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Qualification process for the 2020 Junior Ryder Cup announced

Posted on 09/12/2019

Ryder Cup Europe, European Junior Ryder Cup Captain Paul Lawrie and the European Golf Association have confirmed the selection process for The 2020 European Junior Ryder Cup team.

The six boys and six girls, who will take on the USA at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club, Wisconsin, from September 21-22, 2020, will be selected based on performances in international events in the coming season.

Boys and girls who are citizens of a European country as defined by IGF’s Nationality Policy, under 18 years of age on 1 January 2020, and who are not enrolled to play college golf in the USA during 2020 are eligible to participate in The 2020 Junior Ryder Cup.

Three boys and three girls will earn their places on the team through a points-based Order of Merit system. Using the World Amateur Golf Ranking, the Order of Merit will award points based on finishing position in these events. The qualification process will end following the R&A Girls’ and Boys’ Amateur Championships on August 15 and 16, 2020, respectively.

The remaining six players will be selected by Paul Lawrie, with performances specifically in international events, including the European Young Masters, and positions in the EGA European Amateur Golf Rankings expected to prove important in the decision. Selection in the Jacques Léglise and Junior Vagliano Trophies will also be highly regarded, as will strong performances in previous editions of The Junior Ryder Cup.

“I’m excited for the qualification process to begin,” said Lawrie. “The prospect of seeing how Europe’s best young golfers perform over the course of the next ten months or so is fascinating, and I’m looking forward to getting to some of these events to watch as many as possible in action.”

The Junior Ryder Cup, held biennially in the build-up to The Ryder Cup, sees the best male and female junior amateurs from Europe and the USA go head-to-head in a mixed event.

Many of world golf’s biggest starts have in the past featured in the junior competition before excelling at The Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup. Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy both succeeded in the event before also winning The Ryder Cup, while Suzanne Peterson and Carlota Ciganda both triumphed as amateurs before lifting the Solheim Cup.

Boys’ Events:

TournamentDate (2020)Venue
Spanish International Amateur Championship (Copa S.M. El Rey)26 Feb – 1 MarReal Club Sevilla Golf, Spain
French International Boys’ Championship (Carlhian Trophy)9 – 13 AprGolf des Aisses, France
Lytham Trophy1 – 3 MayRoyal Lytham & St Annes GC, England
German Boys’ Open4 – 6 JunGC St. Leon-Rot, Germany
The Amateur Championship15 – 20 JunRoyal Birkdale & West Lancashire GC, England
European Amateur Championship24 – 27 JunGolf du Médoc Resort, France
European Amateur Team Championship7 – 11 JulHilversumsche GC, Netherlands
European Boys’ Team Championship (Jean-Louis Dupont Trophy)7 – 11 JulUpsala GC, Sweden
R&A Boys’ Amateur Championship11 – 16 AugMoortown GC & Alwoodley GC, England

Girls’ Events:

TournamentDate (2020)Venue
Portuguese International Ladies’ Amateur Championship29 Jan – 1 FebMontado Golf Resort, Portugal
Spanish International Ladies’ Amateur Championship (Copa S.M. La Reina)26 Feb – 1 MarRCG Tenerife, Spain
French International Girls’ Championship (Esmond Trophy)9 – 13 AprSaint Cloud GC, France
German Girls’ Open4 – 6 JunGC St. Leon-Rot, Germany
The Women’s Amateur Championship23 – 27 JunKilmarnock (Barassie) GC, Scotland
European Ladies’ Team Championship7 – 11 JulGC Escorpión, Spain
European Girls’ Team Championship7 – 11 JulROSA Private GC, Poland
European Ladies’ Amateur Championship22 – 25 JulKytäjä Golf, Finland
R&A Girls’ Amateur Championship11 – 15 AugSouthport & Ainsdale GC, England

European Countries for Junior Ryder Cup European Team Eligibility

AlbaniaEstoniaLiechtensteinRussian Federation
AndorraFinlandLithuaniaSan Marino
AustriaGeorgiaNorth MacedoniaSlovak Republic
Bosnia and HerzegovinaIcelandMontenegroSwitzerland
BulgariaIrelandThe NetherlandsTurkey
CyprusItalyPolandUnited Kingdom
Czech RepublicKazakhstan Portugal
DenmarkLatvia Romania