PGA Tour launches Presidents Cup development event

Golf’s PGA Tour has linked up with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) to launch the Junior Presidents Cup, a new development tournament that will serve as the precursor event to the established Presidents Cup.

The event will feature 24 of the leading junior boys aged 19 and under from the US and around the world, with the exception of Europe. The inaugural edition of the Junior Presidents Cup will take place at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey, in the US, on September 25-26 next year, prior to the start of the 2017 Presidents Cup.

Two teams of 12 players will compete for the Junior Presidents Cup, with a US team to be captained by David Toms and the international side being headed up by Trevor Immelman. In addition, former Presidents Cup captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will serve as honorary captains for the 2017 edition.

The same general criteria used to determine the Presidents Cup home country eligibility will be applied to the junior event, with the US team comprising the leading 11 qualified players based on the AJGA Polo Golf Rankings as of August 3 next year. The International Team qualifying will feature the top 11 qualified players based on the World Amateur Golf Ranking as of the same date.

Jay Monahan, deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the PGA Tour, said: “By partnering with the AJGA, our vision for the Junior Presidents Cup is to provide the best young players in the world with a unique playing opportunity that will not only help advance their golfing careers, but also be a source of inspiration as they then witness their professional golfing heroes compete at the highest level and represent their home countries with pride during the Presidents Cup.”

Net proceeds from the Junior Presidents Cup will be used to support charitable programmes, such as the AJGA’s ACE Grant scholarship scheme.

Stephen Hamblin, executive director of the AJGA, added: “The overall growth and development of junior golfers is critical to the future of the industry, and we expect the Junior Presidents Cup to become a catalytic event that will inspire and motivate golf’s next generation to earn the honour of playing alongside the best players in the world.”