As the latest edition of the Junior Ryder Cup fast approaches, we find out more about the girls and boys that will be making their way to Golf Disneyland® from September 24 – 25 as part of Team Europe…
Name: Annabell Fuller
Hometown: Roehampton, England
England’s Fuller has been on the international radar for around five years with a wide range of experience both on a national and international basis. Since 2013 Annabell has been part of regional and national squads that have earned her international places in tournaments such as the 2018 Curtis Cup Team representing Great Britain and Ireland, the European Nations Cup and European Ladies' Team Championship where she represented England, and then in the Asia Pacific Gold Confederation Junior Championship in Hong Kong where she represented Europe. Individually she has had multiple top-ten finishes in numerous events in the past few years, including wins in the 2016 Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the 2017 English U-16 Open Championship, both of which contributed to her current top-ten European amateur ranking.
Name: Ingrid Lindblad
Hometown: Halmstad, Sweden
As a current member of the Swedish National Girls Team, Ingrid regularly features in girls junior events both in and out of Sweden. From 71 competitive starts, she has ten wins including the 2017 Irish Girls Open Strokeplay Championship at Roganstown Golf Club in Dublin. This impressive form has continued into 2018 with five top-tens in eight starts, one of which was a win at the 2018 German Girls Open at Golf Club St. Leon Rot. Whilst this will be her debut in the Junior Ryder Cup, she is no stranger to international representation with a 2018 European Girls Team Championship under her belt as well as a sixth place in the Toyota Junior World Cup in Japan.
Name: Amanda Linnér
Hometown: Gothenburg, Sweden
Amanda joins fellow Swede Ingrid in making her Junior Ryder Cup debut in Paris, but, with impressive international representation already on her CV, will no doubt take it her stride. Having represented Sweden both and junior and senior level on the European stage at the European Ladies and Girls Team Championships, her team experience will be an asset to the European side. With 72 competitive outings in her amateur career, she has amassed an incredible 33 top-ten finishes including eight wins in various Swedish tournaments, as well as European-wide events such as the 2017 ANNIKA Invitational Europe and the Internationaux de France U21 Tropee Esmond, and is currently ranked inside the top-50 of the women's world amateur rankings.
Name: Alessia Nobilio
Hometown: Milan, Italy
Currently ranked the number one amateur in Europe, Alessia is a stalwart member of the Italian National line-up having been part of the victorious 2018 European Girls Team Championship squad. She has earned her ranking after a stream of excellent finishes across the past couple of years with five individual top-fives in 2018 and five top-tens in 2017 that included an International Juniors of Belgium win, and the Italian U18 Team Championship title. Alessia has also played in the Junior Solheim Cup squad with Amanda Linnér and Emma Spitz, bringing potentially useful European Team experience with them to Paris.
Name: Emilie Alba Paltrinieri
Hometown: Mogliano Veneto, Italy
Emilie makes her second Junior Ryder Cup appearance having earned a point in the 2016 Matches at Interlachen Country Club. Two key wins in 2016 set Emilie up for her appearance in the USA and this time around it was three top-tens and an international representation in the European Girls’ Team Championship that have seen her join Team Europe. Her matchplay skills are have been put to the test this year, but will stand her in good stead for this year’s matches after solid finishes at the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship and French International Lady Juniors 'Trophée Esmond’.
Hometown: Göllersdorf, Austria
Emma is making her second Junior Ryder Cup appearance this season, and her international experience has been developing for a number of years, with the biggest win of her career so far coming in August with the Girls' British Open Amateur Championship title at Ardglass in Northern Ireland. Her win has got her into the top-five female amateurs in Europe whilst securing a finally qualifying place for next year’s Women’s British Open, and inclusion in the inaugural field at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship. Having achieved her goal to play in the Junior Solheim Cup by the time she was 15, Emma looks set to achieve her future goal of becoming a professional golfer.
Name: Nicolai Hojgaard
Hometown: Billund, Denmark
Nicolai Hojgaard is one half of the now well-known Hojgaard twins partnership that has been making waves recently in amateur golf. Ranked in the top ten amateurs in the world, Nicolai won the 2018 European Amateur Championship in June which led to a starting spot in The Open Championship field at Carnoustie the next month, as well as spots in the Porsche European Open and his home national open, the Made in Denmark, in August. The European Amateur was Nicolai's third win of 2018 following victories in the Bravo Tours Open and Hovborg Kro Open in his homeland, along with a runner-up place in the Toyota Junior World Cup.
Name: Rasmus Hojgaard
Hometown: Billund, Denmark
The second half of the Hojgaard twins, Rasmus, joins his brother in Team Europe, becoming the first male twins to be part of the squad. Hailing from the birthplace of LEGO, the Billund native bested his brother by four shots to win the Toyota Junior World Cup in Japan earlier this year, and also competed in the Porsche European Open and Made in Denmark events on the European Tour.
Just a few weeks before the Junior Ryder Cup, Rasmus and Nicolai, together with teammate John Axelsen, were part of the victorious Danish Team that beat stiff competition from the USA, Spain and New Zealand at the 31st Eisenhower Trophy, earning the country’s first World Amateur Team Championship.
Name: Conor Gough
Hometown: Stoke Poges, England
Conor gained his place in the team after winning the 92nd Boys Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush in August, following in the footsteps of fellow Englishman, Matthew Fitzpatrick. The win not only earns him a Team Europe spot, but a start in the 124th Amateur Championship, and an exemption into Final Qualifying for The 148th Open. A current England Boys Squad Member, Conor has had strong international experience in his career already including representation this year at the European Boys Team Championships, being part of the winning GB&I team at The Jacques Leglise Trophy, and competing in the Allianz German Open 2018 at GC St. Leon-Rot in Germany alongside the Hojgaard twins.
Name: Robin Williams
Hometown: Peterborough, England
With the same middle name as one golfing great, Robin ‘Tiger’ Williams has got his golf career off to a fine start with a variety of individual and team representations in the past few years. Living up to Sky Sport’s comment as ‘one to watch’ in late 2017, Robin made his professional debut at the British Masters - emulating another great, Rory McIlroy, who also debuted at the same age and at the same tournament.
Following on from this appearance, solid results in early 2018 led to Robin competing in the European Boys Team Championships for England and for GB&I in The Jacques Leglise Trophy alongside fellow Team Europe member, Conor Gough.
Name: David Puig
Hometown: Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona native, Puig has been part of the Spanish junior national squads since the age of 14, and is currently a part of the Catalan Golf Federation’s high performance ‘Eagle’ program. Following in the footsteps of fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia who competed in the first Junior Ryder Cup when it was an exhibition match in 1995, Puig will be a key member of Team Europe, with a variety of National Championships under his belt, including U-12 and U-14 titles, a runner-up U-16 finish. Just a few weeks before heading to Paris for the Junior Matches, he won the Spanish Under-18 Strokeplay Championship at Club de Golf La Cañada in Cádiz, as well as competing for the Continent of Europe in the recent Jacques Leglise Trophy.
Name: Eduard Rousaud
Hometown: Barcelona, Spain
The second Spaniard to form part of Team Europe has had a parallel career to Puig’s with a wide variety of representations both nationally and internationally as part of the Spanish National Team. Also hailing from Barcelona, Eduard has earned several championships at national level, including the U-16 Championship title, and is also part of the Catalan Golf Federation’s ‘Eagle’ program. Eduard is known for his skills as a leader, having been captain of every team he has played in for Spain, and is a key asset for the national squad earning victories with Puig in the U-18 European Team Championship, along with competing twice in The Jacques Leglise Trophy for the Continent of Europe.
Name: Maïtena Alsuguren
The Deputy National Technical Director of French Golf, France’s Alsuguren will captain Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup for a second time in her native Paris this month.
Her first appearance as European Captain came at Interlachan Country Club in 2016 where her team of 12 were beaten by the United States 15½–8½.