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The European team celebrates after winning the Junior Ryder Cup at the K Club on September 25, 2002. (Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
The European team celebrates after winning the Junior Ryder Cup at the K Club on September 25, 2002. (Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Teams Announced for 2004 Junior Ryder Cup Matches

The two teams to contest the 2004 Junior Ryder Cup Matches in an international showcase of golf's next generation have been announced, with Europe defending the trophy and attempting to win the trophy for a fourth time in five meetings.

September 01, 2004

The Junior Ryder Cup Matches will take place at the Westfield Group Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio, USA, from September 11-12, the week before The 35th Ryder Cup Matches unfold at Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Township, Michigan, USA.

Teams comprise six boys and six girls, aged 16 and under, in a Ryder Cup style competition which brings together juniors from Europe and the United States in a biennial contest first played in 1995.

The 2004 European side was decided at the European Young Masters, which took place at Styrian Golf Club, Murhof, Austria, and will be captained by Andy Ingram, former Captain of the Welsh Boys team and Full International side until 2003. As Captain, Ingram led Wales to their first victory in the Home Internationals for 70 years in 2002.

Belen Mozo, the number one ranked girl in Spain, will lead the European girls team. She is joined by compatriot Carlota Ciganda, Florentyna Parker of England, the Swedish pair of Linn Gustafsson, Camilla Lennarth, and Valerie Sternbeck of Germany.

The boys team comprises Dominic Angkawidjaja of Austria, Lluis Garcia del Moral of Spain, England's Oliver Fisher, Zachariah Gould of Wales, Rory McIlroy of Ireland, Marius Thorp of Norway.

They will face a United States team, captained by Will Mann, who served as President of the PGA of America from 1998 to 2000.

Tessa Teachman, Jessica Smith, Angela Oh, Anne Ormson, Kelly Fuchik and Mina Harigae will respresent the United States girls team while Josh Dupont, Chris Deforest, Tony Mapu Finau, Kyle English, Chase Wright and Luke Guthrie will make up the boys side.

The inaugural Junior Ryder Cup Matches in 1995 featured a 15 year old Sergio Garcia, the young Spaniard subsequently going on to earn full Ryder Cup honours, firstly in 1999, when he became the youngest player ever to play in the Matches, and again in 2002 and he is set to earn a third cap next month at Oakland Hills.

Since the first contest both teams have included several budding champions including Beth Bauer, Nicolas Colsaerts, David Gossett, Suzann Pettersen, David Porter and Ty Tryon.

Europe won the last contest, in 2002 at the K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland, by 9 1/2 to 2 1/2.

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