England internationals Bronte Law and Toby Tree have been selected for the European team for the 2012 Junior Ryder Cup, which takes place at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois, USA from September 24 – 25.
The team, comprising two under-16 boys, two under-16 girls, four under-18 boys and four under-18 girls, will attempt to regain the trophy from the USA after a 13½ – 10½ defeat at The Gleneagles Hotel in 2010.
Bronte Law, 17, from Bramhall in Cheshire, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) was in GB&I’s winning Curtis Cup team at Nairn in June. She first represented England girls in 2010 and became a full England international last year. This season she has been runner-up in the French lady junior championship, tied fourth in the British women’s stroke play and was third in the English girls’ championship.
Tree, 18, from Worthing in Sussex, is a former under 16 international, has played as a boy and full international this year and made his full debut against France in May. He was also a member of the winning England team in the Boys’ Home Internationals and reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship.
The Junior Ryder Cup was formally introduced in 1997, following an exhibition match between teams of boys and girls from Europe and the United States in 1995. It traditionally takes place just before The Ryder Cup.
The Junior Ryder Cup celebrates the progress and hard work taking place at the grass roots level of golf, which helps talented young players develop into national team amateurs and some even to The Ryder Cup itself.
The collaboration between PGA professionals and junior organisers at club level and PGAs and governing bodies at a national level help these youngsters develop into Junior Ryder Cup players. The Junior Ryder Cup promotes friendship and good sportsmanship between the best junior golfers from the US and Europe.
It has been the platform from which successful professional careers have been launched for numerous 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 six Solheim Cups.
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy was in the victorious 2004 team, since when he has won two Major Championships and will represent Europe for a second time in The 2012 Ryder Cup. For the Americans, Hunter Mahan, having been in the 1999 junior team, has progressed to become a US PGA Tour winner and was part of the 2008 and 2010 US Ryder Cup teams.
European team: Quirine Eijkenboom (Germany), Dominic Foos (Germany), Bronte Law (England), Harang Lee (Spain), Gavin Moynihan (Ireland), Renato Paradore (Italy), Emily Pedersen (Denmark), Covadonga Sanjuan (Spain), Matthias Schwab (Austria), Linnea Strom (Sweden), Victor Tarnstrom (Sweden), Toby Tree (England).