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Optimist Junior Golf announces USA and Canadian Teams for 2012 World Cup


TEAM USA participants (clockwise from

top-left) Evan DeRoche, Chad Merzbacher,

Annie Dulman and Austin Eoff


Optimist Junior Golf is excited to announce the eight junior golfers who have been selected to represent their countries at the 2012 Optimist Golf World Cup, presented by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment. In an effort to expand the event, there will be a total of two US teams and two Canadian teams beginning in 2012.

Competing for USA and the stars and stripes will be junior golfers Evan DeRoche of Key West, Fla., Annie Dulman of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Austin Eoff of Benton, Ark., and Chad Merzbacher of Dublin, Ohio. DeRoche and Merzbacher will compete for TEAM USA RED while Dulman and Eoff will pair up on TEAM USA BLUE.


Representing Canada and the maple leaf will be golfers Nicklaus Kennedy of London, Ont., David French of Camlachie, Ont., Hanish Nagrani of Welland, Ont., and JT Kelly of Calgary, Alb. Kennedy and Nagrani will play for TEAM CANADA RED while French and Kelly will make up TEAM CANADA WHITE.

The event, held in conjunction with the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships, will take place July 24 on the Champion course at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Sponsored by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, the Optimist Golf World Cup is a one-day, 18-hole team competition featuring players who are also competing in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. Teams representing 20 different nations competed in the 2011 event, and Optimist Junior Golf expects entries from more than 20 teams in 2012.



TEAM CANADA participants (clockwise from

top-left) Nicklaus Kennedy , Hanish Nagrani,

David French and JT Kelly

Players were selected for Team USA and Team Canada based on their past results in Optimist Golf events, Golfweek and Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings as well as international, national and regional tournament experience. Congratulations to the junior golfers selected for this honor!

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