The 14th-annual World Championship will be played Aug. 1-3 in Pinehurst, N.C. Nine of the best courses in Pinehurst will host more than 1,300 players, ages 5-12, from 46 states and more than 40 countries.
Boys 12…Pinehurst No. 8
Boys 10…Little River
Boys 9…Pinehurst No. 1
Boys 8…Pine Needles (Front)
Boys 7…Pine Needles (Back)
Boys 6 & Under…Midland CC
Girls 12…Pinehurst No. 3
Girls 11…Southern Pines GC
Girls 9…Longleaf (Back)
Girls 8…Pine Needles (Back)
Girls 7 & Under…Midland CC
Five World Champions from 2012 have returned to Pinehurst with their sights set on another crown. Fresh off a win in Boys 8 at the European Championship, Allan Kournikova (Palm Beach, Fla.) will look to win a World Championship for the third consecutive year. Rafe Cochran (New York City) finished second to Kournikova in Europe and will be a challenger in Boys 8 as well.
The credentials for Michael Thorbjornsen (Wellesley, Mass.) not only includes a Boys 10 World Championship in 2012, but also U.S. Kids Golf National Player of the Year accolades. He earned Player of the Year honors on both the Hartford Local Tour and Boston Local Tour, which paved the way to his National Player of the Year award. In 2013, he will compete in the Boys 11 division on Talamore.
Daniel Zou (Katy, Texas) posted a 7-under-par total to win Boys 6 & Under in 2012 and he’ll look to repeat his feat in Boys 7 this year. In 2012, Jackson Rivera (Rossmoor, Calif.) won Boys 9 and Jeeva Sihota (Victoria, Canada) won Boys 8, and both players have returned with their eyes set on the trophies in Boys 10 and Boys 9, respectively.
Zach Adams (Rock Hill, S.C.) is another player to watch in Boys 9. Adams made national headlines in June when he carded a 58 at Patriots Point Links in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
The Girls 12 field will include Yujeong Son (Norman, Okla.), the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf National Player of the Year. Son won the Oklahoma State Girls Junior Championship in 2011 and 2012 and the South Central PGA Junior Championship 2011, and in 2013 she competed in the Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.
Mimi Chen (Longwood, Fla.) won Girls 9 with a 5-under-par total in 2012, and this year she will compete for the Girls 10 World Championship. She will be challenged by Ffion Tynan (Cardiff, United Kingdom), who won Girls 10 by six strokes at the 2013 European Championship.
Alexa Pano (Lake Worth, Fla.) is the two-time defending champion in her age group, as she won Girls 7 & Under in both 2011 and 2012. This year, she moves into Girls 8 in hopes of claiming a third World Championship.
World Cup – 2012 Recap
In 2012, the Americans claimed the first three points of the competition en route to a 5.5 – 2.5 victory. Brian Terlesky of Ohio and Alberto Martinez of Florida carded a 6-under-par 66 and claimed the winning point in the sixth match. Team USA has claimed victory at the World Cup each year since the event began in 2006.
From the 12-year-old age groups, the top 10 boys and top 6 girls from the United States will play against their International counterparts in a team best ball stroke play event on Pinehurst No. 2. In each of the eight matches, the team with the lowest score after 18 holes will win one point for his/her team. If the competition ends in a tie, a playoff will determine the winner.
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications