Junior Ryder Cup history
Colsaerts & Cabrera-Bello
Junior Ryder Cup history


Future stars dominate 1999 Junior Ryder Cup

The Junior Ryder Cup was formally introduced as its own event in 1997 and saw the USA team defeat the Europeans 9-7 at Alcaidesa Links Golf Course in Cadiz, Spain. 

However, fast forward two years and Europe would be celebrating their first Junior Ryder Cup victory after a 10 ½ - 1 ½ demolishing of the Americans on their soil at the Country Club of New Seabury. 

And when you dig deeper into the squad, it comes as no surprise as to why this team was so successful. 

Rafa Cabrera Bello, Nicolas Colsaerts and Suzann Pettersen all appeared on Team Europe that week, with Hunter Mahan the standout name on the American side. 

The trio of Europeans now have 37 professional wins between them, as well as Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup appearances to add. 

In fact, Pettersen has been a prolific winner in her career so far picking up 15 LPGA Tour titles, seven Ladies European Tour victories and Major triumphs at the Women’s PGA Championship and the Evian Championship. She has also represented Europe at the Solheim Cup on eight occasions. 

Cabrera Bello impressed on his Ryder Cup debut in 2016 going unbeaten and picking up 2 ½ points for his team. Colsaerts also impressed on his maiden appearance in 2012 and was unlucky not to pick up more than just a solo point. 

Speaking after the 1999 Junior Ryder Cup, Colsaerts said: “I didn’t expect to win like that because they had a strong team but they were pretty young – two years ago we had a young team so we had a lot of experience going into this week.

“Our team spirit was key and even if you won or lost your match it was really important to go out and follow the others to pump them up for their games.

“I am now really excited to go to The Ryder Cup and I can’t wait to go and follow the European team – and if they can win it would be marvellous.”

Unfortunately, the US would come out successful at the 1999 Ryder Cup, but that “marvellous” feeling would return in 2012 as the Belgian played a key part in the miracle of Medinah.