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PGA OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL QUALIFYING EVENTS FOR 2020 UNITED STATES JUNIOR RYDER CUP TEAM

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (July 17, 2019) — As the countdown begins to next year’s 12th Junior Ryder Cup at Blue Mound Golf and Country Club near Milwaukee, Sept. 21-22, 2020, the PGA of America has announced the official qualifying events and eligibility rules for the selection of the 2020 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 2021, or younger. All potential players must compete in the 2020 Girls or Boys Junior PGA Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to be eligible, unless exceptional circumstances prevent the player from competing. There will be 10 players who qualify as exemptions and two Captain’s picks. The final U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team will be announced by the PGA of America on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, following the 45th Girls Junior PGA Championship.

The American team is vying for its seventh straight victory in the biennial competition with Europe, and the United States holds an overall record of 7-3-1 in the event. 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.

“We’re excited to open the competition to earn a spot on the 2020 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team,” said PGA Past President and 2020 United States Junior Ryder Cup Captain Derek Sprague. “The best junior golfers in the United States will comprise a formidable team that will travel to Milwaukee next year, as we proudly represent our country and compete against Europe’s top players in this special international event.”

To be eligible for the 2020 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team, all players must compete in their respective Junior PGA Championship and achieve one of the following qualifications:

Exemptions:

• 2020 Boys Junior PGA Champion and runner-up (total of 2 boys) - To be contested July 13-16, 2020 at PGA Golf Club. In an event there is a tie for 2nd place between two eligible players, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff immediately following play to determine the spot.*

• 2020 Girls Junior PGA Champion and runner-up (total of 2 girls) - To be contested July 28-31, 2020 at PGA Golf Club. In an event there is a tie for 2nd place between two eligible players, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff immediately following play to determine the spot.*

• 2020 U.S. Girls Junior Champion - To be contested in July 2020 at Eisenhower Golf Course in Colorado Springs, Colo.**

• 2020 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion - To be contested in July 2020 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.**

• 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 2019 Girls Junior PGA Championship at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, Conn., July 9-12 (won by Yuka Saso); and the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Inverness Club, in Toledo, Ohio, July 15-20 (boys). Events earning points will include: multiple AJGA Invitationals, USGA Junior Amateurs, 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 2019/2020 PGA Tour, LPGA Tour or USGA national event.

*In the event of a tie for 2nd place between two eligible players in either the 2020 Girls Junior PGA Championship and/or 2020 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. All U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Points List ties will be broken by each player’s respective 2020 Junior PGA Championship finish.

**If the 2020 U.S. Girls Junior Champion and/or the 2020 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion is not eligible, the next highest ranked player on the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup points list will be selected.

Captain’s Pick:

The final two spots will be one boy and one girl Captain's pick. For these selections, the PGA of America 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 and girl selections.

2020 U.S. JUNIOR RYDER CUP TEAM POINTS SYSTEM

Rank
2019-2020 Premier Championships
2019-2020 Top Event Championships
Cuts Made in PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, USGA National Events (2019/2020)
1st
675
375
375 per cut made in each event
2nd
360
180
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3rd
320
160
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4th
280
140
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5th
240
120
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6th
200
100
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7th
160
80
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8th
120
60
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9th
80
40
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10th
40
20
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11th - 15th
20
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2019-2020 GIRLS PREMIER EVENTS

44th Girls Junior PGA Championship
July 9-12, 2019
Keney Park Golf Course
Windsor, Conn.
U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship
July 22-27, 2019
SentryWorld
Stevens Point, Wisc.
Rolex Tournament ofChampions
Nov. 23-28, 2019
PGA National Resort and Spa
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
ANNIKA Invitational
January 2020
World Golf Village
St. Augustine, Fla.
Buick Shanshan Feng GirlsInvitational
February 2020
The Saticoy Club
Somis, Calif.
ANA Junior Inspiration
March 2020
Mission Hills Country Club
Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Thunderbird International Junior
May 2020
Grayhawk Golf Club – Raptor Course
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Rolex Girls Junior Championship
June 2020
The Golf Club at Briar's Creek
Johns Island, S.C.
Polo Golf Junior Classic#
June 2020
Liberty National Golf Club
Jersey City, N.J.
U.S. Girls' Junior Championship
July 2020
Eisenhower Golf Course
Colorado Springs, Colo.
45th Girls Junior PGA Championship
July 28-31, 2020
PGA Golf Club
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

#Only the 8 players advancing to elimination will receive points for the Polo Golf Junior Classic

2019-2020 GIRLS TOP EVENTS

AJGA Girls Championship
Aug. 30–Sept. 2, 2019
The Furman Golf Club
Greenville, S.C.
The Ping Invitational
Oct. 11-14 2019
Karsten Creek Golf Club
Stillwater, Okla.
Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle
Dec. 28 - 30, 2019
Longbow Golf Club
Mesa, Ariz.
Orange Bowl International Junior
Jan. 2-6, 2020
Biltmore Golf Course
Coral Gables, Fla.
The Sea Pines Junior Heritage
February 2020
Sea Pines Resort
Hilton Head, S.C.
Kathy Whitworth Girls Invitational
March 2020
Mira Vista Country Club
Ft. Worth, Texas
Scott Robertson Memorial
May 2020
Roanoke Country Club
Roanoke, Va.

2019-2020 BOYS PREMIER EVENTS

U.S. Junior Amateur Championship
July 15-20, 2019
Inverness Club
Toledo, Ohio
44th Boys Junior PGA Championship
July 30-Aug. 2, 2019
Keney Park Golf Course
Windsor, Conn.
Junior Players Championship
Aug. 30 –Sept. 2, 2019
TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Rolex Tournament of Champions
Nov. 23-28, 2019
PGA National Resort and Spa
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
AJGA Simplify Boys Championship
February2020
The Club at Carlton Woods – Fazio Course
The Woodlands, Texas
Junior Invitational
April 2020
Sage Valley Golf Club
Graniteville, S.C.
Thunderbird International Junior
May 2020
Grayhawk Golf Club – Raptor Course
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Wyndham Invitational
June 2020
Sedgefield Country Club – Donald Ross Course
Greensboro, N.C.
Polo Golf Junior Classic#
June 2020
Liberty National Golf Club
Jersey City, N.J.
45th Boys Junior PGA Championship
July 13-16, 2020
PGA Golf Club
Port St. Lucie, Fla.
U.S. Junior Amateur Championship
July 2020
Hazeltine National Golf Club
Chaska, Minn.

#Only the 8 players advancing to elimination will receive points for the Polo Golf Junior Classic

2019-2020 BOYS TOP EVENTS

Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational
Oct. 18-20, 2019
Country Club of Spartanburg
Spartanburg, S.C.
The Ping Invitational
Oct. 11-14, 2019
Karsten Creek Golf Club
Stillwater, Okla.
Jones Cup Junior Invitational
Dec. 19-21, 2019
Sea Island Golf Club
Sea Island, Ga.
Orange Bowl International Junior
January 2020
Biltmore Golf Course
Coral Gables, Fla.
The Sea Pines Junior Heritage
February 2020
Sea Pines Resort
Hilton Head, S.C.
Scott Robertson Memorial
May 2020
Roanoke Country Club
Roanoke, Va.
Western Junior Championship
June 2020
Onwentsia Club
Lake Forest, Ill.

The idea for the Junior Ryder Cup came about in 1995, when a team of Europeans, including Sergio Garcia, 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, at Alcaidesa Links Golf Course, in Cadiz, Spain, and won by the United States, 7-5.

The United States captured the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup at Disneyland Paris 12 1/2 to 11 1/2 for its sixth consecutive victory. The U.S. holds a 7-3-1 overall record versus Europe.

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
11th
2018
United States
12½ - 11½
Paris
12th
2020
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