The 11th Junior Ryder Cup between the United States and Europe got off to a sublime start after a spectacular Opening Ceremony at Disneyland® Paris.
Players, officials and key figures in the golfing world attended Disneyland® Paris to bear witness to a fun-filled Opening Ceremony, held in the centre of the world-renowned park.
Master of Ceremonies and French golfing legend Jean van de Velde welcomed the teams to France and one of the most well-known sites in Europe.
Golf Disneyland, located east of the French capital on the grounds of Disneyland® Paris, will host the tournament, which is a celebration of the development work undertaken at grassroots level on both sides of the Atlantic.
The venue, which has already proven its pedigree by hosting European Challenge Tour events in 1993 and 2011, is situated 60 kilometres from Le Golf National, the host venue of The 2018 Ryder Cup.
Like The Ryder Cup, the Junior Ryder Cup is a biennial contest between Europe and America, but with each team consisting of six boys and six girls under the age of 18.
During the Opening Ceremony both European Captain Maïtena Alsuguren and United States Captain Allen Wronowski spoke highly of their talented teams.
“The team are looking really strong and I think we are in store for some great matches,” said Alsuguren.
“The build up at Disney has been very fun and it is now great to focus on the matches ahead.
“Our team are ready to fight and I will not have to push them too much as they are all raring to go.”
“The team feels stronger than new rope,” said Wronowski. “We are fired up and ready. The team have been hitting some great shots in the practice round and I have seen so much already not just in their play but in their chemistry too.
“It’s a unique experience to be able to work with these young men and women who are so talented and are already used to high level competition – we had Rachel Heck make the cut in the Evian Championship and come tied 44th.
“We only have one repeat Junior Ryder Cup player. For many of them it’s their first time across the pond, and to come to a magical place like Disney is very special – they have done a great job here.”
The teams were also addressed by dignitaries representing both the PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe.
The Junior Ryder Cup has been the platform from which many successful careers have been launched, most notably: Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Hunter Mahan, Nicolas Colsaerts, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Tony Finau, Lexi Thompson and Suzann Pettersen.
A total of five former Junior Ryder Cup players will compete in The Ryder Cup this year: McIlroy and Garcia for Europe, against with Spieth, Thomas and Finau from the United States.
The 2018 Junior Ryder Cup will be contested from September 24-25 at Golf Disneyland. Admission to the Junior Ryder Cup is free and open to the public.
Junior Ryder Cup teams:
- Nicolai Hojgaard, 17, Denmark
- Rasmus Hojgaard, 17, Denmark
- David Puig, 16, Spain
- Eduard Rousaud Sabate, 18, Spain
- Conor Gough, 16, England
- Robin Williams, 16, England
- Emma Spitz, 18, Austria
- Emilie Alba Paltrinieri, 17, Italy
- Alessia Nobilio, 17, Italy
- Annabell Fuller, 16, England
- Amanda Linner, 17, Sweden
- Ingrid Lindblad, 18, Sweden
- Akshay Bhatia, 16, Wake Forest, North Carolina
- Canon Claycomb, 16, Bowling Green, Kentucky
- Michael Thorbjornsen, 16, Wellesley, Massachusetts
- Ricky Castillo, 17, Yorba Linda, California
- William Moll, 17, Houston
- Cole Ponich, 18, Farmington, Utah
- Lucy Li, 15, Redwood Shores, California
- Yealimi Noh, 16, Concord, California
- Rose Zhang, 15, Irvine, California
- Rachel Heck, 16, Memphis, Tennessee
- Erica Shepherd, 17, Greenwood, Indiana
- Alexa Pano, 14, Lake Worth, Florida
Junior Ryder Cup Monday morning Foursome pairings (all times GMT+2)
Time Europe USA
8:30 a.m. Alessia Nobilio and Emilie Alba Paltrinieri vs Yealimi Noh and Rachel Heck
8:40 a.m. Nicolai Hojgaard and Rasmus Hojgaard vs Akshay Bhatia and Michael Thorbjornsen
8:50 a.m. Ingrid Lindblad and Emma Spitz vs Alexa Pano and Rose Zhang
9:00 a.m. David Puig and Eduard Rousaud Sabate vs Canon Claycomb and Ricky Castillo
9:10 a.m. Amanda Linner and Annabell Fuller vs Lucy Li and Erica Shepherd
9:20 a.m. Conor Gough and Robin Williams vs William Moll and Cole Ponich
Junior Ryder Cup Schedule (all times GMT+2)
Monday, Sept. 24 8:30 a.m. Session One – Foursomes
Monday, Sept. 24 1:20 p.m. Session Two – Mixed Fourball
Tuesday, Sept. 25 9:00 a.m. Session Three – Singles
Tuesday, Sept. 25 3:30 p.m. Trophy Presentation
Wednesday, Sept. 26 3:00 p.m. GolfSixes Match
GolfSixes at The Ryder Cup featuring Junior Ryder Cup teams
The GolfSixes match is an exhibition event which will feature the European and US teams from the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup. The matches are played over six holes (1, 2, 15, 16, 17, 18), in a Mixed Greensomes Match Play format. Each hole won is worth a point and the pairing with the most points after six holes wins the match. The team with most matches won, wins the GolfSixes at The Ryder Cup. Total number of holes won will decide the winner in the event of a draw.
Travel to the event
To drive to the tournament using a SatNav please use the following details: latitude: 48.876077 and longitude: 2.79646 (Disneyland Paris Parking), street: Boulevard de Parc, town: Serris/Coupvray, department: 77700.
Car parking fees for the Disney Car Park are as follows: cars (including car with bicycle or ski box on top and car with a trailer under two metres high): €25, vehicle over two metres high: €25, campervan: €40 and motorbike: €20.
To travel to the event by train visit the following station: Disneyland Paris (Marne-la-Vallée Chessy). From there follow directions for Junior Ryder Cup shuttles which will take you to and from Golf Disneyland.