Disneyland Paris to Host 2018 Junior Ryder Cup

September 19, 2014

Disneyland Paris has been selected to host The 2018 Junior Ryder Cup after being nominated by the Fédération Française de Golf (FFG).

Disneyland Paris was considered by all parties to be the ideal venue to host the Junior Ryder Cup in 2018. The site offers a prestigious Championship golf course, arthritis which has already proved its pedigree through hosting major events, ed including a European Challenge Tour event back in 1993, which was incidentally won by five-time Major winner Phil Mickelson of the USA, before he went on to become one of the most famous names in the game. In 2011 Golf Disneyland Paris also hosted another Challenge Tour event, the Challenge de France.

The venue, located east of the French capital on the grounds of Disneyland Paris – which attracts approximately 15 million visits per year – will add to the family-orientated atmosphere of a tournament which was established as an international showcase for golf’s next generation and to acknowledge the work of the different Federations in developing their youth programmes.

Richard Hills, Ryder Cup Director said: “This is an historic day for the development of the Ryder Cup, Junior Ryder Cup and European golf. The French Golf Federation and Disneyland Paris both present unique assets, as well top quality entertaining activities. This is an opportunity to seize if we wish to develop golf in France, in Europe and throughout the world.”

Pascal Grizot, Vice President of the French Golf Federation and Chairman of Ryder Cup France 2018, said: “Paris and the Ile de France region will give us the unique opportunity to turn the 2018 edition into the most beautiful in the history of The Ryder Cup. We will offer all the fans an exceptional experience. By hosting the Junior Ryder Cup, Disneyland Paris will greatly contribute to kick off an unforgettable week. This Junior Ryder Cup will also allow a great number of young persons to come discover the best players in junior golf in a venue that makes children dream all year long. 

“This is going to be a huge golf celebration like France has never seen before.  I am very excited that the event will start at Disneyland Paris with the Junior Ryder Cup,” said Colin Wood, President EGA said. “I am delighted with FFG’s vision for the event, a collective push for golf in Europe with such a European attraction.

“It is also a great honour to announce our next European Team Captain here this week. Stuart has done a superb job in the last four years leading the lines for our young stars and I’m sure Maitena will represent the flag of Europe with great pride and accomplishment in the next four years.”

Thierry Pedros, Vice President Strategic Alliances at Disneyland Paris, is honoured to welcome such a well-known event. He said: “We are very proud to host the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup. This event is not only the perfect opportunity to bring together an interest in golf and family entertainment, but will also highlight Disneyland Paris know-how as a host of major sports events.”

The Junior Ryder Cup is a biennial contest played between two teams of six boys and six girls under the age of 18, representing Europe and America.