12 of the best from the IJGT set to go up against the Canadian Junior Golf Association in signature Ryder-Cup Format Event
The 2017 IJGT North America Cup Team that retained the Cup at Weston Golf Club in Toronto, Ontario.
Hilton Head, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour is proud to announce the 2018 edition of Team USA that will be representing the IJGT in the 16th North America Cup. Going up against members of the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA), the marquee event has hosted a number of fantastic players over the years, including the likes of PGA Tour Members Rickie Fowler (2003) and Morgan Hoffman (2005).
Dating back to 2003, the IJGT and CJGA have come together each summer for the three-day Match Play event. Fourball matches, foursome matches, and singles matches make up the three competition rounds. The event matches up 12 players from each organization, with 8 players competing in the Boys 15-19 division, 2 boys from the Boys 14 & Under Division and 2 players from the Girls Division. Players selected by the IJGT are members and winners of events over the season, and also selected by their overall character and sportsmanship as they not only represent the IJGT, but the United States of America.
USA currently leads the overall series against Canada, having winning the past two North America Cup events. The 2018 edition of Team USA will be looking for the “three-peat” as Dolphin Head Golf Club will host the international event for the first time in series history. Opening ceremonies will be taking place on July 3rd, as the first round of competition will begin on the Fourth of July
For this year’s 2018 North America Cup, Team IJGT-USA features 12 active IJGT members from 7 different states, and 4 players returning as veterans for the flagship event. The group representing IJGT also brings a great deal experience as a number of players won multiple IJGT events during the season, and each player had a top-three finish throughout the year.
Before the event gets kicked off on July 4th, we wanted to formerly introduce for the very first time, the 2018 edition of Team USA.
The nearby resident of Tybee Island, GA is thrilled to be a part of Team USA for the very first time in his junior golf career after a stellar golf season in 2018. Brewer had a solid campaign over the course of the year, including a strong finish at the Faldo Series Georgia Championship at Savannah Harbor.
Burnett also joins Team USA for the first time, as the native of Owing Mills, MD is stoked about his first international match-play event. Burnett began his impressive campaign with a Top-10 finish at the Philly Open at Radley Run CC, followed by some success this Spring both at White Manor and Hershey CC in Faldo Series Qualifying events.
The standout of Saratoga Springs, NY is making his way to the Lowcountry of Hilton Head for the flagship event and is ready to make his mark in his first appearance on Team USA. Cavotta had a solid golf season with IJGT, with two, top-five finishes coming at Savannah Harbor and Architects. Cavotta has also already punched his ticket to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final later on this year at Bella Collina.
After a phenomenal junior golf career, Leo Hernandez will cap it off as a member of Team USA for the first time. Hernandez found himself at the top of the leaderboard consistently in IJGT events, with his best finish coming in a third-place performance at the host site of NA Cup 2018, Dolphin Head Golf Club. The resident of nearby Bluffton, SC has already committed to play college golf at Newberry College later this fall.
The first veteran of NA Cup in our team preview is making his way back into the marquee event for the fourth time in his junior golf career. Ordona, of Upland, CA is an outstanding young player that brings a great deal of experience into this year’s NA Cup. Ordona says his favorite memory of the match play event is being apart of two Team USA victories in 2016 and 2017, and looks forward in going against Team Canada again in 2018!
Another first-time member of the North America Cup team, Palm is ready to showcase his talents in the 16th annual North America Cup. Hailing from Orlando, FL, Palm is riding quite the wave from his recent successes in the Spring season with IJGT. Palm had consecutive top-five finishes both at Eagle Creek and then at Falcons Fire, before capping off the year with a 3rd place finish at the annual Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.
Making his third-consecutive NA Cup appearance, the local star from Hilton Head is ready to once again look for success in the match play event against the CJGA. Phillips brings not only a veteran presence to this year’s group, but some strong play recently both in state and IJGT events. Phillips had a number of great finishes throughout the season, but his most impressive being his win at the Central Florida Classic at Lake Buena Vista.
The final member that will be competing in the Boys 15-19 division, Weisman is making his second-consecutive appearance in the North America Cup. Weisman, of Malvern, PA, made a big splash in his first appearance in NA Cup 2017, as he sunk a 30-foot Birdie putt on the 18th hole during the opening round of competition giving he and his playing partner the match point. Weisman brings a great deal of match play experience and accomplishments from the 2017-2018 season, not only with his first IJGT victory at Philmont CC, but also finishing second at the inaugural Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. Weisman also had top-three finishes at Radley Run, White Manor, and then a fourth-place finish recently at Hershey CC.
The first member of our Girls division is making her return to North America Cup after being a apart of last year’s Team USA victory in Toronto. The native of Winter Garden, FL is excited about being back representing the IJGT and USA once again, along with bringing some solid match play experience. Mistry was a part of two coveted points from last year’s victory at NA Cup, as one of the matches ended with her draining a 25-foot Birdie to claim a point for USA. Mistry had a solid season with the IJGT again this season, with some great finishes near the leaderboard including a fourth place finish at Lake Buena Vista.
The other half of the Girls Division team that will be representing the IJGT at NA Cup 2018, Meyers is set to make her first appearance this week at Dolphin Head. The resident of Wexford, PA, Meyers is the sister of past Team USA member Jimmy Meyers who was a part of the victory in Toronto in 2017. So while Jessica is no stranger to this marquee event, she is ready to make her debut in the match play competition after a solid season with the IJGT. Meyers best finish came at the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions recently, as she finished third in the end of year event at Grand Cypress.
Making his first appearance in North America Cup and one-half of the Boys 14 & Under Division, Blake Kopke is thrilled to take the world stage for the first time at Dolphin Head next week. The nearby resident of Bluffton, SC had strong showing throughout the golf season, particularly at the Legends at Parris Island in the Faldo Series South Carolina Championship. Kopke has improved his game greatly throughout the year and is ready to be a part of Team USA as they look to retain the Cup for a third-straight year.
The last member of Team USA and the other half of the Boys 14 & Under division, Jeep Patrick joins Team USA looking to play a pivotal role in his first match play event. The Hilton Head native is excited for the big opportunity of being recognized by the IJGT and being a member of the North America Cup team, after a stellar golf season.
Opening Ceremonies will kick-off the week at Dolphin Head on Tuesday July 3rd at 10:30 a.m. eastern time. The opening round of competition will then follow on Wednesday, as Fourball matches will be played at Dolphin Head Golf Club.
All ceremonies, and announcement of matches will be broadcasted on the IJGT Facebook and Instagram. For complete coverage of North America Cup 2018, we encourage you to follow along at IJGT.com for daily updates and recaps from each round. You can also follow the live updates on all of IJGT’s social media accounts.