Quick Facts: 2013 World Championship

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.

First-round tee times
Past champions
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Course Assignments
Boys 12…Pinehurst No. 8
Boys 11…Talamore
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 10…Longleaf
Girls 9…Longleaf (Back)
Girls 8…Pine Needles (Back)
Girls 7 & Under…Midland CC

Boys Preview
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.

Girls Preview
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.

Countries represented
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


Team USA retains Teen World Cup, 7-2


Complete Results

For the second year in a row, the International Team and the United States team were tied 2-2 with five matches remaining in the Teen World Cup. And for the second year in a row, the Americans were victorious in each of the last five matches on Pinehurst No. 2 and claimed the Cup by a score of 7-2.

In each age group, the top four boys and top two girls from the United States played against their International counterparts in the Teen World Cup on Pinehurst No. 2. In the nine team best ball stroke play matches, the team with the lowest score after 18 holes won one point for his/her team.

The competition opened with a pair of one-stroke matches, as the International’s Frederik Sejr (Denmark) and Ryan Monsalve (Philippines) won the first match, 71-72, while the Americans’ Alyssa Maloureux (Florida) and Veronica Joels (Nevada) won by the same score in Match 2.

Luis Carrera (Mexico) and Alejandro Gutierrez (Mexico) carded a 1-under-par 71 and gave the Internationals a 2-1 advantage, but the momentum was haulted by Team USA’s Andrew Walker (Michigan) and Rj David (Arizona) in Match 4. Walker and David recorded a bogey-free 33 on the back nine en route to the day’s best score, a 5-under-par 67, and a three-stroke victory over Victor Sanchez (Mexico) and Damon Crane (Canada).

From there, Team USA relied on three Teen World Cup veterans to help bring home the victory. Kendall Griffin (Florida), Anna Buchanan (Georgia) and Matthew Ruel (Florida) won their matches for the second year in a row and helped give the United States a 4-1 edge in the all-time series.

Griffin paired with Kennedy Swann (Texas) and shot 72, Buchanan and Chloe Corriveau (California) shot 70, while Ruel and Brandon Vance shot 69 in the anchor match.

The International Team was represented by 10 countries (Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Iceland, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines and the United Kingdom), and the nine International teams combined to shoot 3-over-par.

Team USA was represented by 12 states (Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas) and the nine American teams combined to shoot 18-under-par.

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications

Final-round notes: Teen World Championship

Recaps of Boys 13 and Boys 14 added July 28 at 8:40 a.m. ET.

The U.S. Kids Golf Teen World Championship featured 507 boys and girls, ages 13-18 years old, from 31 countries. Pinehurst Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 8, and National Golf Club hosted the eighth-annual event.

Final-round results
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Boys 15-18 (Pinehurst No. 2)
A pair of back-nine birdies helped David Snyder of McAllen, Texas (pictured) survive a late rally and capture the Boys 15-18 Teen World Championship with a 3-under-par 213 total. His final-round 74 on Pinehurst No. 2 was enough to edge Matthew Ruel (Oldsmar, Fla.) by one stroke.

Snyder began the day with a two-stroke advantage over Ruel, and the lead was four strokes as the final group stood on the tee of the par-5 16th. Ruel seemed to have cut the deficit in half after he made eagle, but Snyder answered with a birdie of his own and the lead remained at three strokes with two holes remaining.

A birdie by Ruel and a bogey by Snyder on the par-3 17th created a pivotal two-shot swing, and suddenly Snyder’s lead was down to one.

“The experience from years before, being in that situation, really helped,” said Snyder, who won the 2011 World Championship in Boys 13.

After his drive found the fairway on No. 18, Snyder hit an 8-iron from 156 yards to 10 feet, and a two-putt par secured the victory.

“I hit the shot I’m most comfortable with off the tee and made a smart play from the fairway, and it turned out good,” said Snyder, who will next compete at the Western Amateur in Roland, Ark., July 29 – Aug. 4. “Playing Pinehurst No. 2, you can really feel the history on every hole and it’s great to win here.”

Brandon Vance (Eagleville, Pa.) finished third at even-par, while David Faraudo (Mexico) and Peter Gunawan (Indonesia) tied for fourth at 1-over-par.

The first two rounds in Boys 15-18 were played on Pinehurst No. 4 (6,998 yards, par 72), and the top 72 players and ties qualified to play the final round on Pinehurst No. 2 (7,015 yards, par 72).

Boys 14 (National Golf Club)
Kyle Cornelius (Dotha, Ala.) overcame a two-shot deficit and a 2 hour, 22 minute weather delay en route to the Boys 14 title. His final-round 71 included three birdies and lifted him to a 3-under-par 213 total, which was two shots clear of Jacob Bayer (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Rj David (Tempe, Ariz.).

Boys 13 (Pinehurst No. 8)
Due to storms passing through Pinehurst late Saturday evening, the Boys 13 event was shortened to a 45-hole championship. Alberto Sanchez (Weston, Fla.) grabbed a share of the 36-hole lead after carding a second-round 67, and a bogey-free 34 in the final round gave him a 5-under-par total and a three-shot win. Galven Green (Malaysia) finished second at 2-under-par, while Derek Hitchner (Minneapolis) finished third at 1-under-par.

Girls 15-18 (Pinehurst No. 1)Girls1518Awards
Anna Buchanan (Athens, Ga.) and Chloe Corriveau (Monterey, Calif.) entered the final round tied for the lead, and that’s where they stood as they made the turn Saturday in the final round.

A bogey on No. 10 put Buchanan in a one-stroke deficit, but she rebounded with birdies on Nos. 11, 13 and 14, and she took a two-shot lead that she wouldn’t relinquish. With storms approaching, she birdied the final hole and put an exclamation point on a final-round 70 and a three-shot victory.

Buchanan finished at 3-under-par 213, while Corriveau was runner-up with an even-par 216 total. Carmen Gutierrez Ballon Valdivia (Mexico) finished third at 1-over-par.

Girls 14 (Pinehurst No. 1)
Facing a one-stroke deficit with five holes to play, Kennedy Swann (Austin, Texas) carded birdies on Nos. 14 and 18 en route to a final-round 70 and a victory in Girls 14. Swann’s 1-over-par total was two shots better than Kendall Griffin (Sebring, Fla.), while Grace Massengill (Hickory, N.C.) fired a final-round 71 to improve two spots on the leaderboard and finish third.

Girls 13 (Pinehurst No. 1)VeronicaJoels-G13
Veronica Joels
 of Las Vegas (pictured) led wire-to-wire and capped her 6-under-par performance in Girls 13 with a final-round 68 on Pinehurst No. 1. Birdies on four of her first six holes helped Joels fend off a charging Alyssa Lamoureux (Seminole, Fla.), who carded two eagles and three birdies en route to a final-round 68 and a second-place finish at 3-under-par. Haeley Wotnosky (Wake Forest, N.C.) closed with a 73 on Saturday and finished third at 4-over-par.

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications

Second-round notes: 2013 Teen World Championship

Much was determined Friday, but even more is on the line Saturday during the final round of the Teen World Championship.

In Boys 15-18, the first 36 holes determined the course players will compete on during the final round. The top 72 players and ties earned a game on Pinehurst No. 2, while the remainder of the field will compete on Pinehurst No. 4. This year, 77 players posted 158 or better and will play the final round on Pinehurst No. 2, which will host the U.S. Women’s Open and the U.S. Open in 2014.

In addition to crowning six Teen World Champions on Saturday, 36 players will be named to a Teen World Cup squad. In each age group, the top four boys and top two girls from the United States will play against their International counterparts in a team best ball stroke play event Sunday, July 28, on Pinehurst No. 2. In the nine matches, the team with the lowest score after 18 holes will win one point for his/her team.

Second-round results
Final-round tee times
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Boys 15-18 (Pinehurst No. 4)
Snyder, David-Rd2aA bogey-free 68 has given David Snyder of McAllen, Texas (pictured), a 5-under-par total and a two-stroke lead heading into the final round on Pinehurst No. 2. Snyder is being chased by Matthew Ruel (Oldsmar, Fla.), who is 3-under-par and back into contention after winning Boys 14 a year ago. Philip Mak (Vancouver, British Columbia) made the biggest move of the tournament, as a 6-under-par 66 moved him 25 spots up the leaderboard and into a tie for third. Also tied for third at 2-under-par are Gregory Robarge II (Ventura, Calif.) and Brandon Vance (Eagleville, Pa.).

Boys 14 (National Golf Club)
Rj David (Tempe, Ariz.) tallied four birdies in his second-round 69 and took a two-stroke lead at 4-under-par. Through 36 holes, David has nine birdies and is the only player who has posted two rounds under par. Kyle Cornelius (Dothan, Ala.) held his second-place position after an even-par 72, and he’s joined by Damon Crane (Oakville, Ontario) in a tie for second at 2-under-par.

Boys 13 (Pinehurst No. 8)
Friday was Moving Day in Boys 13, as five of the top-six players carded rounds under par in the second round. Galven Green (Malaysia) held onto the top spot after carding his second under-par round of the tournament (71-70 – 141), but his 3-under-par total has been matched by Alberto Martinez (Weston, Fla.) whose 5-under-par 67 on Saturday was a seven-stroke improvement and moved him into a tie for the lead. Alejandro Gutierrez (Mexico) is third at 2-under-par, while Luke Gifford (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Derek Hitchner (Minneapolis, Minn.) are just two strokes back and tied for fourth at 1-under-par. Luis Carrera (Mexico) made the biggest move of the day, as his 4-under-par 68 moved him 15 spots up the leaderboard and into sixth place at 1-over-par.

Girls 15-18 (Pinehurst No. 1)
Facing a five-shot deficit at the start of Friday’s second round, Anna Buchanan (Athens, Ga.) began chipping away at the deficit with birdies on Nos. 1 and 2. Three more birdies followed in her round of 3-under-par 69, and her 1-under-par 143 total is tied for the lead with first-round leader Chloe Corriveau (Monterey, Calif.). Emily Uhland (Jacksonville, Fla.) will begin Saturday one stroke off the pace after she birdied Nos. 16 and 18 to bring her total to even-par through 36 holes.

Girls 14 (Pinehurst No. 1)
Griffin, Kendall-Rd2dThere was a tie at the top with three holes remaining in the second round, but birdies on Nos. 16 and 18 helped Kendall Griffin of Sebring, Fla. (pictured), take a three-shot lead with an even-par total of 73-71 – 144. Kennedy Swann (Austin, Texas) made consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-13 and is second at 3-over-par, while Hannah Leiner (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and Morgan Baxendale (Windermere, Fla.) are tied for third at 7-over-par. Baxendale earned a spot in Saturday’s final group by virtue of a second-round 70, the best score of the tournament to this point.

Girls 13 (Pinehurst No. 1)
Back-to-back rounds of 71 have given Veronica Joels (Las Vegas) a 2-under-par total and a three-shot cushion through 36 holes. Joels is making her fourth Teen World or World Championship appearance, with her best finish being a T14 showing in Girls 12 last year. Saturday’s final group will be the same as it was in the second round, as Alyssa Lamoureux (Seminole, Fla.) is in second at 1-over-par, and Haeley Wotnosky (Wake Forest, N.C.) is third at 3-over-par.

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications

From first swing to first tournament


There are 507 stories on how the 507 players arrived at the Teen World Championship. Despite the differences, some of the stories are connected by a common theme – that U.S. Kids Golf has been with them from first swing to first tournament.

U.S. Kids Golf clubs were the equipment chosen by Devan Prabhakar of Dallas (Boys 14) when he started playing at age 10. The same goes for Haeley Wotnosky of Wake Forest, N.C. (Girls 13), who began when she was 7. From there, both players found their way to the Forward Tees on Family Courses.

“The Forward Tees were a good distance as I was growing up,” said Wotnosky, whose home course is Devil’s Ridge in Holly Springs, N.C. “It was more fun because when you’re little and can’t hit it as far, it’s discouraging when you can’t (score like) you want.”

In addition to playing on Family Courses, both players said that USKG Certified Instructors helped keep them interested in golf because of the games they played during their lessons.

“Games are important so you don’t have the same routine over and over again,” Prabhakar said. “You have to make what you’re doing interesting in order to get better at it. If you don’t like it, you can’t excel in it.”

And thus Prabhakar and Wotnosky have arrived in Pinehurst. The path may seem overly simplified, but it serves as a demonstration that the path doesn’t need to be complicated.

U.S. Kids Golf wants to help create a passion for the game, and this week should be the goal for all players making their first swing or playing in their first tournament.

“It’s always been the biggest tournament of the summer and I’ve always looked forward to it,” said Wotnosky, who is playing in her sixth World or Teen World Championship. “I would practice all summer for it and I would get here and would be so pumped up.”

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// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications

Quick Facts: 2013 Teen World Championship


Overview: The eighth-annual Teen World Championship will be played July 25-27 in Pinehurst, N.C. Five of the best courses in Pinehurst will host more than 500 players, ages 13-18, from 31 countries.

Boys Preview: Matthew Ruel won Boys 14 last year and is the only 2012 champion returning to Pinehurst. He will try to be just the second boy to claim a World Championship in back-to-back years. Ben Griffin from North Carolina is the only player to accomplish this feat (2010, 2011).

*Revised (7/26/13): Spencer Alexander also returns to Pinehurst seeking a second Teen World Championship after claiming the Boys 13 crown in 2012. Like Ruel, Alexander will look to join Griffin as a back-to-back winner.*

Sweden’s Daniel Palqvuist will be among Ruel’s top competition in Boys 15-18. Palqvuist finished third in the European Championship after carding a 7-over-par total, just two shots shy of the title. Denmark’s Frederik Sejr will also look to build upon his success at the European Championship. Five final-round birdies and an even-par back nine helped Sejr secure the victory with a tournament total of 3-under-par (75-68-70–213).

Girls PreviewThree of the top five from last year’s Girls 13 will return with hopes of taking home the Girls 14 title in 2013. Kendall Griffin and Hailey White finished T3 at 7-over-par, while Kennedy Swann finished fifth at 9-over-par.

In Girls 15-18, four players will compete after posting a top-five finish last year: Addison Mitchell (T2, Girls 14), Gabrielle Coello (T2, Girls 14), Megan Munroe (T4, Girls 14) and Barbora Chlostova (4th, Girls 15-18).

Teen World Cup – 2012 RecapThe United States took a 3-1 series lead by defeating the International squad, 7-2. Max Clift of Canada and Rosswell Radoslaw Sinclair of South Africa recorded a 3-under-par 69 and knotted the score at 2, but the Americans reclaimed the Cup by winning the final five points of the competition. Tyler Moore and Jacob Solomon, both of California, captured the winning point for Team USA by turning in the day’s best score, a 7-under-par 65.

In each age group, the top four boys and top two girls from the United States will play against their International counterparts in the Teen World Cup on Pinehurst No. 2. In the nine team best ball stroke play 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.

Countries RepresentedBelgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecaudor, France, Germany, Guam, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States.

Past Champions:
Spencer Alexander…2012
Ryan Nicole Ashburn…2006
Maria Balcazar…2012
Lucas Gabriel Cabarcos…2009
Branden Collins…2008, 2010
Casey Danielson…2008, 2009
Natalia Forero…2009
Gavin Kyle Green…2008
Benjamin Griffin…2010, 2011
Richard Hattori…2009
Courtney Hooton…2007
Mitchell Klooz…2009
Hendrika Labsch…2010
David Mackey…2012
Sophie Madden…2011
Janet Mao…2010
MJ Maquire…2007
Samantha Marks…2008
Chad Merzbacher…2007
Bobby Monaco…2006
Haley Moore…2012
Tyler Moore…2010
Alheli Moreno…2009
Nicole Quinn…2008
Mark Reilly…2008
Jonathan Renza…2007
Laura Restrepo…2011
Matthew Ruel…2012
Daffodil Sanchez…2006
Yasemin Sari…2010
Monifa Sealy…2007
David Snyder…2011
Korey Ward…2006
Kelly Whaley…2012
Cameron Young…2011
Yin Yuanru…2011

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications

USKG well represented at North and South Am

U.S. Kids Golf will have a strong presence in Pinehurst when the Teen World Championship and World Championship begin later this month, and the USKG influence at Pinehurst appeared a few weeks early at the North and South Amateur (July 1-6).

The four semifinalists – Andrew Dorn (champion), Zachary Bauchou (finalist), Max Greyserman and Grayson Murray – each played USKG events as junior golfers. In all, the four players combined to play in 17 World or Teen World Championships during their USKG careers.

Dorn competed in the 2004 World Championship (18th, Boys 12), while Greyserman finished ninth in Boys 9 (2004) and competed again in 2006 and 2007. Murray made his World Championship debut in 2002 (Boys 8) and then followed with three straight top 10s in 2004-2006.

Bauchou competed in seven World Championships and two Teen World Championships. Five of his nine appearances were when the Championships were held in Pinehurst, and his record includes six top 10s and third-place finishes in 2003 (Boys 7) and 2008 (Boys 12).

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications