Mika Liu, Elizabeth Wang, Varun Chopra and JJ Gresco to represent the United States
as Team USA shoots to defend its first Evian Championship Juniors Cup title
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, September 5, 2013 – The LPGA today announced Mika Liu (Beverly Hills, Calif.), Elizabeth Wang (Marino, Calif.), Varun Chopra (Champaign, Ill.) and JJ Gresco (Scottsdale, Ariz.) will represent the United States at the seventh staging of the Evian Championship Juniors Cup. The event, which was first played in 2007, will be held September 17-18 at The Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France, site of the LPGA Tour’s fifth major, The Evian Championship.
Evian will host the two-day event, which will immediately follow The Evian Championship, and showcase the top international talent of junior golfers from 16 nations worldwide. Other countries represented in the competition include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland. Teams will be made up of two male and two female players born in or after 1999 and the competition will be decided by stroke play over two 18-hole rounds.
Last year, the United States claimed their first Evian Championship Juniors Cup title and saw strong performances from Mika Liu and Sierra Brooks, who finished first and second respectively in the final girls’ individual rankings. The Americans recorded a team-winning score of 436, finishing five shots ahead of Spain while France finished third.
Players must be nominated by a golf organization within the participating country. Juniors joining the U.S. team were nominated based on their AJGA Polo Rankings. Each country’s team will be led by one coach and one captain. Former LPGA Tour player and current Sr. Vice President of Tour Operations Heather Daly-Donofrio will coach the American squad while Tour Operations Coordinator Brooke Wininger will captain.
Notable Evian Championship Juniors Cup alumni include Golfweek’s No. 1 ranked amateur and Clemson University freshman Ashlan Ramsey, 2013 John Deere Classic (PGA Tour) champion and 2013 U.S. President’s Cup Team member Jordan Spieth and two-time First-Team AJGA All-American Brad Dalke.