resources, player development and relations and athlete financial support. The program’s elite juniors represent the first of three national teams to be formed with the Amateur Team to be announced in 2025 followed by a Young Professional Team in 2026.

Composed initially of 10 girls and eight boys, the 18-player roster represents the country’s elite junior golf talent who will embark on a unified pathway designed to nurture the potential of America’s top players. The USGA plans to grow the National Junior Team to 30 boys and 30 girls over the next three years.

“We are thrilled to introduce the first U.S. National Junior Team, a group of 18 exceptionally talented young athletes who represent the bright future of American golf,” said Chris Zambri, head coach of the U.S. National Development Program. “Nearly every other golf country in the world has long enjoyed the benefits of a developmental program and national teams, and the announcement of this team is a major milestone in the USGA’s commitment to the growth of our American athletes and ensuring we remain the global leader in the junior, amateur and professional game.”

U.S. National Junior Team Roster

BOYS     GIRLS    
NAME AGE HOMETOWN NAME AGE HOMETOWN
Blades Brown 16 Nashville, Tenn. Shyla Brown 15 McKinney, Texas
Phillip Dunham 16 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Gianna Clemente 16 Estero, Fla.
Henry Guan 15 Irving, Texas Mia Hammond 16 New Albany, Ohio
Will Hartman 17 Marvin, N.C. Ryleigh Knaub 17 Debary, Fla.
Tyler Mawhinney 16 Fleming Island, Fla. Chloe Kovelesky 17 Boca Raton, Fla.
Michael Riebe 17 Encinitas, Calif. Nikki Oh 16 Torrance, Calif.
Miles Russell 15 Jacksonville, Fla. Emerie Schartz 16 Wichita, Kan.
Tyler Watts 16 Huntsville, Ala. Scarlett Schremmer 17 Birmingham, Ala.
      Asterisk Talley 15 Chowchilla, Calif.
      Angela Zhang 14 Bellevue, Wash.

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The U.S. Junior Team roster is compiled and reevaluated annually by a selection committee of U.S. National Development Program (USNDP) staff members. Selections are made in accordance with eligibility criteria and based on a variety of competitive factors including scoring, results, statistics, rankings, sportsmanship and scouting.

Throughout the 2024 season, the 18 players will participate at bi-annual camps and compete internationally under the U.S. flag. The team’s first training camp will be held May 8-11 at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga., and the first international friendly match will take place this summer against Australia. Members of the U.S. National Junior Team will receive year-round support, including world-class coaching and analysis, sports psychology and nutritional guidance. USNDP staff will collaborate with players’ home coaches and support teams to ensure they have the resources necessary to develop the physical, mental and life skills to reach their potential.

Earlier this year, the USGA opened applications for the USNDP Grant Program, which will assist talented golfers and their families with the financial resources needed to pursue a competitive path in the game. All 2024 grants will be awarded in the coming weeks. The U.S. National Development Program and its grant program is supported by philanthropic giving and secured resources to fulfill the USGA’s commitment to providing pathways to elite levels of the game, regardless of financial considerations. For more information, visit usga.org/give_usndp.

In January, the USGA announced that it had created a state team pilot program that expands the pipeline for elite junior golfers into the U.S. National Development Program. Through close collaboration between the USGA, its Allied Golf Associations, the PGA of America and relevant state junior programs, seven states joined the initial phase with the goal of all 50 states having a team by 2033. In February, it was announced that Ally would become a founding partner of the USNDP.