Junior Tour Alum Michael Thorbjornsen in Early Contention for Spot on Junior Ryder Cup Team
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. (June 6, 2018) – On Monday, The PGA of America announced the updated standings for the 2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team. Among the 14 boys and 14 girls included in the current standings, one of them is Wellesley, Massachusetts native and Junior Tour alumnus Michael Thorbjornsen, who currently ranks 11th with 320 points.
Thorbjornsen is a rising junior at IMG Academy in Florida, and the 16 year-old has already received national attention for his accolades – including winning the 2017 Massachusetts Open at TGC at Sacconnesset, as well as the National Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club in 2015. He participated on the New England PGA Junior Tour as a member in 2011 and 2012, and currently ranks 173rd in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
The boys standings will be updated again following the conclusion of the Haas Family Wyndham Invitational at the end of June, and the team participants will be announced after the Junior PGA Championship on August 3rd.
The United States team will be looking to capture the Junior Ryder Cup over Team Europe for a sixth straight time, and the competition will take place on Sept. 24-25 at Disneyland Paris.
Jr. Tour Alumni Taking the Next Step
Former members of the Jr. Tour head to the 2018 New England Open
The New England PGA will be hosting its 43rd annual New England Open at the Quechee Club in Quechee, VT on June 5th and 6th.
The field of 84 will begin round one at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5th. The field consists of 66 PGA Professionals and 18 Amateurs, some traveling in from Texas, Florida, and Quebec.
The 2017 New England Open was scheduled to be at the Quechee Club but was cancelled due to inclement weather. The Quechee Club first hosted the New England Open in 1980 and will welcome the Open for the 22nd time this year. The 36 holes of Championship golf will be played at the Highland Course. This par-72 track plays over 6,765 yards from the back tees and has a slope rating of 134.
Jeff Curl, PGA of Birmingham, AL captured the 2016 title with a 10-under par (134) surpassing both Matt Hutchins, (a) of Naples, FL and Rich Berberian, PGA of Hookset, NH by 3 strokes. Curl showed consistency firing a 5-under par 67 both days. Hutchins and Berberian showed fight in round 2, Hutchins birdied the par-5 18th and Berberian carded an eagle-3 of the par-5 15th. Curl finished day one at the top of the leaderboard and never looked back, matching his 5-under par 67 on day two.