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PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. (July 3, 2018) – The PGA of America has announced the current Official Standings for the 2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team, as of July 3, 2018. The U.S. Junior Ryder Cup 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.

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, Suzann Pettersen, Emily Pedersen and Carlota Ciganda of Europe.

The 11th Junior Ryder Cup will be contested between the U.S. and Europe at Disneyland Paris, Sept. 24-25. The American team is vying for its sixth straight victory in the biennial competition.

The six girls who qualify for the 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, as well as two Captain’s picks made by PGA Past President/2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Captain Allen Wronowski, PGA

2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team

Official Boys Point Standings

(through AJGA Polo Junior Classic - as of July 3, 2018)

Last nameFirst nameClassHometownPoints
BhatiaAkshay2020Wake Forest, N.C.2860
CastilloRicky2019Yorba Linda, Calif.1075
ClaycombCanon2020Bowling Green, Ky.1055
PonichCole2019Farmington, Utah735
WotnoskyGrayson2020Wake Forest, N.C.595
FountainPeter2020Raleigh, N.C.540
MouwWilliam2019Chino, Calif.520
ThorbjornsenMichael2020Wellesley, Mass.480

Note: The next boys 2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team points update will be published following the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team

Official Girls Point Standings

(through AJGA Polo Junior Classic - as of July 3, 2018)

Last nameFirst nameClassHometownPoints
LiLucy2020Redwood Shores, Calif.3295
HeckRachel2020Memphis, Tenn.2900
ZhangRose2021Irvine, Calif.2620
ShepherdErica2019Greenwood, Ind.2380
NohYealimi2019Concord, Calif.2110
NavarrosaBrianna2020San Diego1270
SeayBrooke2019Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.1110
MorardMichaela2020Huntsville, Ala.1075
PanoAlexa2022Lake Worth, Fla.1075
CamposZoe2021Valencia, Calif.1070
EnglemannSadie2020Austin, Texas855

Note: The next girls 2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team points update will follow the 43rd Girls Junior PGA Championship.

Here are the complete U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team qualification rules and official qualifying events.

The United States captured the 2016 Junior Ryder Cup at Interlachen Country Club in Minnesota, 15 1/2 to 8 1/2. A total of 10 players from the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Team are slated to be on NCAA Division I college golf rosters for the 2018-19 school year. Meanwhile, 2016 U.S. Team Member Norman Xiong, who received the Jack Nicklaus Award as 2018 NCAA Division I National Player of the Year, just turned professional.

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.

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