The North America Cup – 2019
Location and History
The North America Cup returns for its 17th consecutive year as the United States, represented by the finest players from the IJGT, and Canada, represented by players selected by the CJGA, face-off in this prestigious golf tournament to be held at the renowned TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley, specifically the notorious Heathlands Course, just outside of the city of Toronto. Here, the competitive golf history between these two nations will once again be put to the test as the United States look to reclaim their title as champions of the North America Cup after being dethroned last year on their home soil.
In 2018, the two sides met at the Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina, with Canada emerging victorious over the historically-dominant USA by a score of 13 ½ to 10 ½. As the Cup travels back north of the border this year, the USA squad will hope to retrieve a title which they have predominantly held in the past, as the all-time record between the two nations favors the United States over Canada by a score of 11-5. However, the Canadians will not let go of the coveted Cup with ease.
In 2003 the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) & the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) developed a partnership to enhance the international opportunities for junior golfers in both countries, which has seen a tremendous amount of success in return for both its young players, and for the continuing growth of the junior golf tournament platform.
This year, the tournament will be hosted on July 24th – 26th.
The Selection Process
The North America Cup is unique to both Canada and the USA as it was the first international junior event to take on a Ryder Cup format, generally consisting of a team match-play including a Fourball, Alternate Shot, and Singles Matches. Each match won is equivalent to one point, with all points earned being totaled-up, even in the occurrence of ties. Eight Junior Boys (U19), Two Bantam Boys (U14), and Two Junior Girls (U19) will be selected to represent both countries.
Team USA will be comprised of players selected by the IJGT, primarily who compete throughout the season across the United States and demonstrate world-class abilities both on and off the course. On the other hand, Team Canada will be selected by the CJGA Selection Committee, who will determine the juniors to represent this year’s host nation based on the following stipulations:
“All results from the designated qualifiers are merged into one national field in each age category. Scores will then be adjusted based on the difficulty of weather conditions, course conditions, and course rating. Adjusted scores will then be sorted by the committee, while Juniors not in good standing or with serious code of conduct violations will be removed from the list. Then, the Juniors with the lowest adjusted scores in each category will be selected to represent CJGA Team Canada”.
After undergoing a tough selection process, both countries will be well represented by their top domestic talents in hopes of maintaining their stronghold on the North America Cup.
More to come…
Stay tuned to “IJGT News” over the coming weeks for a background of the magnificent host course for this year’s tournament, as well as for the announcement of the roster who will represent Team USA.