Times-Union high school player of the year Brandon Mancheno is heading for Japan.

 

Mancheno, an Auburn signee who won the Class 3A state championship last fall, has been selected to the U.S. team for the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup, which will be played June 13-16 at the Chukyo Golf Club Ishino Course, near Nagoya.

Joining Mancheno is Frankie Capan, the Minnesota junior golfer of the year in 2016, Reese Ramsey of Austin, Texas, the current top-ranked junior player in that state and Travis Vick of Houston, the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur stroke-play medalist.

Capan has signed with Alabama and Reese with Texas A&M.

The U.S. girls team is Alyaa Abdulghany of California, a USC signee, Emilia Migliaccio of North Carolina, who is headed for Wake Forest and Kaitlyn Papp of Texas.

The U.S. is the defending champion both boys and girls, with the boys team winning for the eighth time since the event began in 1992. The format is 72 holes of stroke play, with the best three of four scores counting for the boys each day, and the best two of three for the girls.

The U.S., England, New Zealand and Japan are permanent participants in the Toyota Junior World Cup. Qualifying tournaments will add another 10-to-12 boys teams and another two-to-four girls teams.

Oklahoma City University coach Kyle Blaser, who has led his team to 10 NAIA national championships, will coach the U.S. boys for a second time and Jojo Robertson of Texas Tech is the girls coach.

Timuquana Cup set

The sixth annual Timuquana Cup will be May 5-7 at the Timuquana Country Club, with the largest field ever competing in mid-amateur, senior and super-senior divisions.

There will be 82 players total representing 19 states, including four from California.

Joseph Deraney is the defending mid-amateur champion, Doug Hanzel is the defending senior champion and Steve Melnyk is the defending super-senior champion.

NFJG Tour begins

The summer schedule for the North Florida Junior Golf Tour will begin with the Lake City Open on May 7, at the Country Club of Lake City.

The tournament launches an 11-event season that includes stops at the TPC Sawgrass, World Golf Hall of Fame, the Omni Amelia Plantation and some of the area’s most prestigious private courses, Timuquana, San Jose, Sawgrass, Glen Kernan, Marsh Landing and the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club.

The Jacksonville Junior Championship will be July 17-18 at Timuquana and Sawgrass and the season-ending NFJG Tour Championship will be July 31-Aug. 1 at Marsh Landing and Glen Kernan.

Five of the 11 tournaments will be 36 holes.

For information, visit nfjg.org.

Junior Hub launched

An online community has been launched to enable junior golfers to create their own golf and academic profiles for college coaches to access.

Juniorgolfhub.com will be available to junior golfers 13 years and older. In addition, they can access a data base of college programs and beginning in the fall, the hub will offer information on preparing for tournaments, tailoring a high school and junior schedule that will best attract the attention of college coaches and advice for parents.

The Junior Golf Hub is an official partner of the American Junior Golf Association.