Aug. 17, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
Two of Stanford's top recruits will be competing in the PING Junior Solheim Cup at the Aurora (Ill.) Country Club as the top-12 junior golfers from the United States and Europe square off in the two-day event, which is patterned after the Solheim Cup.
Future Stanford teammates Kristina Wong of Bradenton, Fla. and Sally Watson of Earlsferry, Scotland will represent the United States and Europe, respectively.
The 12 players on the U.S. team were selected based on a combination of the AJGA's Polo Golf Rankings and the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Girls Rankings as of July 20. This year, Nancy Lopez, a 1987 LPGA Hall of Fame inductee and member of the inaugural 1990 Solheim Cup, will serve as captain. Carin Koch will serve as the captain for team Europe.
Wong, 18, is currently ranked No. 3 in the Polo Golf Rankings and No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. She is a three-time Rolex Junior All-American and a three-time member of the Canon Cup East Team. Wong has 28 top-10 finishes in her junior golf career, including a win at the 2008 SAP Junior Open and a tie for third at the 2009 Thunderbird International Junior.
This marks the second appearance for Watson in the Junior Solheim Cup. She was on the victorious European side that captured the Cup in Sweden two years ago. A native of Earlsferry, Scotland, the 18-year old Watson also participated in the 2008 Curtis Cup for Great Britain and Ireland. Watson also won the prestigious Leadbetter Challenge and Red Tail Golf Open earlier this year.
Play will begin on Tuesday morning with Four-Ball matches with Foursome matches slated for the afternoon. The competition will conclude on Wednesday with Singles matches.
Past PING Junior Solheim Cup U.S. Team members include Paula Creamer (eight-time LPGA Tour champion), Brittany Lincicome (champion at the 2007 Ginn OPEN and 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship) and Morgan Pressel (champion of the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship). Creamer was the first player to make the move from the PING Junior Solheim Cup to The Solheim Cup Team when she helped lead the U.S. to victory in 2005 with a 3-1-1 record.
The inaugural PING Junior Solheim Cup competition was staged at Oak Ridge Country Club in Hopkins, Minn., the days leading up to The Solheim Cup at Interlachen in Edina. The United States, anchored by Jennifer Pandolfi and Amanda Blumenherst, was victorious, 17-7, over the European squad. Both Pandolfi and Blumenherst were undefeated, winning all three matches in which they competed.