Blues Stars To Make Mark in Inaugural U.S. Challenge

USGA Media
May 24, 2024

Blues Stars Sam Cascio, Kayun Mudadana, Ella Scaysbrook and Rachel Lee will spearhead a 12-person Australian Junior High Performance squad against a United States Golf Association (USGA) National Junior Team in Ryder Cup-style competition in July.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced the first-of-its-kind competition overnight. The match will be played at SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, on July 2nd and 3rd (Australian Time).

A World Amateur Golf Rankings® (WAGR®)-sanctioned event, the match will feature 12 players representing each nation in a mixed Ryder Cup-style format over three days. The format is as follows:

Tuesday, July 1:  Four-Ball Team Matches (a.m.), Foursomes Team Matches (p.m.)
Wednesday, July 2: Singles Matches (12)

Boys

  • Sam Cascio, 16, New South Wales, Australia
  • Kayun Mudadana, 17, New South Wales, Australia
  • Josiah Edwards, 16, Western Australia, Australia
  • Hamish Farquharson, 16, Victoria, Australia
  • Spencer Harrison, 15, Western Australia, Australia
  • Chase Oberle, 16, Queensland, Australia

Girls

  • Ella Scaysbrook, 18, New South Wales, Australia
  • Rachel Lee, 16, New South Wales, Australia
  • Reagan Denton, 16, South Australia, Australia
  • Sarah Hammett, 17, Queensland, Australia
  • Amelia Harris, 15, Victoria, Australia
  • Shyla Singh, 17, Queensland, Australia

Chris Zambri, head coach of the U.S. National Teams, said the contest, the first of its kind, was an important part of the development of the newly developed U.S. National Development Program.

“This match is another milestone in advancing the vision of the U.S. National Development Program by empowering elite juniors with a chance to play on the international stage,” Zambri said.

“The initiative will allow our athletes to compete and learn from one another in what we hope is the first of many more events to come.”

The U.S. squad for this match comprises the top six male and top six female junior golfers on the U.S. National Junior Team based on their WAGR ranking, while Golf Australia’s High-Performance selection committee selected the Australian side.

“We are delighted to partner with the USGA in this exciting initiative as a first for the U.S. Team,” said Brad James, general manager of High Performance at Golf Australia. “We see this as a tremendous opportunity not only from a competitive standpoint, but as a great chance for the USGA and Golf Australia to share information on high performance.”

Team USA for this match is comprised of the following players:

Boys

  • Blades Brown, 17, of Nashville, Tenn.
  • Phillip Dunham, 16, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
  • HenryGuan, 15, of Irving, Texas
  • Will Hartman, 17, of Marvin, N.C.
  • Tyler Mawhinney, 16, of Fleming Island, Fla.
  • Tyler Watts, 16, of Huntsville, Ala. 

Girls

  • Gianna Clemente, 16, of Estero, Fla.
  • Ryleigh Knaub, 17, of Debary, Fla.
  • Chloe Kovelesky, 17, of Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Nikki Oh, 16, of Torrance, Calif.
  • Scarlett Schremmer 17, of Birmingham, Ala. 
  • Asterisk Talley, 15, of Chowchilla, Calif.

THE VENUE

Located in central Wisconsin and opened in 1982, SentryWorld Golf Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. 

SentryWorld has a rich history of hosting prestigious tournaments, including three USGA championships. Most recently, it was the venue for the 43rd U.S. Senior Open Championship in 2023, where Bernard Langer made history as the oldest U.S. Senior Open champion at age 65 and achieved his 46th Champions Tour victory, surpassing Hale Irwin’s record.

SentryWorld hosted the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in 2019 when Lei (Angelina) Ye became the second USGA champion from China, and it served as the host site of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links in 1986.

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