Ketcham Chosen as Coach for U.S. Junior World
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas head golf coach Mike Ketcham was selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) to serve as the coach for the United State’s Junior World Cup team on June 22-24. This is the first international appointment Ketcham has received and he will guide the four-member USA Team on Bear Paw’s Golf Club’s par-72, mountain course outside of Shiga, Japan. Golf legend Arnold Palmer will serve as honorary captain.
“This is a great honor to be asked by my peers to coach this team,” Ketcham said. “I’m excited about the opportunity. I’m looking forward to representing the U.S. and to be surrounded by some of the best young golfers in the country.”
The Toyota Junior World Cup will be entering its 13th year. The United States has won five team titles at the event, its last coming in 2000. U.S. medalists include David Gossett, Joel Kribel, Sal Spallone, Justin Roof and Hunter Mahan.
To be eligible for the competition a junior golfer must be an incoming college freshman that has signed a letter of intent to compete on the collegiate level and not reached his 19th birthday by the date of the World Junior Cup.
“I am pleased to serve as the honorary captain of Team USA for the upcoming Toyota Junior World Cup,” said Palmer. “I have always felt it important to support all forms of international competition in golf and particularly enjoy this opportunity to be involved with junior golf in this respect.”
Currently in his third season at Arkansas, Ketcham earned South Central Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2003. He led the Razorbacks to 13 top 10 finishes last season, including three tournament victories and eight top-five performances and advanced to the NCAA Championships.
Ketcham has led three different programs to the NCAA Championships, placing 10th while coaching San Jose State in 1996 and 12th while at Oregon State in 2001.
During the 2003-04 campaign Ketcham’s team has consistently been ranked among the nation’s top 25 and his Razorbacks have posted nine top 10 finishes. They are now preparing for the Southeastern Conference Championships on April 15-18 in Sea Island, Ga.
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