FUTURE HORNET GRANT RAPPLEYE TO REPRESENT THE USA IN CHINA
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State incoming freshman Grant Rappleye has been selected to represent the United States in an upcoming international competition against China. Rappleye is one of eight golfers on the US team that will compete in the USA-China Team Golf Championship in Langfang City, China.
The match is the first youth golf competition between the two countries and is being sponsored by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the China Golf Association. The organizing committee also includes the Golf Association of Hebei Province in China and the Small Ball Sports Management Centre of China’s State Sports General Administration.
“This is a great honor for Grant to be chosen to play for his country,” Sacramento State Director of Golf David Sutherland said. “To have kids play at this level will create an environment for our program that anything is possible.”
The US contingent (which includes four male golfers and four female golfers) arrives in Langfang City on July 20. Practice rounds will take place on the following two days along with a welcome gala and press conference on July 22. The first day of competition will be on July 23 with 18-hole foursomes matches, followed by 18-hole four-ball matches on July 24. The final day will see eight singles matches.
"This is a cultural exchange with golf as a common bond," USGA Secretary and USA captain Missy Crisp said in a statement. "China wishes to become more knowledgeable about golf and golf for juniors. The emphasis is very much on serving as good ambassadors for the United States and the United States Golf Association. This is a wonderful educational opportunity for the youngsters to travel to and experience a foreign country."
The US team will remain in China for two more days of sightseeing in Beijing before returning to San Francisco on July 28.
Rappleye and his twin brother Cameron will both be freshmen for the Hornets in the fall. During this past season, Grant recorded three top-10 finishes on Future Collegians World Tour, including a first-place finish at The Sun Devil Classic. He also claimed the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II title with an 8-under 64.