The six boys and six girls who will represent the United States at the Junior Ryder cup were announced Thursday morning by the PGA of America, and three SCGA members highlight the squads. The event will be held Sept. 24-25 at Olympia Fields CC in Illinois.
Beau Hossler, who became a household name with his impressive play at the 2012 U.S. Open, was selected to the team based on his first-place position on the Junior Ryder Cup points list, a list based heavily on premier junior events including USGA Championshops, AJGA invitationals and the Junior PGA Championship. This will be Hossler's first time on the team.
On the girls' side, Alison Lee (pictured) of Valencia, Calif. will return to the team for the second time. Lee, who won the inaugural fresh&easy-Kraft Foods Junior Challenge, an event held earlier this year that was sponsored by the SCGA Foundation and granted Lee a place in the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship, also qualified for the Jr. Ryder Cup through the points system. Lee recently finished as the runner-up at the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, while also competing in the 2012 U.S. Women's Open.
Also making the girls' team is the SCGA's Esther Lee of Los Alamitos, who was granted a spot via one of the four female captain's picks. Lee is currently No. 6 in the Golfweek's Junior Rankings, and also competed with Alison (no relation) earlier this year in the SCGA Foundation Junior Challenge.