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Go West!

The West Team looks to retain the Canon Cup after a 30.5-19.5 victory in 2005 at Capital City Club in suburban Atlanta.

This year, the West is anchored by 16 Rolex Junior All-Americans, including Esther Choe of Scottsdale, Ariz. Choe is a first-team Rolex Junior All-American and the No. 1-ranked junior in the country. In June, she won the Rolex Girls Junior Championship, while over the course of her AJGA career, she has amassed four victories and has played for two U.S. PING Junior Solheim Cup Teams (2003, 2005) and three Canon Cup West Teams. She is also a two-time U.S. Women’s Open qualifier.

Choe will be joined by fellow 2005 Canon Cup West Team members Taylore Karle of Scottsdale, Mina Harigae of Monterey, Calif., Sydney Burlison of Salinas, Calif., and Jane Rah of Torrance, Calif.

Karle is a first-team Rolex Junior All-American who recently finished runner-up at the Rolex Tournament of Champions.

Last year, she also played at the PING Junior Solheim Cup along with Kimberly Kim of Pahoa, Hawaii, and Sydnee Michaels of Temecula, Calif.

On the boys’ side, the West will employ the help of Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif., to help keep the Canon Cup. Fowler is the No. 4-ranked AJGA boy and also a first-team Rolex Junior All-American. Last year, Fowler won two national junior events, and in 2006 has three top-10 finishes at AJGA Invitationals.

Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Drew Kittleson of Scottsdale, Ariz., are the only two returning boys from the victorious 2005 West Team. Stanley is a first-team Rolex Junior All-American who won the 2005 HP Boys Junior Championship. He picked up a big amateur win this year at the Sahalee Players Championship.

The credentials of Andrew Yun of Tacoma, Wash., include a win at the FootJoy Boys Invitational, as well as a third-place finish at the Rolex Tournament of Champions.

Kevin Tway of Edmond, Okla., captured last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur, proving his match play abilities.

Tadd Fujikawa of Honolulu, Hawaii, reached the finals of the 2005 Polo Golf Junior Classic, then became the youngest-ever to qualify for the U.S. Open this summer.

 


Sydney
Burlison
Salinas, Calif.

Esther
Choe
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Mina
Harigae
Monterey, Calif.

Taylore
Karle
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Kimberly
Kim
Pahoa, Hawaii

Mindy
Kim
Diamond Bar, Calif.

Stephanie
Kono
Honolulu, Hawaii

Tiffany
Lua
Rowland Heights, Calif.

Sydnee
Michaels
Temecula, Calif.

Jane
Rah
Torrance, Calif.

Rickie
Fowler
Murrieta, Calif.

Tadd
Fujikawa
Honolulu, Hawaii

Cody
Gribble
Dallas, Texas

Josh
Jones
The Colony, Texas

Drew
Kittleson
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Richard
Lee
Chandler, Ariz.

Gregor
Main
Danville, Calif.

Kyle
Stanley
Gig Harbor, Wash.

Kevin
Tway
Edmond, Okla.

Andrew
Yun
Tacoma, Wash.