Team USA Squad Announcement – North America Cup

The Past

The United States has traveled extremely well to the North America Cup throughout the 17 years of its existence. As the all-time leader in the series over Canada by a score of 11-5, Team USA will look to take back the Cup which was snatched away from them on their home turf of South Carolina in 2018. The Canadians will put up their strongest test for the traveling Americans as they head to TPC Toronto which is renowned as one of the most difficult, and well-respected courses in the area.

In past tournaments, gracing the various host-courses throughout the years for Team USA have been Rickie Fowler (2003) and Morgan Hoffman (2005), both of whom have become incredible professional golfers, kickstarted by their successes in this international junior tournament, and in the promise they showed as talented youngsters.

To this day, the talents levels in the event have kept up to the same standards, as both IJGA and CJGA boast some of the most skilled junior golf players in their respective countries.

Team USA

Headlining Team USA are 2019 Playing Captain Jaden Wiseman (Malvern, PA), 2018 Playing Captain Mikee Ordona (Upland, CA), and IJGA-representing Chase Phillips (Hilton Head Island, SC), all of whom have competed in the event at least three occasions in the past, and will look to continue to make their mark this year up in Canada.

Also among the three aforementioned veteran junior golfers of the tournament, three additional players will be returning to challenge for the Cup for the second consecutive year, namely Chandler Brewer (Tybee Island, GA), Alex Burnett (Owings Mills, MD), and Jeep Patrick (Hilton Head Island, SC).

To round off the rest of this year’s team, there will be six “rookies” competing for Team USA. Joining the Boys U19 division will be two IJGA Bishops Gate students in Matthew Hicks (Delray Beach, FL) and Tyden Wilson (Concord, MA), paired with IJGA South Carolina student Stephen Strasheim (Bluffton, SC). Meanwhile, the Boys U14 Division will be represented Nick Ciocca (Berwyn, PA), while the Girls Division (U19) will be represented by Kayleigh Zeman (Silver Spring, MD), and Teagan Devoe (Dallas, TX).

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In total, both sides will send 12 of their finest players in each division to proudly compete for their home nations of Canada and the United States.

We wish all participants the best of luck in this prestigious tournament and shall be watching closely to see which nation will lift the Cup once this is all said and done.

The North America Cup Heads Back to Canada

The North America Cup – 2019

Location and History

The North America Cup returns for its 17th consecutive year as the United States, represented by the finest players from the IJGT, and Canada, represented by players selected by the CJGA, face-off in this prestigious golf tournament to be held at the renowned TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley, specifically the notorious Heathlands Course, just outside of the city of Toronto. Here, the competitive golf history between these two nations will once again be put to the test as the United States look to reclaim their title as champions of the North America Cup after being dethroned last year on their home soil.

In 2018, the two sides met at the Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina, with Canada emerging victorious over the historically-dominant USA by a score of 13 ½ to 10 ½. As the Cup travels back north of the border this year, the USA squad will hope to retrieve a title which they have predominantly held in the past, as the all-time record between the two nations favors the United States over Canada by a score of 11-5. However, the Canadians will not let go of the coveted Cup with ease.

In 2003 the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) & the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) developed a partnership to enhance the international opportunities for junior golfers in both countries, which has seen a tremendous amount of success in return for both its young players, and for the continuing growth of the junior golf tournament platform.

This year, the tournament will be hosted on July 24th – 26th.

The Selection Process

The North America Cup is unique to both Canada and the USA as it was the first international junior event to take on a Ryder Cup format, generally consisting of a team match-play including a Fourball, Alternate Shot, and Singles Matches. Each match won is equivalent to one point, with all points earned being totaled-up, even in the occurrence of ties. Eight Junior Boys (U19), Two Bantam Boys (U14), and Two Junior Girls (U19) will be selected to represent both countries.

Team USA will be comprised of players selected by the IJGT, primarily who compete throughout the season across the United States and demonstrate world-class abilities both on and off the course. On the other hand, Team Canada will be selected by the CJGA Selection Committee, who will determine the juniors to represent this year’s host nation based on the following stipulations:

“All results from the designated qualifiers are merged into one national field in each age category. Scores will then be adjusted based on the difficulty of weather conditions, course conditions, and course rating. Adjusted scores will then be sorted by the committee, while Juniors not in good standing or with serious code of conduct violations will be removed from the list. Then, the Juniors with the lowest adjusted scores in each category will be selected to represent CJGA Team Canada”.

After undergoing a tough selection process, both countries will be well represented by their top domestic talents in hopes of maintaining their stronghold on the North America Cup.

More to come…

Stay tuned to “IJGT News” over the coming weeks for a background of the magnificent host course for this year’s tournament, as well as for the announcement of the roster who will represent Team USA.

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Testimonials

This is what our members have to say about the IJGT Experience:

 

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“The IJGT is a wonderful tour that has given me the experience to compete at a high level. The IJGT has also given me my first experience of match play at the North America Cup, which helped me learn the match play format.”

May 6, 2016

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“The IJGT has helped me to experience golf in different parts of the country and to push my game to get better with every round. The IJGT staff is outstanding and does everything possible to make your junior tournament experience the best. I want to thank the IJGT for helping me to take my game to the next level where I will play collegiate golf at the University of Hawaii.”

May 6, 2016

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“Hands down, the IJGT is the best junior golf tour, especially in the Northeast. The staff is super friendly, the tournaments professionally run, and the courses are spectacular! Thanks for being the “playground” to help me develop my competitive game for the past 5 years! I am looking forward to competing on the IJGT for the next few years against the best junior golfers from around the world.”

May 6, 2016

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May 6, 2016

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“The IJGT has certainly been a building block and foundation for my junior golf career. It has helped me build character as an individual throughout the many years of participation. The level of competition has also helped me to take my game to the next level. The entire IJGT staff has been a huge benefit to me and because of them I gained a lot of confidence to continue to participate in many other junior golf events. I will always be thankful for the direction that the IJGT has guided me!”

May 6, 2016

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“The IJGT tournament courses are first-class and many are ones that have hosted PGA Tour events. Playing the IJGT has prepared me for competing at the next level. The strength of the fields promotes a great learning environment and lets you know how your game stacks up against the rest. The tournament awards are always something to strive for, whether it is IJGT merit points, AJGA exemptions, or other amateur tournament invitations.”

May 6, 2016

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“Playing on the IJGT has been a great experience for me. The staff is always very helpful and courteous. Competing in IJGT events allowed me to make many new friends. I am impressed on how well the tournaments are organized.”

May 6, 2016