2016 champion Agustina Zeballos of Buenos Aires, Argentina, returns to the event to defend her title. The only player to win back-to-back in Thunderbird International Junior history was Yueer Cindy Fend in 2009 and 2010. Zeballos celebrated her 16th birthday at Friday’s Welcome Dinner and tees off No. 10 at 8:05 a.m. with Hailey Jones of Dallas, Texas, and Isabella Fierro of Campeche, Mexico.
Many Junior Presidents Cup International Team hopefuls will make their AJGA debuts at the Thunderbird International Junior. The players below are currently ranked within the top-25 of the Junior Presidents Cup International Standings.
5 - Josh Armstrong, Canberra, Australia
13 - Kshitij Naveed Kaul, Faridabad, India
15 - Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira, Buenos Aires, Argentina
17 - Agustin Errázuriz of Santiago, Chile
On the girls side, Amanda Linnér of Onsala, Sweden, and Line Toft Hansen of Gilleleje, Denmark, are looking to make the PING Junior Solheim Cup European Team. Linnér made her AJGA debut at the ANNIKA Invitational earlier this year where she set a tournament and course record of 8-under-par 64 to finish T2. Hansen is competing in her first AJGA event.