The idea for the Junior Ryder Cup came about in 1995, when a team of Europeans played an informal exhibition match against Central New York PGA Section and area juniors.
Two years later the Junior Ryder Cup was formally introduced as an event in its own right, being played at Alcaidesa Links Golf Course in Cadiz, Spain and won by America 9-7.
In 1999 the contest was held at Country Club of New Seabury in Cape Cod, Massachusetts which Europe won 10½ - 11½, and Europe maintained their dominance over the next five years, winning 9½-2½ at The K Club in Ireland in 2002 and 8½-3½ at Westfield Group Country Club in Ohio in 2004.
The 2006 match was tied at The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, and two years ago the Americans won convincingly, 22-2 at The Club at Olde Stone in Kentucky.
The Junior Ryder Cup has been the platform from which successful professional careers have been launched for several players. Spaniard Sergio Garcia played in the 1995 exhibition match and four years later was part of the full European Team at The Country Club in Brookline, while Suzann Pettersen played in the Junior Ryder Cup in 1997 and 1999 before becoming Norway’s top female golfer and taking part in five Solheim Cups.
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy was in the victorious 2004 team and has become one of the most exciting young golfers of recent times, while for the American Hunter Mahan, having been in the 1999 team, has progressed to become a US PGA Tour winner and was one of Captain Paul Azinger’s picks for the 2008 contest at Valhalla Golf Club.
Other notable names are Oliver Fisher, who played in the 2004 Junior Ryder Cup and is now a rising star on The European Tour, and Matteo Manassero, who played in 2008 before winning the 2009 European Amateur Championship and the Silver Medal as leading amateur at The 138th Open Championship at Turnberry.
1997 - Europe 7 USA 9
1999 - USA 10½ Europe 11½
2002 - Europe 9½ USA 2½
2004 - USA 3½ Europe 8½
2006 - Europe 6 USA 6
2008 - USA 22 Europe 2
2010 - USA 13½ Europe 10½
2012 - USA 14½ Europe 9½