Madeleine Laux, Kendall Todd, Sydney Bryan and Maya Benita to take on international field
The 2019 Girls Junior America’s Cup kicks off July 28-August 1 with team Arizona set to compete at Bear Creek Golf Club, Murietta, California against an elite international field of teams representing British Columbia, Canadian Jr Golf Association, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Mexico, Montana, New Mexico, Northern California, Southern California, Northern Nevada, Southern Nevada, Oregon, San Diego, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Goodyear’s Madeleine Laux and Kendall Todd, Sydney Bryan of Mesa and Maya Benita of Tucson make up the team. The four players were selected by virtue of their status on the JGAA’s Player of the Year points ranking. They will compete in a 54-hole format where their three lowest scores will determine the team score. All players also compete for the individual medalist honors as well as the Joan Teats Inspirational Award, which honors the best team exhibiting the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, honesty, friendship and respect.
“We look forward to the Girls Junior America’s Cup each year,” said Scott McNevin, Executive Director of the Junior Golf Association of Arizona. “They came in fourth place last year. We’re looking for another strong finish again this year given the fact that all of them have played in the event before.”
Madeleine Laux, Millennium High School student and verbal commit to UNLV, is in first place for the Player of the Year ranking with four wins under her belt, along with nine other top-5 finishes in 18 events played. This marks her third-consecutive appearance on Arizona’s Girls Junior Americas Cup team.
Maya Benita, Catalina Foothills High School standout, has four second-place finishes and nine other top-10 finishes in 14 tournaments played. She sits in fourth place in the JGAA Player of the Year standings.
Kendall Todd recently advanced to the round of 32 at the US Girls’ Junior. She sits in sixth place in the season-long race for JGAA Player of the Year has placed in the top-10 in seven of 10 events including three second-place finishes.
Sydney Bryan tied for the win (playoff ended due to darkness) at the Wigwam Invitational, a PING Junior Masters Series tournament, held in January and then tied for third place in February at another coveted PING Junior Masters Series event: the Raven Invitational. She has three other top-10 finishes in eight tournaments entered.
Visit the Girls Junior America’s Cup website for more information about this event.