The idea for the Junior Ryder Cup came about in 1995, when a team of Europeans played an informal exhibition match against the Central New York PGA Section and area juniors. Two years later, the Junior Ryder Cup was formally introduced as an event in its own right, while played at Alcaidesa Links Golf Course, in Cadiz, Spain, and won by America, 9-7.
In 1999, the contest was held at Country Club of New Seabury in Cape Cod, Mass., and won by Europe, which then went on to win the next two Junior Ryder Cups. The 2006 match was tied at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, and two years later, the Americans won convincingly, 22-2, at The Club at Olde Stone in Kentucky.
The Junior Ryder Cup has been the platform from which successful professional careers have been launched for several players. Spaniard Sergio Garcia played in the 1995 exhibition match. Four years later, he was part of the European Ryder Cup Team at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., while Suzann Pettersen played in the Junior Ryder Cup in 1997 and 1999, before becoming Norway’s top female golfer and taking part in five Solheim Cups. Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts played in the 1999 Junior Ryder Cup and was part of the 2012 Ryder Cup. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy was on the victorious 2004 team, and entered the 2012 Ryder Cup as the world’s No. 1 player.
Hunter Mahan played as a member of the 1999 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team and has since competed in the Ryder Cup twice, in 2008 and '10. Lexi Thompson, a member of the 2008 Junior Ryder Cup Team, won the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship and was a member of the 2013 and ‘15 Solheim Cup Team. Jordan Spieth, a member of the 2008 and ’10 Junior Ryder Cup Team, won the 2015 Masters Tournament and U.S. Open, and was a member of the 2014 Ryder Cup Team.
1997 - USA 9, Europe 7
1999 - Europe 11.5, USA 1.5
2002 - Europe 9.5, USA 2.5
2004 - Europe 8.5, USA 3.5
2006 - Europe 6, USA 6
2008 - USA 22, Europe 2
2010 - USA 13.5, Europe 10.5
2012 - USA 14.5, Europe 9.5
2014 - USA 16, Europe 8
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (All times CT)
Sunday, September 25 5 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
Monday, September 26 7:30 a.m. Session One – Foursomes
Monday, September 26 12:30 p.m. Session Two – Mixed Four-Ball
Tuesday, September 27 9 a.m. Session Three - Singles
Tuesday, September 27 3:30 p.m. Trophy Presentation
INTERLACHEN COUNTRY CLUB
Interlachen has a rich and storied history as a host of golf championships. Since its beginning in 1909, Interlachen has been committed to excellence - from the quality and condition of the timeless Donald Ross classic and the prestige of the championships it has hosted. The golf course is considered among Ross’ finest designs and consistently ranks among the best in the country (currently No. 56 in Golf Digest’s “Top 100 American Courses”).
The Club has been an advocate of championship golf at the highest level and has been proud to host the most prestigious events in professional and amateur golf, including the 1993 Walker Cup, 2002 Solheim Cup and the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open. However, it was the 1930 U.S Open that was the Club’s defining moment, where Bobby Jones embarked on an incredible journey, in which Interlachen played a starring role.
After having just won the first two legs of the Grand Slam in England, Jones’ U.S. Open victory at Interlachen on July 12, 1930, gave him the third leg of the Gram Slam. Jones would achieve the Grand Slam two months later, by winning the U.S. Amateur at Merion, to complete one of the greatest achievements in sports history. In accomplishing his Grand Slam, Jones provided Interlachen Country Club national and international prominence and its well-deserved place in golf lore.
There will be no public parking onsite at Interlachen. Rather, spectators are able to park at the nearby Braemar Ice Arena at 7501 Ikola Way in Edina. The location is just off the Valley View Road Exit of Highway 169.
Parking is complimentary. In addition, representatives from Edina Give and Go (edinagiveandgo.org)—a local Edina based charity that brings life and learning opportunities to Edina Public Schools' students who are economically disadvantaged—will be stationed at the lot to direct people to and from the shuttle buses and answer any questions.
The shuttle will run from 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on Sun., Sept 25; 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 26; and 8:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 27 (all times CT)
The public is encouraged to make a donation to Edina Give and Go.
What: 10th Junior Ryder Cup Public Parking
Where: Braemar Ice Arena, 7501 Ikola Way, Edina, Minnesota
Directions: Just off the Valley View Road Exit from Highway 169
Cost: Complimentary – The public is encouraged to make a donation to Edina Give and Go, in support of disadvantaged students
Shuttle Bus Hours (all times CT): Sun., Sept. 25 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m; Mon., Sept. 26 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m; Tues., Sept. 27 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.