U.S. Keeps Junior Ryder Cup


Final-Round Update

The United States was able to build on its lead from Monday and retain the Junior Ryder Cup, defeating Europe, 13 1/2-10 1/2, at Gleneagles Resort in Scotland.


With the U.S. up 9-3 at the start of the day, the Europeans needed a strong start in singles matches Tuesday. Europe won the first match, but then lost three of the next four to end its chance for a comeback.


The U.S. captured its first victory abroad to retain the cup in its second consecutive win.


Click here for full results from the Junior Ryder Cup. 

First-Round Update

Looking to defend their title from 2008, the U.S. took an early 9-3 lead over the Europeans Monday in Perthshire, Scotland. 


Winning five of the six foursome matches and losing just two mixed four-ball matches Monday, the U.S. put themselves in a strong position to retain the cup.


Read Golfweek’s report to get all the first-round action from Scotland.


Eleven AJGA players made the trip to Scotland to represent the U.S. in the fifth annual Junior Ryder Cup this week. The competition will be held Sept. 27-28 at Gleneagles Resort.


AJGA players competing for team USA are: Anthony Paolucci of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Jordan Spieth of Dallas, Jim Liu of Smithtown, N.Y., Denny McCarthy of Burtonsville, Md., Oliver Schniederjans of Powder Springs, Ga., Justin Thomas of Goshen, Ky., Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif., Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., Doris Chen, of Bradenton, Fla., Ginger Howard of Bradenton, Fla., and Emma Talley of Princeton, Ky.


After defeating the Europeans 22-2 for its first-ever Junior Ryder Cup victory in 2008, the U.S. will attempt to defend the title. With all six boys ranked in the top-10 of the Polo Golf Rankings, and four of the top-15 ranked girls, the U.S. is poised to put up a fight for a victory abroad.


Paolucci and Spieth will compete as the only returning players from the 2008 group.


Two Invitational victories in 2010 have lifted Paolucci to the No. 1 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings. Not a stranger to international competition, Paolucci finished tied for seventh at the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy in England earlier this month.


Ranked No. 3 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Spieth heads to Scotland fresh off a second-place showing at The Junior PLAYERS Championship, where he finished one-stroke short of champion Michael Johnson.


McCarthy earned an automatic spot on the team with his victory at the PGA Championship and has accumulated nine career top-five finishes in national junior golf competition.


Howard secured her spot on the team with a runner-up finish at the PGA Championship, losing on the third playoff hole. Howard will be the first African-American woman to play in the event.


Lee also earned an automatic exemption with her first-place ranking on the Junior Ryder Cup points list. Lee is ranked No. 5 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has claimed two AJGA titles in 2010.


Read more information about the event and the players from the PGA of America

and in Golfweek’s preview of the tournament.