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Henderson’s Yana Wilson to Represent U.S. at 2023 Junior Ryder Cup in Rome

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, August 15, 2023 5:42 pm

LAS VEGAS – The United States Junior Ryder Cup Team is gearing up for the highly anticipated 2023 Junior Ryder Cup set to take place in Rome, Italy from September 26-28. Comprising a talented roster of 12 of the nation’s most promising young golfers, this team is poised to compete on the international stage.

Among the standout individuals representing the U.S. team is 16-year-old Yana Wilson, hailing from Henderson. A junior at Nevada Connections Academy, Wilson’s golf prowess has already garnered her numerous accolades. Notably, she clinched the USGA Girls Junior Championship title in 2022. By the age of 15, Wilson had triumphed in over 100 tournaments, an extraordinary feat that includes her becoming the youngest player to secure victory at the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Bell Tournament at just 14 years old.

As the September event draws near, Golf Nazionale will be the stage for the initial two days of foursomes and fourballs on September 26 and 27. Subsequently, the competition will shift to Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, the very site of the 2023 Ryder Cup, on the eve of the Ryder Cup, September 28.

This year’s Junior Ryder Cup boasts an extended duration, spanning three days instead of the usual two. The inclusion of the Ryder Cup venue for the decisive singles matches adds an extra layer of excitement.

The U.S. Team is aiming for their seventh consecutive victory and holds an impressive 7-3-1 all-time record in this biennial competition. The team comprises six boys and six girls, all U.S. citizens and members of the high school graduating class of 2024 or younger. Wilson’s fellow teammates include Gianna Clemente (Estero, Florida) and Miles Russell (Jacksonville Beach, Florida), winners of the 2023 Junior PGA Championship.

Past Junior Ryder Cup participants include golf luminaries like Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Scottie Scheffler, Lexi Thompson, and Rory McIlroy, among others. As young golfers like Yana Wilson carry the legacy forward, the future of golf’s elite is undoubtedly in capable hands.

Credits: Fox 5 Vegas

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