Louis Anceaux (FRA) and Rocio Tejedo (ESP) lead the race to qualify for the 2023 European Junior Ryder Cup Team.
12 spots for junior (U18) players are available on the European team that will take on the USA in Rome from 26 to 28 September ahead of the 44th edition of the Ryder Cup.
Three girls and three boys will be automatically selected for the team through a season-long qualifying ranking. Eligible players score points for their performances at selected international amateur events across Europe.
The French International Junior Championships, contested over Easter weekend, marked the third events in the qualifying rankings for both boys and girls.
European team captain, Stephen Gallacher, travelled to the French capital to scout some of the continent’s top junior talent. The former Ryder Cup winner will select six players for the team that will travel to Rome in September.
Louis Anceaux was the star of the week at Golf de Saint-Germain. After finishing 5th in the stroke play qualifying, the French junior cruised through the first four match play rounds to earn a spot in the championship match with Scotland’s Connor Graham.
The 36-hole final looked like it was going to slip away from Anceaux, who found himself 3-down after 21 holes. The French player fought back to level the match however, extending the contest into sudden-death. Anceaux would ultimately claim the Carlhian Trophy, and the biggest title of his junior career, on the 3rd extra hole.
The win moves him from 5th up to pole position of the boys’ Ranking. Runner-up, Connor Graham, sits in second position, while leader after the first two events, Sean Keeling (IRL) currently occupies the final automatic selection spot.
In the girls’ event, the Esmond Trophy, Rocio Tejedo (ESP) continued her excellent run of form this season adding yet another top-5 finish to her resume. The Spanish junior reached the semi-finals at Golf de Saint Cloud in Paris, a performance good enough to keep her at the top of the qualifying rankings.
Meja Örtengren was the player of the week. The Swede, who lost in the semi-finals of the event last year, managed to defeat Rocio Tejedo in the semi-finals, and Andrea Revuelta in the final to claim the title. The win jumps her from 7th up to 2nd position in the ranking and into the automatic qualifying spots.
Nora Sundberg (SWE), who won the Spanish Amateur Championship last month, completes the top three after a tied 9th finish in Paris.
The German Boys and Girls Open, set to take place on the first week of June at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, will be the next chance for players to score points.
The full standings of both the boys and girls rankings can be downloaded below:
ABOUT THE JUNIOR RYDER CUP
The Junior Ryder Cup is a biennial international match contested between 12-player junior teams from Europe and the USA.
This year’s match will be held from September 26-28 in Rome. The first two days of play will be held at Golf Nazionale before the decisive singles matches are held at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, the Ryder Cup venue, on the eve of the 44th edition.
ABOUT THE 2023 EUROPEAN JUNIOR RYDER CUP QUALIFYING RANKINGS
Three boys and three girls will earn places on the European Junior Ryder Cup team through a season-long ranking system, which has been organised by the European Golf Association. The remaining six players will be selected by Stephen Gallacher, the European Junior Ryder Cup Captain.
Boys and girls who are citizens of a European country as defined by the International Golf Federation’s Nationality Policy, under 18 years of age on January 1, 2023, and who are not enrolled to play college golf in the USA during 2023 are eligible to participate in the 2023 Junior Ryder Cup.
Players will earn points for the Rankings based on their finishing position in selected elite amateur events in 2023. These points will be allocated using the World Amateur Golf Ranking system, with each player’s best four results counting towards their final point totals. The qualification process will end following The R&A Girls’ and Boys’ Amateur Championships on August 20, 2023. The full list of events can be found below:
PORTUGUESE INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR
MONTADO RESORT (POR)
28 FEB – 5 MAR
SPANISH INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR (COPA SM EL REY)
INFINITUM GOLF (ESP)
FRENCH INTERNATIONAL BOYS (MICHEL CARLHIAN TROPHY)
GOLF DE SAINT-GERMAIN (FRA)
GERMAN BOYS OPEN
ST. LEON-ROT (GER)
THE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
HILLSIDE & SOUTHPORT & AINSDALE (ENG)
28 JUN – 1 JUL
EUROPEAN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
PARNU BAY GOLF LINKS (EST)
EUROPEAN BOYS’ TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP*
EUROPEAN AMATEUR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP*
ROYAL WATERLOO (BEL)
R&A BOYS’ AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
GANTON & FULFORD (ENG)
25 – 28 JAN
PORTUGUESE INTERNATIONAL LADIES’ AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
MONTADO RESORT (POR)
28 FEB – 5 MAR
SPANISH INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP (COPA SM LA REINA)
LA RESERVA CLUB SOTOGRANDE (ESP)
FRENCH INTERNATIONAL GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP (ESMOND TROPHY)
GERMAN GIRLS OPEN
G.C. ST. LEON-ROT (GER)
THE WOMEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
ANNIKA INVITATIONAL EUROPE (GIRLS)
HALMSTAD GK (SWE)
EUROPEAN GIRLS’ TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP*
GOLF D’HOSSEGOR (FRA)
EUROPEAN LADIES’ TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP*
TAWAST G&CC (FIN)
EUROPEAN LADIES’ AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
TEGELBERGA GK (SWE)
R&A GIRLS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
GANTON & YORK (ENG)
*Points for the European Team Championships will be awarded based on finishing position in the stroke play qualifying only. The allocated points will be based on WAGR’s standard ‘power’ and distribution method.