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MN-WI Jr. PGA Cup Matches: Kate Smith & Cecil Belisle

June 23, 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 Kate Smith and Cecil Belisle.

Kate Smith

Kate Smith:
Detroit Lakes, MN
Class of 2016
Five Appearances in MN-WI Cup Matches
How She Qualified: 5-Time Class AA State Champion, 2015 Minnesota Junior PGA Championship Overall Runner-Up

Who is your favorite Professional Golfer and why?
Fred couples, he isn’t mechanical and plays with a lot of feel which I respect.

What has been your most memorable moment in your golf career?
Being the youngest girl to win a State Championship by shooting 140 in 2012 as a 13 year-old. I had never shot under par before.

What are you most excited for with Ryder Cup coming to Minnesota?
I’m looking forward to seeing the non-golfers in the state get into a fun and exciting event.

 

Cecil Belisle

Cecil Belisle:
Red Wing, MN
Class of 2019
First Appearance in MN-WI Cup Matches
How He Qualified: 2015 Players’ Tour Series “C” Champion

Who is your favorite Professional Golfer and why?
Jordan Spieth because of how he plays his game and how he works on his game. Also, I admire how mature and kind he is.

What has been your most memorable moment in your golf career?
Playing in the MN State High School tournament twice.

What are you most excited for with Ryder Cup coming to Minnesota?
It is good to see a PGA tour event expand from the South to the North.  I think it will give the USA team an advantage having the home crowd. It will be exciting for the team and players.

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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