April 13, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Andrew Putnam, who signed a letter of intent last November to attend Pepperdine beginning in the fall, was one of four players selected to represent the United States at the 2007 World Junior Golf Team Championship June 19-22 in Toyota City, Japan.
Joining Putnam on the team, which will be coached by Kyle Blaser of Oklahoma City University, are Spencer Cole of Greer, S.C., Russell Henley of Macon, Ga., and Steve Ziegler of Broomfield, Colo.
This year's event will take place at the Chukyo Golf Club - the same location that has hosted the tournament the previous two years. The Americans are looking to regain the title after winning the championship in 2004 and 2005 and placing fifth in last year's event.
Putnam, who is a resident of University Place, Wash., and currently attending Life Christian Academy, is the younger brother of former Pepperdine All-American Michael Putnam.
"Anytime you get a chance to represent your country is a great opportunity, Putnam said. "The feeling is just amazing."
Putnam brings with him an impressive list of credentials that includes the 2006 Washington and Pacific Northwest Player of the Year and is a second team American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rolex All-American. He won the 2006 AJBA Pacific Northwest and was a semi-finalist at the U.S. Junior Amateur.
"We're going to play our hardest to get the cup back to the States," Blaser said. "The Americans have some of the best players in the world, especially at the junior level, and that's something I take pride in."
Team USA will leave Los Angeles for Japan on June 14. Practice rounds and a sightseeing tour will take place before the tournament's first round on June 19.