Top junior golfers from the United States to face off against European counterparts

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The American Junior Golf Association has announced the 12 junior golfers that will make up the 2009 PING Junior Solheim Cup U.S. Team.

The PING Junior Solheim Cup, patterned after The Solheim Cup, features the top-12 girls from the United States against those from Europe. The 2009 event will be played at Aurora Country Club in Aurora, Ill., Aug. 17-19, the days leading up to The Solheim Cup. The Solheim Cup will be played Aug. 17-23 at nearby Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. The only girls' team event of its kind at the junior level, the PING Junior Solheim Cup is a PING tournament managed by the AJGA.

The 12 players on the U.S. team were selected based on a combination of the AJGA's Polo Golf Rankings and the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Girls Rankings as of July 20. This year, Nancy Lopez, a 1987 LPGA Hall of Fame inductee and member of the inaugural 1990 Solheim Cup, will serve as captain.

Seven members of the PING Junior Solheim Cup U.S. Team are from the West Coast, including six from California: Ani Gulugian of Irvine, Jennifer Johnson of La Quinta, Alison Lee of Valencia, Tiffany Lua of Rowland Heights, Kristen Park of Buena Park, and Jane Rah of Torrance. Arizona native Alexandra Stewart of Peoria completes the West Coast contingent.