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WEST TEAM RETAINS CANON CUP DESPITE DOWNPOURS AND EAST RALLY
West wins fifth Canon Cup in past six years

LAKE FOREST , Ill. Steady rainfall and overcast skies didn’t deter the West Team as they retained the Canon Cup Thursday, winning the event 31-19. With a nine-point cushion heading into the third day, the West quelled an East Team rally by winning nine and halving three of its morning singles matches to clinch the cup.

The American Junior Golf Association’s Canon Cup, now in its 17th year, brought together the nation’s top 40 juniors in an East versus West (divided by the Mississippi River ) Team match play tournament. Each squad consisted of 20 players – 10 boys and 10 girls – who were selected based on an AJGA points system that rewarded them for top finishes in national junior golf events. The event was held at the Conway Farms Golf Club. The all-time series is now tied at 8-8-1 .

Heavy rains delayed tee times for an hour, and play was suspended for 53 minutes later in the morning while players took shelter from the storm. When play resumed, the East Team found themselves in an uphill battle toward the Canon Cup.

The West eventually secured the title when Andrew Yun of Tacoma , Wash. , got up and down on his last hole of the day to defeat David Yujin Chung Fayetteville, N.C., 1-up. Yun, who won the FootJoy Boys Invitational in June, never trailed in his deciding match versus Chung.

“I just wanted to win my match,” Yun said. “Clinching the cup like that is an extra bonus.”

The West was anchored throughout the week by its girls, six of whom went undefeated for the week, including Sydney Burlison of Salinas, Calif., Esther Choe of Scottsdale, Ariz., Mindy Kim of Diamond Bar, Calif., Stephanie Kono of Honolulu, Hawaii, Sydnee Michaels of Temecula, Calif., and Jane Rah of Torrance, Calif. Choe, Kim, and Kono were all 4-0 for the week.

“All that team spirit let me win my matches,” Mindy Kim said. “They picked me up when I was down.”

Kim identified the importance of changing her strategy between stroke play competition and match play.

“You have to be more aggressive in match play,” she said. “You have to go for more pins and not be conservative.”

Other stand-out matches included a showdown between second-ranked Peter Uihlein of Bradenton , Fla. , and third-ranked Rickie Fowler of Murrieta , Calif. , according to the AJGA Rankings. Uihlein, who was last year’s Rolex Junior Player of the Year, birdied No. 1 and never looked back. He made six total birdies en route to defeating Fowler, 5 and 4.

“He’s obviously one of the best players in the country,” Uihlein said, “and this gives me a lot more confidence after Rickie thumped me at [the HP Boys Junior Championship].”

Fowler picked up his first major victory last week when he and Uihlein played in the final pairing on the last day of the HP Boys Junior Championship. Fowler shot 67. Uihlein shot 75.

“Basically, Peter and I are squared up now,” Fowler said, grinning. “He redeemed himself against me today.”

LAKE FOREST , Ill. Day Three Results from the 17th annual Canon Cup conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Conway Farms Golf Club. Par: Boys: 35-36—71; Girls: 35-36—71. Yardage: Boys: 7,078; Girls: 6,229. Rating/Slope: Boys: 75.2/148; Girls: 72.8/134.

DAY THREE TOTALS: WEST 11.5, EAST 8.5

OVERALL TOTALS: WEST 31, EAST 19

Sydney Burlison, Salinas , Calif. (2008) WEST def. Marika Lendl, Bradenton , Fla. (2008) EAST, 3 and 1

Bud Cauley, Jacksonville , Fla. (2008) EAST def. Richard Lee, Chandler , Ariz. ( 2009) WEST, 5 and 4

Taylore Karle, Scottsdale , Ariz. (2008) WEST vs. Vicky Hurst, Melbourne , Fla. (2008) EAST, Halved

Peter Uihlein, Bradenton , Fla. (2008) EAST def. Rickie Fowler, Murrieta , Calif. (2007) WEST, 5 and 4

Mina Harigae, Monterey , Calif. (2008) WEST def. Isabelle Lendl, Bradenton , Fla. ( 2009) EAST, 5 and 4

Cody Gribble, Dallas , Texas (2009) WEST def. Lion Kim, Lake Mary , Fla. (2007) EAST, 1-up

Jane Rah, Torrance , Calif. ( 2009) WEST vs. In-Kyung Kim, Marriottsville, Md. ( 2006) EAST, Halved

Gregor Main, Danville , Calif. (2008) WEST def. Spencer Cole, Greer , S.C. (2007) EAST, 1-up

Esther Choe, Scottsdale , Ariz. (2007) WEST def. So-Hyun Park , Bradenton , Fla. (2007) EAST, 3 and 2

Drew Kittleson, Scottsdale , Ariz. (2007) WEST def. Ji Moon, Lake Mary , Fla. (2007) EAST, 4 and 2

Sydnee Michaels, Temecula , Calif. ( 2006) WEST def. Megan Grehan, Mamaroneck , N.Y. (2007) EAST, 2-up

Arnond Vongvanij, Bradenton , Fla. (2007) EAST def. Kevin Tway, Edmond , Okla. (2007) WEST, 3 and 2

Natalie Sheary, West Hartford , Conn. (2007) EAST def. Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights , Calif. (2009) WEST, 4 and 3

Andrew Yun, Tacoma , Wash. (2009) WEST def. David Yujin Chung, Fayetteville , N.C. (2008) EAST, 1-up

Mindy Kim, Diamond Bar , Calif. (2008) WEST def. Kristina Wong, Bradenton , Fla. ( 2009) EAST, 5 and 4

Tadd Fujikawa, Honolulu , Hawaii (2009) WEST vs. Tommy Mou, Bradenton , Fla. (2009) EAST, Halved

Joy Kim, Duluth , Ga. ( 2007) EAST def. Kimberly Kim, Pahoa , Hawaii (2009) WEST, 5 and 4

Mu Hu, Celebration, Fla. (2008) EAST def. Josh Jones, The Colony, Texas (2008) WEST, 2-up

Stephanie Kono, Honolulu , Hawaii (2008) WEST def. Michelle Grilli, Lutherville , Md. (2006) EAST, 3 and 2

Patrick Reed, Baton Rouge , La. (2009) EAST def. Kyle Stanley, Gig Harbor , Wash. (2006) WEST, 5 and 4