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Official boys and girls standings for 2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup team

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. (June 19, 2018) – The PGA of America has announced the current Official Standings for the 2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team, as of June 19, 2018. The U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team will feature six boys and six girls who are U.S. citizens and members of the high school graduating class of 2019, or younger.

The 11th Junior Ryder Cup will be contested between the U.S. and Europe at Disneyland Paris, Sept. 24-25. The American team is vying for its sixth straight victory in the biennial competition.

Among the Junior Ryder Cup alumni are major champions, PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players including: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Hunter Mahan, Tony Finau, Lexi Thompson, Alison Lee and Brittany Altomare of the United States; and Rory McIllroy, Sergio Garcia, Nicolas Colsaerts, Suzann Pettersen, Emily Pedersen and Carlota Ciganda of Europe.

The six girls who qualify for the team will be announced on July 23, following the U.S. Girls Junior Championship. The six boys who will join them on the team will be announced following the conclusion of the Boys Junior PGA Championship on Aug. 3. There will be 10 players who qualify as exemptions, as well as two Captain’s picks made by PGA Past President/2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Captain Allen Wronowski, PGA.

 

2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team

Official Boys Point Standings

(through Wyndham Invitational presented by BB&T - as of June 19, 2018)

Last name First name Class Hometown Points
Bhatia Akshay 2020 Wake Forest, N.C. 2185
Castillo Ricky 2019 Yorba Linda, Calif. 1075
Claycomb Canon 2020 Bowling Green, Ky. 775
Ponich Cole 2019 Farmington, Utah 735
Wotnosky Grayson 2020 Wake Forest, N.C. 595
Mouw William 2019 Chino, Calif. 520
Fountain Peter 2020 Raleigh, N.C. 520
Beber-Frankel Jake 2020 Miami 500
Thorbjornsen Michael 2020 Wellesley, Mass. 480
Moll William 2019 Houston 455
Smith Ryan 2020 Carlsbad, Calif. 360
Merchent Clay 2019 Noblesville, Ind. 360
Sargent Gordon 2021 Birmingham, Ala. 320

 

Note: The next boys 2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team points update will follow the Polo Golf Junior Classic in early July.

2018 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team

Official Girls Point Standings

(through Rolex Girls Junior Championship - as of June 19, 2018)

Last name First name Class Hometown Points
Li Lucy 2020 Redwood Shores, Calif. 2975
Zhang Rose 2021 Irvine, Calif. 2620
Heck Rachel 2020 Memphis, Tenn. 2225
Noh Yealimi 2019 Concord, Calif. 2110
Shepherd Erica 2019 Greenwood, Ind. 2020
Navarrosa Brianna 2020 San Diego 1270
Seay Brooke 2019 Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 1110
Morard Michaela 2020 Huntsville, Ala. 1075
Pano Alexa 2022 Lake Worth, Fla. 1075
Campos Zoe 2021 Valencia, Calif. 1070
Englemann Sadie 2020 Austin, Texas 855

Note: The next girls 2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team points update will follow the Polo Golf Junior Classic in early July.

The idea for the Junior Ryder Cup came about in 1995, when a team of Europeans played an informal exhibition match against the 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, while played at Alcaidesa Links Golf Course, in Cadiz, Spain, and won by America, 9-7.

The United States captured the 2016 Junior Ryder Cup at Interlachen Country Club in Minnesota, 15 1/2 to 8 1/2. A total of 10 players from the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Team are slated to be on NCAA Division I college golf rosters for the 2018-19 school year. Meanwhile, 2016 U.S. Team Member Norman Xiong, who received the Jack Nicklaus Award as 2018 NCAA Division I National Player of the Year, just turned professional.