Europe ended a run of six straight defeats in the Junior Ryder Cup as they secured a European record 11-point victory over the United States at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome.
Team Europe entered the final day single matches with a six point lead after a remarkable clean sweep in Wednesday's four-balls at Golf Nazionale in Rome, and they drove home their home advantage with seven victories and three ties in 12 Thursday singles matches to triumph by 20 ½ to 9 ½.
Germany’s Helen Briem provided the Europeans with some early momentum after her 2&1 win over Yana Wilson, before Kris Kim defeated Miles Russell 5&4 to extend Europe’s advantage.
Spaniard Andrea Revuelta holed the winning putt to get Team Europe's hands on the trophy for the first time since 2006 when they retained the trophy following a draw at Celtic Manor.
Scotland’s Connor Graham overcame American Jay Leng Jr 1 UP, while Swede Meja Örtengren defeated Gianna Clemente 3&2. Irishman Sean Keeling and Italian Giovanni Binaghi produced the two other European victories.
European Junior Ryder Cup Captain Stephen Gallacher was delighted to bring home the trophy for his side and believes the future is bright for European golf.
“It feels absolutely amazing,” he said. “I am so proud of this team and what they have achieved. The team spirit has been unbelievable, and it has been a privilege to be their Captain.
“Every player took control of their own game and they’ve done everything I could have asked of them. The standard of golf has blown me away and it has been inspiring to watch. We are looking at future Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup stars.
“The Kids have been fantastic and the way they bounced back at times was sensational. I’ve been blessed to have a front row seat and it’s been an honour just to watch them play. Some of these boys and girls will be future World Number Ones for sure.
“The standard and the talent out there is unreal and the future is bright for Europe. They have all been superstars. The way they dealt with the pressure of playing in this arena has been exceptional and I think our team wanted it a bit more today.”