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The TGA Proudly Salutes Our Legends Junior Tour Alumni at the 2023 Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup

The Texas Golf Association is proud to support our Legends Junior Tour alumni who have distinguished themselves at the professional level and earned the right to represent the United States at this year’s Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup.

Cheyenne Knight

Cheyenne Knight made her Solheim Cup debut as a 2023 Captain’s Pick and helped pace the U.S. team with a 2-0-1 record and 2.5 points and from her three matches.  On Day 1 of competition at Finca Cortesin in Andalucia, Spain, Knight teamed with Ally Ewing to defeat England’s Charley Hull and Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen 5&4 in Foursomes. Knight then partnered with Angel Yin in Saturday’s Four-Ball matches to win 2 Up over Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall, both from Sweden. On the final day, she halved her singles match with Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland to earn a critical half point for the U.S. team.

Growing up in The Woodlands, Knight competed on the Legends Junior Tour in Texas and later played collegiate golf at the University of Alabama. As a junior, she was the 2012 KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior Girls Open Champion, the 2013 U.S. Air Force Academy Junior Girls Champion, and the 2014 AJGA Genesis Shootout Champion.

Scottie Scheffler

2022 Masters Tournament Champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year winner Scottie Scheffler was the first automatic qualifier for the 2023 U.S. Ryder Cup Team after making his Ryder Cup debut in 2021.

Born in New Jersey, Scottie moved to Dallas with his family at the age of six and was soon competing in junior golf events across Texas. Scottie would go on to win nine times on the Legends Junior Tour, including the 2011 Legends Junior Match Play Championship. He added the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur and 2014 Junior Invitational championships to his resume, and later played in college at The University of Texas in Austin.

Jordan Spieth

With 13 career PGA Tour victories, including three major championships (2015 Masters Tournament, 2015 U.S. Open, and 2017 The Open Championship), Jordan Spieth competed in his fifth Ryder Cup in 2023 as a Captain’s Pick for Team USA.

Born and raised in Dallas, Spieth earned seven total wins as a junior player on the Legends Junior Tour, including three straight victories at the Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship from 2008-2010. He also added U.S. Junior Amateur Championships in 2009 and 2011 and the 2009 AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year award to his list of accolades. Spieth also competed for the U.S. team at the 2011 Walker Cup, and in 2012 was the Low Amateur at the U.S. Open and earned the #1 World Amateur Golf ranking.

Sam Burns

With five PGA Tour victories in his professional career, including this year at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Sam Burns was selected as a Captain’s Pick for the 2023 Ryder Cup.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Sam also competed on the Legends Junior Tour in Texas at the Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship and the Texas Cup Invitational. Burns was the 2014 AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year and later played college golf at Louisiana State University.