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PGA of America announces official qualifying events for 2020 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (July 17, 2019) —  As the countdown begins to next year’s 12th Junior Ryder Cup at Blue Mound Golf and Country Club near Milwaukee, Sept. 21-22, 2020, the PGA of America has announced the official qualifying events and eligibility rules for the selection of the 2020 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team.

The U.S. Team will feature six boys and six girls who are U.S. citizens and members of the high school graduating class of 2021, or younger. All potential players must compete in the 2020 Girls or Boys Junior PGA Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to be eligible, unless exceptional circumstances prevent the player from competing. There will be 10 players who qualify as exemptions and two Captain’s picks. The final U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team will be announced by the PGA of America on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, following the 45th Girls Junior PGA Championship.

The American team is vying for its seventh straight victory in the biennial competition with Europe, and the United States holds an overall record of 7-3-1 in the event. 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, Suzanne Peterson, Emily Pedersen and Carlota Ciganda of Europe.

“We’re excited to open the competition to earn a spot on the 2020 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team,” said PGA Past President and 2020 United States Junior Ryder Cup Captain Derek Sprague. “The best junior golfers in the United States will comprise a formidable team that will travel to Milwaukee next year, as we proudly represent our country and compete against Europe’s top players in this special international event.”

To be eligible for the 2020 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team, all players must compete in their respective Junior PGA Championship and achieve one of the following qualifications:

Exemptions:

• 2020 Boys Junior PGA Champion and runner-up (total of 2 boys) - To be contested July 13-16, 2020 at PGA Golf Club. In an event there is a tie for 2nd place between two eligible players, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff immediately following play to determine the spot.*

• 2020 Girls Junior PGA Champion and runner-up (total of 2 girls) - To be contested July 28-31, 2020 at PGA Golf Club. In an event there is a tie for 2nd place between two eligible players, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff immediately following play to determine the spot.*

• 2020 U.S. Girls Junior Champion - To be contested in July 2020 at Eisenhower Golf Course in Colorado Springs, Colo.**

• 2020 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion - To be contested in July 2020 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.**

• Top two boys and top two girls from the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Points List (See charts below) which began awarding points at the 2019 Girls Junior PGA Championship at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, Conn., July 9-12 (won by Yuka Saso); and the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Inverness Club, in Toledo, Ohio, July 15-20 (boys). Events earning points will include: multiple AJGA Invitationals, USGA Junior Amateurs, Junior PGA Championships and select independent events, such as the Orange Bowl International Junior, Kathy Whitworth Girls Invitational and Scott Robertson Memorial. In addition, points are awarded to those juniors who make the cut in a 2019/2020 PGA Tour, LPGA Tour or USGA national event. 

*In the event of a tie for 2nd place between two eligible players in either the 2020 Girls Junior PGA Championship and/or 2020 Boys Junior PGA Championship, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff immediately following play to determine the spot. If the champion or runner-up is not eligible, the next highest ranked player on the corresponding U.S. Junior Ryder Cup points list will be selected. All U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Points List ties will be broken by each player’s respective 2020 Junior PGA Championship finish.

**If the 2020 U.S. Girls Junior Champion and/or the 2020 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion is not eligible, the next highest ranked player on the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup points list will be selected.

Captain’s Pick:

The final two spots will be one boy and one girl Captain's pick. For these selections, the PGA of America will consider multiple national ranking systems, such as Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, Junior Golf Scoreboard, Rolex AJGA Rankings and World Amateur Golf Rankings to pinpoint the remaining top boy and girl selections.

2020 U.S. JUNIOR RYDER CUP TEAM POINTS SYSTEM 

Rank

2019-2020 Premier Championships

2019-2020 Top Event Championships

Cuts Made in PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, USGA National Events (2019/2020)

1st

675

375

375 per cut made in each event

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

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9th

80

40

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10th

40

20

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11th - 15th

20

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2019-2020 GIRLS PREMIER EVENTS

44th Girls Junior PGA Championship

July 9-12, 2019

Keney Park Golf Course

Windsor, Conn.

U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship

July 22-27, 2019

SentryWorld

Stevens Point, Wisc.

Rolex Tournament of
Champions

Nov. 23-28, 2019

PGA National Resort and Spa

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

ANNIKA Invitational

January 2020

World Golf Village

St. Augustine, Fla.

Buick Shanshan Feng Girls
Invitational

February 2020

The Saticoy Club

Somis, Calif.

ANA Junior Inspiration

March 2020

Mission Hills Country Club

Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Thunderbird International Junior

May 2020

Grayhawk Golf Club – Raptor Course

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Rolex Girls Junior Championship

June 2020

The Golf Club 
at Briar's Creek

Johns Island, S.C.

Polo Golf Junior Classic#

June 2020

Liberty National Golf Club

Jersey City, N.J.

U.S. Girls' Junior Championship

July 2020

Eisenhower Golf Course

Colorado Springs, Colo.

45th Girls Junior PGA Championship

July 28-31, 2020

PGA Golf Club

Port St. Lucie, Fla.

#Only the 8 players advancing to elimination will receive points for the Polo Golf Junior Classic

2019-2020 GIRLS TOP EVENTS

AJGA Girls Championship

Aug. 30–Sept. 2, 2019

The Furman Golf Club

Greenville, S.C.

The Ping Invitational

Oct. 11-14 2019

Karsten Creek Golf Club

Stillwater, Okla.

Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle

Dec. 28 - 30, 2019

Longbow Golf Club

Mesa, Ariz.

Orange Bowl International Junior

Jan. 2-6, 2020

Biltmore Golf Course

Coral Gables, Fla.

The Sea Pines Junior Heritage

February 2020

Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head, S.C.

Kathy Whitworth Girls Invitational

March 2020

Mira Vista Country Club

Ft. Worth, Texas

Scott Robertson Memorial

May 2020

Roanoke Country Club

Roanoke, Va.

 2019-2020 BOYS PREMIER EVENTS

U.S. Junior Amateur Championship

July 15-20, 2019

Inverness Club

Toledo, Ohio

44th Boys Junior PGA Championship

July 30-Aug. 2, 2019

Keney Park Golf Course

Windsor, Conn.

Junior Players Championship

Aug. 30 –
Sept. 2, 2019

TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Rolex Tournament of Champions

Nov. 23-28, 2019

PGA National Resort and Spa

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

AJGA Simplify Boys Championship

February
2020

The Club at Carlton Woods – Fazio Course

The Woodlands, Texas

Junior Invitational

April 2020

Sage Valley Golf Club

Graniteville, S.C.

Thunderbird International Junior

May 2020

Grayhawk Golf Club – Raptor Course

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Wyndham Invitational

June 2020

Sedgefield Country Club – Donald Ross Course

Greensboro, N.C.

Polo Golf Junior Classic#

June 2020

Liberty National Golf Club

Jersey City, N.J.

45th Boys Junior PGA Championship

July 13-16, 2020

PGA Golf Club

Port St. Lucie, Fla.

U.S. Junior Amateur Championship

July 2020

Hazeltine National Golf Club

Chaska, Minn.

#Only the 8 players advancing to elimination will receive points for the Polo Golf Junior Classic

2019-2020 BOYS TOP EVENTS

Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational

Oct. 18-20, 2019

Country Club of Spartanburg

Spartanburg, S.C.

The Ping Invitational

Oct. 11-14, 2019

Karsten Creek Golf Club

Stillwater, Okla.

Jones Cup Junior Invitational

Dec. 19-21, 2019

Sea Island Golf Club

Sea Island, Ga.

Orange Bowl International Junior

January 2020

Biltmore Golf Course

Coral Gables, Fla.

The Sea Pines Junior Heritage

February 2020

Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head, S.C.

Scott Robertson Memorial

May 2020

Roanoke Country Club

Roanoke, Va.

Western Junior Championship

June 2020

Onwentsia Club

Lake Forest, Ill.

The idea for the Junior Ryder Cup came about in 1995, when a team of Europeans, including Sergio Garcia, 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, at Alcaidesa Links Golf Course, in Cadiz, Spain, and won by the United States, 7-5.

The United States captured the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup at Disneyland Paris 12 1/2 to 11 1/2 for its sixth consecutive victory. The U.S. holds a 7-3-1 overall record versus Europe.


YEAR

WINNER

SCORE

LOCATION

Inaugural

1997

United States

7 - 5

Sotogrande, Spain

2nd

1999

Europe

10½ - 1½

Boston

3rd

2002

Europe

9½ - 2½

Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland

4th

2004

Europe

8½ - 3½

Westfield Center, Ohio

5th

2006

Halved

6 - 6

Newport, Wales

6th

2008

United States

22-2

Bowling Green, Ky.

7th

2010

United States

13½ - 10½

Gleneagles, Scotland

8th

2012

United States

14½- 9½

Olympia Fields, Ill.

9th

2014

United States

16-8

Blairgowrie, Scotland

10th

2016

United States

15½ - 8½

Minneapolis

11th

2018

United States

12½ - 11½

Paris

12th

2020

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Wauwatosa, Wis.