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Utah Team Set for Girls Junior Americas Cup in Albuquerque
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (July 24, 2013) – The top four junior golfers from Utah will be teeing it up next week in the 36th Annual Girls Junior America’s Cup. The elite junior championship includes representatives and teams from 18 different golf associations and PGA Sections throughout the western parts of Canada, Mexico, and the United States facing off in team competition.
The 2013 edition of the Girls JAC will be held July 30 – August 1, 2013 at the Championship Golf Club at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., hosted by the Sun Country PGA and the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association.
The Championship is a team competition featuring four-person teams facing off in stroke-play competitions while representing their Association or Section. In years past, the Cup has seen names like Lorena Ochoa and Pat Hurst while becoming a hot-spot for college golf coaches to do their summer recruiting.
The 2013 Utah Team features:
Kerstin Fotu, Highland, Utah
Katie Perkins, St. George, Utah
Madi Rooker, Sandy, Utah
Jessica Sloot, Fruit Heights, Utah
Jeff Thurman – Captain
The Girls JAC is a 54-hole competition with teams counting three scores and throwing out the team’s highest score. The event also includes a practice round, opening and closing ceremonies, a tournament banquet and a social event. Being chosen to represent your state/country to play in the Girls Junior America’s Cup is one of the highest honors in girls’ junior golf.
The Girls Junior America’s Cup was established in 1978 under the leadership of Joan Teats and the first tournament was conducted at Tumwater Valley Golf Course in Olympia, Wash. 11 teams participated that first year including Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, Idaho, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, San Diego, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Washington. In the second year, teams from Colorado, Mexico, Montana and Utah jumped on board. Later, in 1985, Hawaii became a member of the championship along with the Sun Country (New Mexico & West Texas) in 1990. Finally, Wyoming completed the 18-team event in 1991. Each team consists of the top four girls from each State/Country. These golfers exemplify outstanding skill and experience, true sportsmanship, discipline, courtesy and strength of character.
2013 Schedule of Events:
Sunday, July 28 Team Arrival
Monday, July 29 Practice Round, Opening Ceremonies
Tuesday, July 30 First Round
Wednesday, July 31 Second Round
Thursday, August 1 Final Round