Current IJGA students, Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, and Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, have been selected by the Mexican Golf Federation to represent Mexico in the World Team Amateur Championships in Japan. The competitions will take place at Karuizawa 72 Golf East in Karuizawa, Japan, and is hosted by the Japan Golf Association.
The women’s competition will be conducted from September 3-6, 2014, and the men’s competition will take place September 10-13, 2014. The competitions will be played on the Iriyama and Oshitate Courses. Each team will consist of three players and the best two scores will be counted over the four days of tournament competition.
The honor of representing one’s country is one of the highest in all of golf, especially at a prestigious event such as the World Team Amateur, which will feature many of the top amateur golfers in the world. Terrazas has been at the IJGA for four years and has had many successes on the national scene in all levels of golf. He has competed in many prestigious amateur events across the country, and even on the PGA Tour Latin America. Last summer Terrazas won the Mexican Junior National Championship and made it to the Round of 16 at the U.S. Junior Amateur.
Valdes has been at the IJGA for three years and has also been very successful on the national scene. She has competed in an LPGA event at the age of 14, qualified for the U.S. Girls’ Junior for two years in a row, and was the IJGT Player of the Year in 2014. Valdes also won the Girls Junior Americas Cupindividual title the past two summers. The World Amateur Team competition was last held in 2012 in Turkey.