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MN-WI Jr. PGA Cup Matches: Aayushi Sarkar & Austin vanSytzama

June 22, 2016

Each day leading up to the Minnesota-Wisconsin Junior PGA Cup Matches, we will be profiling a girl and boy player from the Minnesota Team.

The 2016 Minnesota-Wisconsin Junior PGA Cup Matches will be played at SentryWorld Golf Course in Stevens Point, WI on June 29-30.

This has been an ongoing tradition between the PGA Sections since 1998 when the first Cup Matches were played. Wisconsin is leading the all-time series, 12-6, heading into this year’s matches.

The event consists of 12 boys and 12 girls from each the Minnesota and Wisconsin Sections that represent their Section in a Ryder Cup team-type event.

The formats used for the two-day event are four-ball matches the first day followed by singles matches on the second day. One point is awarded to the team who wins a match outright and a half point for both teams when there is a tie.

Today’s two profiles for Team Minnesota are Aayushi Sarkar and Austin vanSytzama.

Aayushi Sarkar

Aayushi Sarkar:
Woodbury, MN
Class of 2020
First Appearance in MN-WI Cup Matches
How She Qualified: 2015 Warrior Cup Runner-Up in 13-15 Age Division

Who is your favorite Professional Golfer and why?
My favorite golfer would be Jordan Spieth. He is my favorite golfer because he shows you that if you have one bad round, it shouldn’t stop you from doing what you love. You have more than enough resilience to make a comeback.

What has been your most memorable moment in your golf career?
My most memorable moment would be when I won the Regional for the Drive, Chip and Putt. I loved the experience of going to Augusta National and getting to meet all the professional golfers.

What are you most excited for with Ryder Cup coming to Minnesota?
I am so excited for the Ryder Cup because I get to meet all the professionals. I get to go during the practice rounds and see how much they work hard to get to where they are.

 

Austin vanSytzama

Austin vanSytzama:
Delano, MN
Class of 2016
First Appearance in MN-WI Cup Matches
How He Qualified: 2015 Minnesota Junior PGA Championship Overall Champion

Who is your favorite Professional Golfer and why?
My favorite professional golfer is Adam Scott. I idolize him due to his great composure on the course and his perfect swing. He always seems to be a gentleman and a good guy on and off the course.

What has been your most memorable moment in your golf career?
My most memorable golf memory is signing to play collegiate golf at Winona State University. I may not have been on the course that day of the signing, but all the work I did on the course led to that moment. All my hard work paid off and my dream came true.

What are you most excited for with Ryder Cup coming to Minnesota?
For the Ryder Cup to come to Minnesota is huge. The state loves its golf and everyone will be able to watch how the professionals handle Hazeltine; it will be fun to see how the players play in the cold fall of the Midwest.

Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association
The mission of the Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association is to provide playing opportunities for the advanced, intermediate and beginning golfer, ages 8-19. These playing opportunities will promote competition and camaraderie. The Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association is sponsored by the Minnesota Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, Inc., a non-profit corporation chartered in the state of Minnesota.

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