PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. (June 5, 2018) – The PGA of America has announced the current Official Standings for the 2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team, as of June 5, 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.
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.
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.
For complete U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team qualification rules and official qualifying events, please click here.
2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team Official Boys Point Standings (through Thunder International at Grayhawk)
|Bhatia||Akshay||2020||Wake Forest, N.C.||2185|
|Castillo||Ricky||2019||Yorba Linda, Calif.||1075|
|Claycomb||Canon||2020||Bowling Green, Ky.||775|
|Wotnosky||Grayson||2020||Wake Forest, N.C.||595|
|Vogelsong||Alexander||2019||Palm City, Fla.||240|
Note: The next boys 2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team points update will follow the Haas Family Wyndham Invitational at the end of June.
2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team Official Girls Point Standings (through U.S. Women’s Open)
|Li||Lucy||2020||Redwood Shores, Calif.||2975|
|Seay||Brooke||2019||Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.||1110|
|Pano||Alexa||2022||Lake Worth, Fla.||795|
|Pellot||Izzy||2022||Altamonte Springs, Fla.||750|
Note: The next girls 2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team points update will follow the Rolex Girls Junior Championship at the end of June.
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 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 atAlcaidesa 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. 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.