WEST TEAM RETAINS CANON CUP
West wins the Canon Cup with largest margin of victory
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The West Team retained possession
of the Canon Cup as it cruised to a 35.5-14.5 victory over
the East Thursday in the 13th annual event. Five members of
the victorious West squad went a perfect 4-0-0 in their four
The Canon Cup, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association
and hosted by Conway Farms Golf Club, featured 40 of the nation's
top junior golfers ages 13-18. The competition annually pits
East vs. West in a match play format similar to the Ryder
Cup. The East holds a 7-5-1 advantage over the West, and past
participants include Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink, Beth Bauer
and Cristie Kerr.
The West jumped ahead quickly in this year's match, taking
an 11-4 lead after day one. The West then picked up 11 of
a possible 15 points during the second day of competition.
Needing only 3.5 of 20 points to win Thursday, the West went
out and won four of the first five singles matches of the
day to seal the deal early. The winning squad set a new record
for margin of victory with it's 21-point win. The previous
margin of victory was 14 points when the East defeated the
West in 1990, 32-18.
Andrew Dresser (Carrollton, Texas), Allison Martin (Bakersfield,
Calif.), Jonathan Moore (Portland, Ore.) and Ashley Rollins
(Austin, Texas) all were unbeaten and untied during the week,
each accounting for four victories. Paula Creamer (Pleasanton,
Calif.), Ashley Knoll (The Woodlands, Texas), and Kevin Larsen
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) also were undefeated with records
"It was great," Moore, 17, said. "Each match
my partner played well and hopefully I helped them play comfortably
as well. We all had a great time together.
"It means a lot to be able to go undefeated," he
continued. "Very few people are able to do it and it
means you helped your team out and that's what you are trying
One of the featured matches paired the top two ranked girls
against each other, No. 1 In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., versus
No. 2 Brittany Lang of McKinney, Texas. Park was victorious
with a 2 & 1 win.
"It was great to end the way we did," said West
Captain Gus Montano, who is 2-0 as captain. "We had a
lot of momentum and confidence after the first day and we
fed off of that the rest of the week. We knew we were going
up against a tough East team and we got them when we were
WEST BUILDS LEAD ON EAST
IN SECOND DAY OF CANON CUP COMPETITION
Defending Champions Take 22-8 Advantage Into Singles Matches
LAKE FOREST, Ill. The West Team went unbeaten
in foursome matches Wednesday morning and tacked on two points
in the afternoon to take a 22-8 lead into the final day of
the Canon Cup. The West needs just 3.5 of the 20 points up
for grabs Thursday in Singles Matches to win the Cup for the
second straight year.
The Canon Cup, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association
and hosted by Conway Farms Golf Club, features 40 of the nations
top junior golfers ages 13-18. The competition pits East vs.
West in a match play format similar to the Ryder Cup. The
East holds a 7-4-1 record against the West, and past participants
include Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink, Beth Bauer and Cristie
Already staked to an 11-4 lead after a strong opening day,
West Captain Gus Montano told his squad to imagine they were
a point down and the team responded Wednesday morning
by playing as if they couldnt afford to lose. The West
won eight of the 10 morning matches and halved the other two
as it increased its lead to a shocking 20-5 heading into the
Were playing so well and the chemistry is there,
West Captain Gus Montano said. It was great to come
back out and continue what we were doing yesterday.
In the morning matches, the East had the upper hand in several
pairings but was unable to close the deal in any of them.
Erica Blasberg of Corona, Calif., and Amanda Blumenherst of
Scottsdale, Ariz., won three straight holes to win their match
after trailing while heading to the 15th tee. Teams of Seung
Su Han (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Kevin Larsen (Santa Barbara,
Calif.), and Paula Creamer (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Whitney
Welch (Las Vegas) each forced halves after being two holes
down with three to play.
Everyone has played real solid, said Randy Lowry
(Spring, Texas), who is one of sieven unbeaten and untied
West players. Its been real intense, though, and
we cant change the game plan for tomorrow.
The East rallied Wednesday afternoon and compiled a 3-2 record
in mixed fourball, gaining some critical momentum heading
into Thursdays singles matches. Elizabeth Janangelo
(West Hartford, Conn.) and Jessie Mudd (Louisville, Ky.) highlighted
the Easts afternoon. The duo made back-to-back eagles
on holes seven (Janangelo) and eight (Mudd) in their 5 &
We showed some of the best team spirit Ive ever
seen, East Captain Matt Cuccaro said. I really
think we responded this afternoon and we have a lot of motivation
heading into tomorrow. I respect the golf ability and personality
of everyone on this team and wouldnt change a thing.
The West won the first two matches of the afternoon thanks
to Lowry and fellow Texans Ashley Knoll (Houston); Andrew
Dresser (Carrollton); and Ashley Rollins (Austin). All four
of the Lone Star State natives are unbeaten at this years
Canon Cup, and will look to stay unblemished Thursday.
Losing the afternoon matches left a bad taste in our
mouths, Montano added. Weve got something
to prove tomorrow and we hope to capture the Cup early.
DAY ONE RECAP
WEST CONTROLS DAY ONE AT
13th annual Canon Cup gets under way near Chicago
LAKE FOREST, Ill.
The West squad took charge Tuesday during the first day of
play at the 2002 Canon Cup by grabbing an 11-4 lead at the
par-71 Conway Farms Golf Club. In the morning four-ball matches,
7 1/2 of the available 10 points were awarded to the defending
champions. The West teams momentum continued into the
afternoon where it picked up points in four of the five mixed
The Canon Cup, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association,
features 40 of the nations top junior golfers, ages
13-18. The competition pits the East vs. West in a match-play
format similar to the Ryder Cup. Teams (10 boys and 10 girls)
were selected based on a point system and include four captains
picks per squad. Past participants include Tiger Woods, Stewart
Cink, Beth Bauer and Cristie Kerr.
Paula Creamer of Pleasanton, Calif., and Allison Martin of
Bakersfield, Calif., earned a point for the West in four-ball
match play when they defeated Brittany Lincicome of Seminole,
Fla., and Jackie Beers of Midlothian, Va., by coming back
from 1-down with two holes left to play.
Allison and I had fun during this mornings match,
said Creamer, who drained the winning birdie putt on No. 18.
Our team has bonded together really well and it really
feels like everyone wants to help the whole team do their
Creamer, 16, also teamed with Seung Su Han of Chino Hills,
Calif., in Tuesday afternoons mixed foursomes to defeat
Mallory Code of Tampa, Fla., and Will Dottley of Madison,
This was the first time we met, said Creamer.
We played well together as a team and were able to make
a lot of putts fall. Im looking forward to tomorrows
James Vargas of Miami, who is playing in his fourth Canon
Cup, paired with Kevin Kisner of Aiken, S.C., in the first
match of the morning and defeated Anthony Kim of La Quinta,
Calif., and Spencer Levin of Elk Grove, Calif., 1-up.
We played really aggressive this morning and it turned
out to be a great match all-around, said the 18-year-old.
I think our entire team will be more comfortable tomorrow
after todays experience. Its good to get the first
days nerves out of the way.
West squad captain Gus Montano was pleased with his teams
performance on the first day of competition.
Today was a good day for the West. Everyone was playing
well together and the putts just kept on falling, said
Montano, who claimed last years Cup during his first
year as captain. This was one of the scenarios that
you draw up on paper and just hope it happens.
Were going to change a few things around tomorrow,
but the chemistry will still be there, said Montano.
Its much easier when the players get along as
well as these do.
Erik Olson of Renton, Wash., punctuated the Wests day
with a dramatic 35-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to halve
the final match of the day.
Matt Cuccaro, leader of the East squad, is confident in his
team and believes that this tournament is far from over.
We have numerous veterans on the East who are leaders
both on and off the course, said the first-year captain.
This was not the way we had wanted to start out, but
there is still a lot of golf to play and a lot of points that
can come our way.