England’s Annabel picked for Junior Ryder Cup

Annabel Dimmock

England’s Annabel Dimmock has been selected for the European team for the Junior Ryder Cup which takes place at Blairgowrie Golf Club, Scotland, from September 22-23.

The 17-year-old Curtis Cup player is one of 12 young amateur stars who will take on USA. The match takes place just before the Ryder Cup itself, which will be played at Gleneagles from September 26-28.

Annabel, from Wentworth in Surrey (image © Leaderboard Photography), is ranked in the world’s top 30 amateurs and will also represent Team GB in the Summer Youth Olympic Games in China later this month. This season she has won the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play title and the matchplay Jones Doherty Cup in the USA. She was runner-up in the Welsh open stroke play, the South Atlantic ladies’ amateur and the Spanish amateur.  

The team was announced by captain Stuart Wilson at the conclusion of the European Young Masters at Hamburger Golf Club in Germany. It includes Amateur Champion Bradley Neil of Scotland who will be playing at his home club. He will be joined by British ladies’ champion Emily Pederson, who will take part in her second Junior Ryder Cup.

Among the other players are John Axelsen of Denmark who recently won the English boy’s U16 open championship for the McGregor Trophy.

The team will be completed by: Mathilda Cappeliez (France), Alexandra Försterling (Germany), Virginia Carta (Italy), Linea Strom (Sweden), Max Schmitt (Germany), Ivan Cantero (Spain), Marcus Kinhult (Sweden) and Renato Paratore (Italy).

Stuart Wilson said: “I know that they will have an unforgettable week made up with great golf, lots of memories and new friendships. Hopefully their selection will be a stepping stone to further success in their golfing careers.”

Fredrik Lindgren, Director of The Junior Ryder Cup, added: “The Junior Ryder Cup is always a thrilling event which showcases some of the best up and coming international talent. It is a fantastic way to get involved in the whole ethos of sporting excellence and camaraderie that The Ryder Cup represents and we are looking forward to a superb event at Blairgowrie.”

The biennial event is an international showcase of golf’s next generation, and 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, Suzann Pettersen, Carlota Ciganda and Hunter Mahan.

The USA retained the trophy in 2012, winning at Olympia Fields in Chicago, and the Americans are aiming for four wins in a row this year.