'10 Jr. Ryder Cup set for Gleneagles; friendship match at Celtic Manor


Series:

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The 2010 Junior Ryder Cup, which will be contested Sept. 27-28, at Gleneagles Resort's PGA Centenary Course in Perthshire, Scotland, will continue to present the expanded Ryder Cup format change of 2008 to foursomes, mixed four-ball and singles competition. The matches mark the seventh formal connection between The PGA of America and Ryder Cup Ltd., which biennially stage the Ryder Cup.

The friendship match will take place on Sept. 29, at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, U.K. tied into the 38th Ryder Cup.

The United States Junior Ryder Cup Team will consist of six boys and six girls who are American citizens and are members of the high school graduating class of 2011, or younger.

The invitation criterion consists of the following: Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla., has received the first female spot on the U.S. team by way of her victory at the 2009 Junior PGA Championship. The U.S. Champion of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, July 19-24, 2010, at Egypt Valley Golf Club in Grand Rapids, Mich., will be awarded an automatic berth on the U.S. Team. The third exemption is awarded to the winner of the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship on July 19-24, 2010, at the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst. In addition, the top two boys' and girls' finishers from The PGA of America's flagship junior event, the 35th Junior PGA Championship, Aug. 2-5, 2010, at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., will be eligible. The leading boy and girl in the Junior Ryder Cup final point standings that are determined following the Junior PGA Championship (the final major of the summer) will earn automatic Junior Ryder Cup berths.

The final boys and girls selected to complete the 12-member team will be chosen by U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Captain M.G. Orender and announced at the 35th Junior PGA Championship.

The U.S. Junior Ryder Cup points system consists of the following tiers: a premier tier event victory will be worth 675 points. Points are also awarded at top-tier event Championships, along with PGA Section Championships and USGA Section Championships. Only the Top-15 finishers in premier Championships, the Top-10 finishers in the top-event Championships, and the overall winner from The PGA and USGA Section Championships are eligible to earn points. In addition, The PGA of America is awarding points to those juniors who make the cut in a 2009/2010 PGA Tour, LPGA major or USGA national events.

A table outlining the 2009-10 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team points system follows:

Rank
2009-10 Premier Championships
2009-10 Top Event Championships
2010 PGA and USGA Section Championships

1ST
675

375
150

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
--

9TH
80
40
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10TH

40
20
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11TH-15TH
20

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A table outlining the 2009-10 Boys and Girls Premier events follows:

Tournament
Dates
Course
Place

U.S. Junior Amateur Championship

July 20-25, 2009
Trump National
Bedminster, N.J.

U.S. Girls Junior Championship
July 20-25, 2009

Trump National
Bedminster, N.J.

34th Junior PGA Championship
July 28-31, 2009
TPC River's Bend

Cincinnati, Ohio

Polo Golf Junior Classic
Nov. 21 -27, 2009
PGA National Resort
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Thunderbird International Junior
May 28-31, 2010
Grayhawk Golf Club
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Rolex Girls Junior Championship

June 14-17, 2010
TBA
TBA

FootJoy Boys Invitational
June 15-18, 2010

Sedgefield C.C.
Greensboro, N.C.

Rolex Tournament of Champions
June 28-July 1, 2010
Blessings Golf Club

Fayetteville, Ark.

U.S. Junior Amateur Championship
July 19-24, 2010
Egypt Valley Golf Club
Grand Rapids, Mich.

U.S. Girls' Junior Championship
July 19-24, 2010
C.C. of North Carolina
Pinehurst, N.C.

35th Junior PGA Championship

Aug. 2-5, 2010
Sycamore Hills Golf Club
Fort Wayne, Ind.

A table outlining the 2009-10 Boys and Girls Top Events follows:

Tournament
Dates
Course
Place

Junior Players Championship
Sept. 4-6, 2009
TPC Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The Ping Invitational

Oct. 10-12, 2009
Karsten Creek Golf Club
Stillwater, Okla.

U.S. Junior Masters
Dec. 20-23, 2009

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Orange Bowl International Junior
Dec. 27-30, 2009
Biltmore Golf Course

Coral Gables, Fla.

Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle
Dec. 28-30, 2009
Raven Golf Club
Phoenix, Ariz.

The Verizon Junior Heritage
Feb. 6-7, 2010
Ocean Course

Harbour Town G.L.
TBA

Harbour Town G.L.
Hilton Head, S/C/

Annika Invitational
Feb. 12-15, 2010
Reunion Resort

Orlando, Fla.

HP Boys Junior Championship
Feb. 12-15, 2010
The Club at Carlton Woods
Houston, Texas

Kathy Whitworth Girls Invitational
March 15-16, 2010
Mira Vista Golf Club
Ft. Worth, Texas

Scott Robertson Memorial

May 14-16, 2010
Roanoke Country Club
Roanoke, Va.

PGA Junior Series at Windyke
June 1-3, 2010

Windyke Country Club
Germantown (Memphis), Tenn.

PGA Junior Series at Kearney Hill
June 8-10, 2010
Kearney Hill Golf Links

Lexington, Ky.

PGA Junior Series at Arbor Links
June 14-15, 2010
Arbor Links
Nebraska City, Neb.

Western Junior Championship
June 21-25, 2010
Blue Mound Golf & CC
Milwaukee, Wis.

PGA Junior Series at Fox Run
June 22-24, 2010
Fox Run Golf Club
Eureka, Mo.

PGA Junior Series at USAFA

June 29-July 1, 2010
Air Force Academy
USAFA, Colo. Springs, Colo.

PGA Junior Series at Oak Tree
July 6-8, 2010

Oak Tree Country Club
Edmond, Okla.

PGA Junior Series at Stow Acres
July 12-14, 2010
Stow Acres Country Club

Stow, Mass.

Junior World Championships
July 12-16, 2010
Torrey Pines-North & South
San Diego

PGA Junior Series at Penn State
July 19-21, 2010
Penn State University
State College, Pa.

PGA Junior Series at Yahara Hills

July 24-26, 2010
Yahara Hills - West
Madison, Wis.

The U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team will depart the United States, on the evening of Sept. 22, and arrive into Scotland's Edinburgh International Airport on Thursday. They will then receive transportation to Perthshire, and play in practice rounds at The PGA Centenary Course, Sept. 24--26. Opening Ceremonies will kick off the event on Sept. 26, followed by foursomes in the morning of Sept. 27, and then Boy-Girl Best Ball on Monday afternoon. Singles matches will complete play on Sept. 28, followed by closing ceremonies on Tuesday afternoon. Participants in the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup will receive the opportunity to play a nine-hole friendship match prior (Wednesday) to the start of the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, U.K.. The matches will feature a mixed four-ball pairing of a USA boy/girl player competing against a boy/girl from Europe for the six matches, which will continue to build international friendships. The boys' and girls' on the team will then travel back home on Sept. 30, or may elect to stay with their parent or guardian chaperones and attend the opening ceremonies of the 38th Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, U.K., Sept. 30-Oct. 3. Complimentary Ryder Cup tickets will be offered to the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team and their parent or guardian chaperones.For further information about the Junior Ryder Cup, visit PGAJuniorseries.com, PGA.com/Juniors, JuniorRyderCup.com or call PGA of America Headquarters at (561) 624-8400.

Junior Ryder Cup Champions Through the Years

Year
Winner
Score
Location

1995 (Inaugural)
Europe
Not published
New York

1997

United States
7-5
Sotogrande, Spain

1999
Europe

10-1
Boston, Mass.

2002
Europe
9-2

Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland

2004
Europe
8-3
Westfield Center, Ohio

2006
Halved
6-6
Newport, Wales

2008

United States
22-2
Bowling Green, Ky.