Australia Defeated By U.S. National Junior Team

Kassidy Rogan
July 4, 2024

The U.S. National Junior Team has defeated Australia in a friendly, two-day competition at SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

The match, which featured 12-person teams consisting of some of the world’s top junior golfers, was the first of its kind for the newly developed U.S. National Development Program, an initiative started by the USGA in 2023 to foster future generations of American golf talent. 

The tournament between the two nations was played in a Walker Curtis/Solheim/Ryder Cup-style format.

After the Americans took a 9-3 lead on Tuesday after four-ball and foursomes matches, the format changed to singles matches on Wednesday.

Blues Star Rachel Lee also picked up a point for Australia with a 5 and 3 win over Chloe Kovelesky. Lee’s point would prove to be Australia’s last, as the home team would win ten of the 12 singles matches.  

Earlier, Queensland’s Shyla Singh, the 2023 NSW Amateur Champion, secured a win for the visiting team, with a 6 and 4 victory over Ryleigh Knaub, a rising high school senior from Florida.

“It was a lot of fun to compete against the Americans and play at such a great course,” said Singh.

“It’s a great concept that they’ve introduced and gives us a good chance to compare our games with the top golfers of America. It’s been a really great experience and a lot of good memories from it.” 

Blades Brown, of Nashville, played solidly all week, winning each of his matches, inclusive of a 3 and 2 singles win on Wednesday over Kayun Mudadana. 

“It was a really good match,” said Mudadana.

“It was really close until the last three holes. [Blades] is a really good player, and it was good to play with him and against these top players from the U.S.” 

“Playing with some of my best friends and representing my country is a dream come true,” said Brown. 

The Americans then proved too hard to beat, winning all remaining matches. The final score was 19-5.  

“I thought the event was great,” said U.S. Head Coach Chris Zambri.

“The kids competed hard, which was really important to me that they came out here and cared. I really saw that, and I love that. The course was a great test, and we were fortunate to be able to come play here and grateful to our friends from Australia for making the long trip.” 

Singles Matches

Shyla Singh, Australia def. Ryleigh Knaub, USA, 6 & 4
Blades Brown, USA def. Kayun Mudadana, Australia, 3 & 2
Scarlett Schremmer, USA def. Reagan Denton, Australia, 2 & 1
Tyler Mawhinney, USA def. Chase Oberle, Australia, 5 & 4
Nikki Oh, USA def. Amelia Harris, Australia, 3 & 2
Tyler Watts, USA def. Josiah Edwards, Australia, 1 up
Asterisk Talley, USA def. Sarah Hammett, Australia, 5 & 4
Henry Guan, USA def. Hamish Farquharson, Australia, 3 & 2
Rachel Lee, Australia def. Chloe Kovelesky, USA, 5 & 3
Phillip Dunham, USA def. Sam Cascio, Australia, 5 & 4
Gianna Clemente, USA def. Ella Scaysbrook, Australia, 1 up
Will Hartman, USA def. Spencer Harrison, Australia, 3 & 1

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