USA retains the Junior Ryder Cup

Toby Tree courtesy The PGA of America

The United States, powered by a strong singles performance, captured its third consecutive Junior Ryder Cup, 14½ to 9½, yesterday afternoon at Olympia Fields Country Club, Illinois.

The European team, which included England internationals Bronte Law and Toby Tree, were trailing by two points at the start of the 12 singles and were unable to make up the deficit, winning 5½ points from the session.

Tree contributed a half in the singles, to add to the half he earned in the foursomes, and is pictured with opponent Cameron Champ at the end of their game (Image courtesy The PGA of America). Law, meanwhile, lost her singles only on the last hole.

The Junior Ryder Cup, a premier international team match-play competition, features 12 junior golfers from the United States hosting their European counterparts.The United States now owns a 4-3-1 overall record in the Junior Ryder Cup, and has not lost since 2004 at Westfield Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio. The matches were halved 6-6 in 2006 at The Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales.

The United States battled to a 7-5 lead after the first day of foursomes and mixed four-balls, then sprinted out in the singles by winning four of its first five matches.

U.S. captain Roger Warren commented: “We are really fortunate to have won, because these teams are so evenly matched and each have such a wealth of talent.

“We came because we wanted to compete and win. But in the end it was all about friendships and goodwill between the teams that made this a truly special experience.”

European Captain Stuart Wilson enjoyed his experience and is looking forward to being captain again in 2014 when the Junior Ryder Cup visits Blairgowrie Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland.

“The players really enjoyed themselves this week and we battled all the way down to the final match,” said Wilson. “It will be an honour to captain the team again in 2014 when we go to Scotland and we will hope for a better result.”

Today both teams will play a “Friendship” Match” at Medinah Country Club, venue of the 39th Ryder Cup.

The “Friendship” Match will feature a combined mixed four-ball, with six groupings of four players that includes one girl and one boy from both Europe and the United States. The teams will play a composite course of 10 total holes, blending both front-nine and back-nine holes. Play will begin on the first hole.

You can follow the conversation online by using the hashtag #2012JrRyderCup.

Europe trail USA in Junior Ryder Cup

25 September 2012

Europe’s Junior Ryder Cup team – which includes England internationals Bronte Law and Toby Tree – are trailing the USA by two points after yesterday’s foursomes and all but one of the mixed fourballs.

One match remained on the course at the end of the day, due to darkness, with the USA 1up after 16 holes.  Play at Olympia Fields Country Club, Illinois, was delayed by 90 minutes in the morning due to frost.

The Junior Ryder Cup, a premier international team match-play competition, features 12 junior golfers from the United States hosting their European counterparts. Today they all play singles matches.

Toby Tree (Worthing) and his partner, Gavin Moynihan of Ireland, halved their foursomes, while Bronte Law (Bramhall) and Germany’s Quirine Eijkenboom – playing in the top match – were beaten 3/2. Tree and Law paired up for the afternoon mixed fourballs but lost one down

European Junior Ryder Cup Captain Stuart Wilson is looking forward to singles play today and the opportunity to capture the team’s first Junior Ryder Cup since 2006.

“There are still a lot of points to play for tomorrow,” said Wilson.  “My players will have no problem getting motivated for tomorrow and hopefully we can close well and see what happens.”

You can follow the conversation online about the 8th Junior Ryder Cup by using the hashtag #2012JrRyderCup.

European team image courtesy of The PGA of America