The Palm Beach Post

Pano, 14, to compete in Junior Ryder Cup this week

- Staffff and wire reports

Lake Worth’s Alexa Pano will be the youngest member of the U.S. team in this week’s Junior Ryder Cup tournament at Disneyland Paris.

Pa no ,14, was selected as a captain’s pick by Allen Wronowski, PGA past president and team captain.

The Americans, shooting for a sixth consecutiv­e victory in this event, will be competing against the European team Monday and Tuesday in the biennial match-play competitio­n. Monday’s action consists of six foursome matches (three boys, three girls) in the morning and six mixed four-ball matches in the afternoon. On Tuesday, it’s singles matches involving all 12 members of each team.

The junior golfers are expected to meet with the Ryder Cup participan­ts Wednesday. Five players competing in the 2018 Ryder Cup, which starts Thursday at Le Golf National, are Junior Ryder cup alumni: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau (U.S.); Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia (Europe). Garcia played in an exhibition in 1995 that served as the precursor to the Junior Ryder Cup.

All six girls on the U.S. team are ranked in the Top 20.

Pano was runner-up in the 2018 U.S. Girls Junior Championsh­ip and competed in both the 2018 LPGA Thornberry Creek Classic and 2018 Symetra Tour Four Winds Invitation­al. A two-time Drive, Chip & Putt Championsh­ip age group winner, Pano also was featured in the golf documentar­y “The Short Game,” after competing in the 7-8-year-old division of the U.S. Kids Golf World Championsh­ip at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina.

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