Junior Ryder Cup boasts history of showcasing top international juniors

Rory McIlroy and Luke Guthrie
The PGA of America
A teenaged Rory McIlroy (second from left) faced off with a teenaged Luke Guthrie (second from right) in the 2004 Junior Ryder Cup. Now McIlroy is ranked No. 1 in the world and Guthrie has become a sensation on the Web.com Tour.
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The PGA of America

Series: PGA Feature

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 | 3:42 p.m.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The Junior Ryder Cup, which features an impressive list of today's notable professional and amateur golfers, traces its roots back to 1995.

JUNIOR RYDER CUP

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In September of that year, a series of exhibition matches were conducted, with Central New York PGA Section-area juniors competing against 12 leading European junior players. The Europeans toured three New York courses and no results were published.

The inaugural Junior Ryder Cup was contested prior to the 1997 Ryder Cup in Sotogrande, Spain. The U.S. won, 7-5.

In 1999, Europe returned to face the U.S. juniors, and dominated at the Country Club of New Seabury in the Boston area by a 10 1/2-to-1 1/2 margin.

This marked the first of three-straight Junior Ryder Cup victories for the Europeans. In 2006, however, the United States team was able to halve the Junior Ryder Cup, 6-6, at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales.

In 2010, the United States Junior Ryder Cup team won its second consecutive trophy with a narrow 13 1/2 to 10 1/2 triumph at Gleneagles Resort in Perthshire, Scotland. It was the second consecutive victory for the U.S., following a 22-2 domination in 2008 in Bowling Green, Ky.

Below is a snapshot of notable players who have competed in the Junior Ryder Cup and the years they competed:
 
1995 ( Exhibition)
Sergio Garcia

1997
Suzann Pettersen
Beth Bauer

1999
Hunter Mahan
Ty Tryon
Suzann Pettersen
Nicolas Colsaerts
Rafael Cabrera-Bello

2002
Emma Cabrera-Bello

2004
Luke Guthrie
Rory McIlroy
Belen Mozo
Oliver Fisher

2006
Bud Cauley
Vicky Hurst

2008
Jordan Spieth
Alexis Thompson
Matteo Manassero
Jennifer Johnson
Carly Booth

2010
Justin Thomas
Jordan Spieth