Junior Ryder Cup winning Team USA
(Junior Ryder Cup Photo)
EDINA, MN (September 27, 2016) -- The United States
won its fifth straight Junior Ryder Cup with a 15 1/2 to
8 1/2 victory over Europe at Interlachen Country Club,
as the American Team of 12 top boys and girls players
from across the country came out firing on all cylinders.
Eugene Hong, of Orlando, clinched the winning
point on No. 18, as he sunk a five-foot par putt, to
halve the hole, and a 1-up win over Matias Honkala, of
“One team won, and one team did not,” said United
States Junior Ryder Cup Captain Jim Remy during the
Closing Ceremony, as he accepted the Junior Ryder Cup
Trophy from PGA President Derek Sprague. “Yet, golf
won today. This was a tremendous championship.”
“Even though we lost, I’m still very proud of my
team,” said European Junior Ryder Cup Captain Maitena
Alsuguren. “I’m sure we will see many of them on the
European Tour and the Ladies’ European Tour in the
years to come, and I’m also sure we will come back
strong in the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup.”
With nine of the 12 players on the U.S. team
ranked among the Top 10 junior boys and girls in the
world, the American squad built off a 7 to 5 lead
amassed the day before in foursomes and mixed four-
ball, and were off to the races. It was an impressive
performance by the Americans, as they won the singles
matches by a solid five points, 8 1/2 to 3 1/2.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I expect the team
to be this good, not just in golf, but in the way they and
the Europeans conducted themselves,” said Remy, the
36th President of the PGA of America.
Patrick Welch, 16, of Providence, Rhode Island,
steered the charge with a dominating 5 & 4 win over
France’s Adrien Pendaries. Closing out in 14 holes,
Welch was a scintillating 6-under par, with a round that
featured a 35-foot putt for eagle on Hole No. 9, in
addition to five birdies and just one bogey.
“This was probably my best round maybe ever,”
said Welch, who was runner-up in the 2016 Junior PGA
Championship this past summer. “I was just really solid.
I think I just missed one or two greens and made a lot
of putts. I’m definitely happy with the way I
Welch and Wake Forest commit Emilia Migliaccio, of
Cary, North Carolina, both were undefeated at 3-0 on
Another solid point was put on the board by Lucy
Li, 13, of Redwood Shores, California, who won in
dominating fashion, 6 & 4. The 2016 Junior PGA
Champion, Li was also the youngest player in U.S.
Women’s Open history, when she played in the event
two years ago.
United States Captain Jim Remy saw a lot of U.S.
red on the board from the outset, as the Americans
raced to an early lead and never looked back.
The 2018 Junior Ryder Cup will be held at
Disneyland Golf near Paris, in conjunction with the 42nd
ABOUT THE Junior Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup-style matches between 12-person
junior teams from the United States and Great
Britain & Ireland. Format includes foursomes,
mixed four-ball and singles competition. The
United States Junior Ryder Cup Team consists of
six boys and six girls who are American citizens
and are members of next year's high school
graduating class or younger.
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