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MN-WI Jr. PGA Cup Matches: Andrew Israelson & Megan Welch

June 24, 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 Megan Welch and Andrew Israelson.

Megan Welch

Megan Welch:
Lakeville, MN
Class of 2018
Four Appearances in MN-WI Cup Matches
How She Qualified: 2015 Players’ Tour Tournament of Champions Winner, 2015 Minnesota Section Junior PGA Championship 13-15 Age Division Winner, 2015 Players’ Tour Player of the Year Runner-Up

Who is your favorite Professional Golfer and why?
My favorite professional golfer is Paula Creamer because she has inspired me to never give up and to strive to be my best ever since I was 5 or 6.

What has been your most memorable moment in your golf career?
One of the most memorable moments of my golfing career would probably be qualifying for the Optimist and having the chance to play PGA National in Florida. It was a beautiful course and I met a lot of people from all over the world!

What are you most excited for with Ryder Cup coming to Minnesota?
I was fortunate enough to play Hazeltine this spring, so it will be really cool to watch the professionals play the course and recognizing the holes from when I played there.

 

Andrew Israelson

Andrew Israelson:
Staples, MN
Class of 2016
Second Appearance in MN-WI Cup Matches
How He Qualified: 2014 Class AA State Champion

Who is your favorite Professional Golfer and why?
Matt Kuchar, because he has the greatest attitude and always is looking up.

What has been your most memorable moment in your golf career?
My favorite memory is winning the State High School team championship in 2013.

What are you most excited for with Ryder Cup coming to Minnesota?
Just being able to be a part of it.

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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