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Top Regional & National Young Golfers Set for John D. Mineck DBC Junior Cup
The country's best young golfers will face off as Team New England takes on Team USA in the 2012 John D. Mineck DBC Junior Cup September 1 and 2 at Boston Golf Club in Hingham, Mass. Held in conjunction with the PGA Tour's Deutsche Bank Championship, the tournament showcases 40 young golfers, ages 11-18, competing in 20 four-player, best-ball matches.
The John D. Mineck DBC Junior Cup, named for its co-founder - a long-time supporter of junior golf and a co-founder of Boston Golf Club who passed away in 2007 - is one of two junior golf tournaments sponsored by the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The junior event has been a staple of championship week for Deutsche Bank, which received Golf Digest's 2011 Junior Development Award, in part, due to its commitment to youth golf programs and the John D. Mineck DBC Junior Cup.
Team New England's 20-player roster includes Nick Rodriguez (Shrewsbury, Mass.), winner of 2011's Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out - an annual AJGA event in Plymouth, Mass. - as well as Ben Balter (Wayland, Mass.), who finished runner-up. Also playing for New England is U.S. Junior Shoot Out runner-up Chelso Barrett (Keene, NH) and Megan Khang (Rockland, Mass.), who teamed up with PGA Tour professional Camilo Villegas and three other juniors to win the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship Pro-Am. Team New England's roster is comprised of eight golfers from Massachusetts, eight from Connecticut, two from New Hampshire and two from Rhode Island. Dave Adamonis Jr. is the captain of Team New England.
Golfers representing Team USA include Cameron Andrade (Atlanta, Ga.), son of PGA Tour pro Billy Andrade, and Zack Herr (New Hope, Pa.), who, at 14, started the "Zach Attacks Cancer" charitable foundation after his mother was diagnosed with cancer (and has raised almost $100,000 since). Steve Feinstein (Providence, R.I.) will captain Team USA.
This is the fifth consecutive year that the John D. Mineck DBC Junior Cup will feature a Team New England vs. Team USA theme in a Ryder Cup format. Team USA will be looking for a comeback this year; last year, Team New England defeated Team USA, 63-17, for its third consecutive victory. Team USA won in 2008, when the event's present format was introduced.
The Junior Cup will tee off with registration and practice rounds on Friday, August 31. Competition rounds will take place the next two days; Sunday's final rounds will be followed by an awards ceremony for the winning team. The boys will play from the back tees, while the girls will play from a combination of tee locations.
The awards ceremony will include the presentation of the DBC Junior Cup, as well as the presentation of the John D. Mineck Sportsmanship Award and John D. Mineck Foundation Scholarship Award. The winning team will also receive recognition during the Deutsche Bank Championship Sunday Celebration barbecue at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass.
For the full field and updated scoring, visit http://www.deutschebankchampionship.com/club/scripts/library/view_document.asp?GRP=13883&NS=CI&APP=80&DN=JDMJUNIORCUP.