The Search Starts for Europe’s Next PING Junior Solheim Cup Stars

Europe’s top girl golfers will be heading to Spain next February for the start of the qualification process for the 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup.

Europe’s top girl golfers will be heading to Spain next February for the start of the qualification process for the 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup.

The Spanish International Ladies Amateur Championship, to be played at Real Club Pineda de Sevilla, Spain, on February 25 – March 1, 2015, is the first of eight events offering ranking points for the biennial match, to be played at GC St. Leon-Rot, Germany on September 14-15 next year.

At the end of the qualification process the first six players on the Ranking will earn an automatic place on the European team for the match in Germany with the team being completed with six Captain’s picks. All amateur events and the Ladies European Amateur Ranking will be taken into consideration when deciding the Captain’s Picks.

The qualification process starts in Spain and then continues at the French International Lady Junior Championship at GC St Cloud, France (April 2-6), the German Girls’ Open at GC St. Leon-Rot Germany (June 5-7), the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship at Portstewart GC, Northern Ireland (June 9-13), the European Girls’ Team Championship at Golf Resort Kaskada Brno, Czech Republic (July 7-11), the European Ladies’ Team Championship at Helsingør, Denmark (July 7-11) and the ANNIKA Invitational Europe at Bro-Bålsta, Sweden (August 4-6) before being completed at the Girls’ British Open Championship at West Kilbride, Scotland, on August 10-14, 2015.

The idea of staging a prestigious transatlantic competition for girls, similar to The Solheim Cup, was first mooted by John Solheim, PING’s current Chairman and CEO who was determined to provide talented young girl golfers with a platform on which they could forward their careers by competing at the highest level against their peers from the other side of the Atlantic. 

The inaugural PING Junior Solheim Cup was staged in 2002 at Oak Ridge Country Club in Hopkins, Minnesota, and it has developed into an important stepping stone for many of the leading players in the women’s game.

Next year the match takes on added significance because for the first time ever it is to be played at the same venue as The Solheim Cup itself.

“We decided to play the PING Junior Solheim Cup and The Solheim Cup back-to-back at the same venue in order to enhance the profile of the junior event and to give it the status we always believed it should have,” said John Solheim.

“It promises to be a magnificent week and one that will help to enhance the profile of women’s amateur and professional golf all over the world.”     

The PING Junior Solheim Cup has earned a deserved reputation as a rich breeding ground for stars of the future. The likes of Charley Hull, Anna Nordqvist, Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer, Azahara Munoz, and Caroline Masson have all played in the PING Junior Solheim Cup with the event spawning no less than five major champions.

Details of the ranking points available at each of the eight qualifying events are attached. To qualify for the European team at the 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup, team participants must be 12-18 years old (born 1997 or later) and must not have reached their 18th birthday prior to January 1st, 2015. Prospective team members must be amateurs and cannot be members of a competitive collegiate golf programme. They must also be European citizens.  

European Eligibility Process

  • 12 participants
  • Participants must be 12-18 years old (born 1997 or later) and must not have reached their 18th birthday prior to January 1st, 2015.
  • Participants must be amateurs and must not be members of a competitive collegiate golf program.
  • Participants must be a European citizen.
  • The leading six players from the PING Junior Solheim Cup ranking following Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship 2015 will be automatically picked. In the event of a tie for the qualification positions, the selection will be decided based on individual standings on the EGA Ladies European Amateur Ranking.
  • Six Captain’s Picks.
  • All amateur events and the EGA Ladies European Amateur Ranking will be taken into consideration when deciding the Captain’s Picks.  

 

European Qualifying Events

Date

Event

Venue

Feb 25-1/3

Spanish International Ladies’ Amateur Championship

Real Club Pineda de Sevilla, Spain

April 2-6

French International Lady Juniors Championship

Saint-Cloud GC, France

June 5-7

German Girls Open

 

GC St. Leon-Rot, Germany

June 9-13

Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship

Portstewart GC, Northern Ireland

July 7-11

European Girls’ Team Championship

 

Golf Resort Kaskada Brno, Czech Republic

July 7-11

European Ladies’ Team Championship

 

Helsingør GC, Denmark

Aug 4-6

ANNIKA Invitational Europe

 

Bro-Bålsta GK, Sweden

Aug 10-14

Girls’ British Open Championship

 

West Kilbride GC, Scotland, UK

Qualifying Events Point Distribution 

Spanish International Ladies’ Amateur Championship, Real Club Pineda de Sevilla, Spain

Feb 25-March 1

Strokeplay

Matchplay

Position

 

Position

 

1

10

1

70

2

10

2

50

3

10

3-4

30

4

10

5-8

10

5

5

 

 

6

5

 

 

7

5

 

 

8

5

 

 

Strokeplay points and matchplay points to be added in the Spanish International Ladies’ Amateur Championship.

French International Lady Juniors Championship, Saint-Cloud GC, France

April 2-6

Strokeplay

Matchplay

Position

Points

Position

Points

1

10

1

70

2

10

2

50

3

10

3-4

30

4

10

5-8

10

5

5

 

 

6

5

 

 

7

5

 

 

8

5

 

 

Strokeplay points and matchplay points to be added in the French International Lady Juniors Championship.

German Girls Open, GC St.Leon-Rot, Germany 

June 5-7

Position

Points

1

40

2

30

3

20

4

10

5

5

 

Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, Portstewart GC, Northern Ireland 

June 9-13

Strokeplay

Matchplay

Position

Points

Position

Points

1

10

1

80

2

10

2

60

3

10

3-4

40

4

10

5-8

20

5

5

9-16

10

6

5

 

 

7

5

 

 

8

5

 

 

Strokeplay points and matchplay points to be added in the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship. 

 

 

 

 

European Girls’ Team Championship, Golf Resort Kaskada Brno, Czech Republic

July 7-11

Position

Points

1

40

2

30

3

20

4

10

5

5

 

European Ladies’ Team Championship, Helsingør GC, Denmark

July 7-11

Position

Points

1

40

2

30

3

20

4

10

5

5

 

ANNIKA Invitational Europe, Bro-Bålsta GK, Sweden

Aug 4-6

Position

Points

1

40

2

30

3

20

4

10

5

5

 

Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship, West Kilbride GC, Scotland, UK 

Aug 10-14

Strokeplay

Matchplay

Position

Points

Position

Points

1

10

1

80

2

10

2

60

3

10

3-4

40

4

10

5-8

20

5

5

 

 

6

5

 

 

7

5

 

 

8

5

 

 

Strokeplay points and matchplay points to be added in the Girls British Open Championship. 

 

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Published: 5/06/2014

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