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PGA of America announces official qualifying events for 2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup team

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. (April 17, 2018) – As the countdown begins to the 11th Junior Ryder Cup at Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France, Sept. 24-25, the PGA of America has announced the official qualifying events and eligibility rules for the selection of the 2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team.

The U.S. Team will feature six boys and six girls who are U.S. citizens and members of the high school graduating class of 2019, or younger. In addition to the Junior Ryder Cup, there will be a coinciding Friendship Match at Le Golf National, site of the 2018 Ryder Cup, on Sept. 26. As well, the U.S. and European Junior Ryder Cup Teams will be a part of the Opening Ceremonies on Sept. 27. The American team is vying for its sixth straight victory in the biennial competition.

Among the Junior Ryder Cup alumni are major champions, PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players including: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Hunter Mahan, Tony Finau, Lexi Thompson, Alison Lee and Brittany Altomare of the United States; and Rory McIllroy, Sergio Garcia, Nicolas Colsaerts, Suzanne Peterson, Emily Pedersen and Carlota Ciganda of Europe.

The six girls who qualify for the 2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team will be announced on July 23, following the U.S. Girls Junior Championship. The six boys who will join them on the team will be announced following the conclusion of the Boys Junior PGA Championship on Aug. 3. There will be 10 players who qualify as exemptions and two Captain’s picks.

To be eligible for the 2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team, all players must compete in their respective Junior PGA Championship and achieve one of the following qualifications:

2018 Exemptions

  • 43rd Girls Junior PGA Championship winner and runner-up (total of 2), contested July 9-12, at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Kentucky. *
  • 43rd Boys Junior PGA Championship winner and runner-up (total of 2), contested July 31-Aug. 3, 2018 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. *

*If the Girls Junior PGA Champion and/or Boys Junior PGA Champion is not eligible, the next highest ranked player on the corresponding U.S. Junior Ryder Cup points list will be selected. In the event of a tie for 2nd place between two eligible players in either the Girls Junior PGA Championship and/or Boys Junior PGA Championship, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff immediately following play to determine the spot. If the champion or runner-up is not eligible, the next highest ranked player on the corresponding U.S. Junior Ryder Cup points list will be selected.

  • 2018 U.S. Girls Junior Champion, to be contested July 16-21, 2018, at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California.**
  • 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion, to be contested July 16-21, at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey.**

**If the U.S. Girls Junior Champion and/or the U.S. Junior Amateur Champion is not eligible, the next corresponding highest-ranked player on the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup points list will be selected.

  • Top two boys and top two girls from the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Points List (see charts below), which began awarding points at the 2017 Polo Golf Junior Classic. Events earning points will include: multiple AJGA Invitationals, USGA Junior Championships, Junior PGA Championships and select independent events, such as the Orange Bowl International Junior, Kathy Whitworth Girls Invitational and Scott Robertson Memorial. In addition, points are awarded to those juniors who make the cut in a 2017/2018 PGA Tour, LPGA Tour or USGA national event. 

    All U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Points List ties will be broken by each player’s respective 2018 Junior PGA Championship finish.

Captain’s Pick:

  • The final two spots will be one boy and one girl Captain's pick. For these selections, the PGA will consider multiple national ranking systems, such as Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, Junior Golf Scoreboard, Rolex AJGA Rankings and World Amateur Golf Rankings to pinpoint the remaining top boy/girl selections.

 

2018 U.S. JUNIOR RYDER CUP TEAM POINTS SYSTEM
Rank 2017-2018 Premier Championships 2017-18 Top Event Championships Cuts Made in PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, USGA National Events (2017/2018)
1st 675 375 375 per cut made in each event
2nd 360 180 ---
3rd 320 160 ---
4th 280 140 ---
5th 240 120 ---
6th 200 100 ---
7th 160 80 ---
8th 120 60 ---
9th 80 40 ---
10th 40 20 ---
11th - 15th 20 --- ---

2017-18 GIRLS PREMIER EVENTS
Polo Golf Junior Classic June 26-30, 2017 The Ridge at Back Brook Ringoes, N.J.
42nd Girls Junior PGA Championship July 18-21, 2017 Country Club of St. Albans St. Albans, Mo.
U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship July 24-29, 2017 Boone Valley Golf Club Augusta, Mo.
Rolex Tournament of Champions Nov 18-23, 2017 PGA National Resort and Spa Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
ANNIKA Invitational Jan 12-15, 2018 World Golf Village St. Augustine, Fla.
ANA Junior Inspiration March 22-25, 2018 Mission Hills Country Club Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Thunderbird International Junior May 25-28, 2018 Grayhawk Golf Club – Raptor Course Scottsdale, Ariz.
Rolex Girls Junior Championship June 11 - 15, 2018 Promontory Club – Dye Canyon Course Park City, Utah
Polo Golf Junior Classic June 25 - 29, 2018 Echo Lake Country Club Westfield, N.J.
43rd Girls Junior PGA Championship July 9 - 12, 2018 Kearney Hill Golf Links Lexington, Ky.
U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship July 16 - 21, 2018 Poppy Hills Golf Course Pebble Beach, Calif.

2017-18 GIRLS TOP EVENTS
AJGA Girls Championship Sept. 1-4, 2017 The Furman Golf Club Greenville, S.C.
The Ping Invitational Oct. 5 - 8, 2017 Karsten Creek Golf Club Stillwater, Okla.
Orange Bowl International Junior Dec. 27 - 30, 2017 Biltmore Golf Course Coral Gables, Fla.
Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Dec. 28 - 30, 2017 Talking Stick Golf Course – Piipaash Course Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Sea Pines Junior Heritage Feb. 3 - 4, 2018 Sea Pines Resort Hilton Head, S.C.
Buick Shanshan Feng Girls Invitational Feb. 9 - 11, 2018 TPC Valencia Valencia, Calif.
Kathy Whitworth Girls Invitational March 11 - 13, 2018 Mira Vista Golf Course Ft. Worth, Texas
Scott Robertson Memorial May 18 - 20, 2018 Roanoke Country Club Roanoke, Va.

2017-18 BOYS PREMIER EVENTS
Polo Golf Junior Classic June 26-30, 2017 The Ridge at Back Brook Ringoes, N.J.
U.S. Junior Amateur Championship July 17-22, 2017 Flint Hills National Golf Club Andover, Kansas
42nd Boys Junior PGA Championship July 31-Aug. 3, 2017 Country Club of St. Albans St. Albans, Mo.
Rolex Tournament of Champions Nov. 18-23, 2017 PGA National Resort and Spa Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Junior Invitational April 19-21, 2018 Sage Valley Golf Club Graniteville, S.C.
Thunderbird International Junior May 25-28, 2018 Grayhawk Golf Club – Raptor Course Scottsdale, Ariz.
Haas Family Wyndham Invitational June 11-15, 2018 Sedgefield Country Club – Donald Ross Course Greensboro, N.C.
Polo Golf Junior Classic June 25-29, 2018 Echo Lake Country Club Westfield, N.J.
U.S. Junior Amateur Championship July 16-21, 2018 Baltusrol Golf Club Springfield, N.J.
43rd Boys Junior PGA Championship July 31-Aug 3, 2018 Valhalla Golf Club Louisville, Ky.

2017-18 BOYS TOP EVENTS
Junior Players Championship Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2017 TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational Sept. 23–24, 2017 Country Club of Spartanburg Spartanburg, S.C.
The Ping Invitational Oct. 5-8, 2017 Karsten Creek Golf Club Stillwater, Okla.
Jones Cup Junior Invitational Dec. 19-22, 2017 Sea Island Golf Club Sea Island, Ga.
Orange Bowl International Junior Dec. 27-30, 2017 Biltmore Golf Course Coral Gables, Fla.
The Sea Pines Junior Heritage Feb. 3-4, 2018 Sea Pines Resort Hilton Head, S.C.
Simplify Boys Junior Championship Feb. 16-19, 2018 The Club at Carlton Woods – Fazio Course The Woodlands, Texas
Scott Robertson Memorial May 18-20, 2018 Roanoke Country Club Roanoke, Va.
Western Junior Championship June 18-21, 2018 Evanston Golf Club Skokie, Ill.

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.

The United States captured the 2016 Junior Ryder Cup at Interlachen Country Club in Minnesota, 15 1/2 to 8 1/2. One of the top players on the U.S. team was 2016 Girls Junior PGA Champion Lucy Li, who was also the youngest player in U.S. Women’s Open history. Her teammate Norman Xiong received the 2017 Division I Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award while playing for the University of Oregon.

  Year Winner Score Location  
Inaugural 1997 United States 7 - 5 Sotogrande, Spain  
2nd 1999 Europe 10½ - 1½ Boston  
3rd 2002 Europe 9½ - 2½ Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland  
4th 2004 Europe 8½ - 3½ Westfield Center, Ohio  
5th 2006 Halved 6 - 6 Newport, Wales  
6th 2008 United States 22-2 Bowling Green, Ky.  
7th 2010 United States 13½ - 10½ Gleneagles, Scotland  
8th 2012 United States 14½- 9½ Olympia Fields, Ill.  
9th 2014 United States 16-8 Blairgowrie, Scotland  
10th 2016 United States 15½ - 8½ Minneapolis  

​For more information on the Junior Ryder Cup, visit JuniorPGAChampionship.comJuniorRyderCup.com or call PGA of America Headquarters at (561) 624-8400.