Olympia Fields Country Club  (Roddy Williams)
Olympia Fields Country Club (Roddy Williams)

The 2012 Ryder Cup Junior Match will take place from September 24 – 25 2012 at Olympia Fields in Illinois, USA.

The Ryder Cup Junior Match is a biennial contest between Europe and America, and the teams consist of boys and girls under the age of 18. The USA clinched the trophy in 2010, winning 13½-10½ at The Gleneagles Hotel.

The event is an international showcase of golf’s next generation, is designed to continue to build international friendships between top junior golfers in the United States and Europe. Notable past players include Rory McIlroy, Matteo Manassero, Carly Booth, Suzann Pettersen and Hunter Mahan.

Selection criteria 

Selections will target two under-16 boys, two under 16 girls, four under-18 girls and four under-18 boys to make the 12-player European team. Players must satisfy their respective age category as of January 1, 2012.

The European Young Masters (EYM), to be played at the Royal Balaton Golf Club Hungary in late July, will feature in selections once again with the girls’ and boys’ champion receiving automatic selection for the under-16 category. The remaining under-16 selections will be made by a committee comprising Captain Stuart Wilson, Assistant Captain Kristin Gunhildrud and representatives from the European Golf Association and The European Tour.

All under-18s will be subject to selection by the committee, who will be present at a number of key events, including the European Boys’ and Girls’ Team Championships.  Player performances in national level championships and standings in national and European Amateur Golf Rankings will also be reviewed.

The complete European team will be announced following the European Young Masters in late July.

Please click HERE for news on the European Captain for the 2012 Ryder Cup Junior Match.

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