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The Junior Ryder CUp will be played at the Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland (Getty Images)

Juniors to play Friendship Bowl at Celtic Manor

The finest young golfing talent from Europe and the United States will play for the Friendship Bowl at The Celtic Manor Resort on Thursday September 30 following the conclusion of the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup.

Sarah Gwynn, European Tour Editorial Staff

The biennial Junior Ryder Cup for girls and boys under 18 is taking place at The Gleneagles Hotel on Monday September 27 and Tuesday 28, and afterwards the youngsters will travel to Wales to participate in the build-up to The 2010 Ryder Cup and meet Colin Montgomerie’s European Team and Corey Pavin’s American charges.

Llandudno golfer Amy Boulden, 16, will be playing on home soil having been selected for the Junior Ryder Cup team in July on the back of some fine performances this season, including victory in the Murcia Ladies Open in Spain and qualifying for the Women’s British Open.

The Friendship Bowl will be played over holes one, two, three, four, five, 14, 16, 17 and 18 of The Twenty Ten Course, on which the following day Europe and the United States will commence golf’s greatest team competition.

The 12 European juniors and their 12 American counterparts will be split into six teams of two girls and two boys - one each from Europe and the United States. Each team will be named after a famous golf club in Wales: Royal Porthcawl, Ashburnham, Royal St David’s, Conwy, Maesdu and The Celtic Manor Resort.

The Friendship Bowl is a chance to showcase the combined skills from both teams on the setting of The 2010 Ryder Cup, and it also gives the young players the opportunity to meet their golfing idols.

The Junior Ryder Cup has been the platform from which a number of successful professional careers have been built and began in 1997, two years after the idea came about at an exhibition match featuring European youngsters against a team from Central New York PGA Section.

Sergio Garcia was part of the 1995 team, Rory McIlroy played in the 2004 team and Suzann Pettersen participated in the 1997 and 1999 teams before becoming Norway’s top female golfer and playing in five Solheim Cups.

Other notable names to have played in a Junior Ryder Cup are Englishman Oliver Fisher, Italian Matteo Manassero and American Hunter Mahan, who was part of the victorious United States Team in 2008.

The contest celebrates the progress and hard work taking place at the grass roots level of golf, which helps talented young players develop into national team amateurs and some even to The Ryder Cup itself, as Garcia, McIlroy and Mahan have done.

For more information about the Junior Ryder Cup, please visit www.europeantour.com/rydercup/juniorrydercup.

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