EAST LEADS 8-7 AFTER FIRST DAY OF CANON CUP
Day two set up to be just as exciting at The Honors Course
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. – With the lead bouncing back and forth throughout the morning, the East Team grabbed hold of the lead heading into the afternoon and never let go. For the first time since 2003, the East enters Day Two at Canon Cup with the lead, 8-7.
The American Junior Golf Association’s Canon Cup, now in its 18 th year, brings together the nation’s top 40 juniors in an East versus West (divided by the Mississippi River ) team match play tournament. Each squad consists of 20 players – 10 boys and 10 girls – who were selected based on the Polo Golf Rankings that rewarded them for top finishes in national junior golf events. The event is being held at The Honors Course. In all-time competition the two teams are tied with records of 8-8-1 .
The four-ball matches began Tuesday morning with the East taking an early lead by winning the first match of the day. Lion Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., and Wesley Graham of Port Orange, Fla., won 3 and 2 over Andrew Putnam of University Place, Wash., and Andrew Yun of Tacoma, Wash., after Kim poured in a putt from 15 feet on No. 16.
“The first point is really important,” Kim said. “We just had a lot of fun and played great together.”
After the second match was halved, the West quickly rebounded by winning the next two matches. Mina Harigae of Monterey, Calif., and Kimberly Kim of Pahoa, Hawaii, the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champion and U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, respectively, were on fire during their match, making the turn at 5-under-par as a team and never losing a hole. They eventually closed out Allie White of Lancaster , Ohio , and Courtney Ellenbogen of Blacksburg , Va. , 4 and 3.
“We played solid all day and picked each other up when we needed to,” Harigae said. “I still think it’s going to come down to the final day, though.”
As the morning matches wore on, the score stayed close and the matches grew tighter, with the final four morning matches going at least 17 holes. Bud Cauley of Jacksonville , Fla. , and Spencer Cole of Greer , S.C. , broke a 4.5-4.5 tie to send the East into the afternoon with a one-point lead.
Things remained close as the afternoon mixed foursome matches unfolded and produced only one match that did not make it to No. 18. In the first three matches, the East and West teams split, each winning one and halving one The final two matches showed the true spirit of the Canon Cup with nearly every member of each team walking alongside the players. Alex Shi Yup Kim of Fullerton, Calif., and Jenny Shin of Torrance, Calif., climbed back from 2-down to halve their match.
“Everyone is so enthusiastic right now,” Kim said. “It is so intense out there, but we had a lot of fun.”
And in a reversal of roles, Cauley and Ellenbogen approached No. 18 green 1-down. With the 18 th green surrounded by red and blue, Ellenbogen sank her putt to win the hole and halve the final match of the day.
“On 18, I felt I owed it to the team to make it. Everyone played so well and it is important to support them,” Ellenbogen said. “All the credit goes to Bud Cauley, though, for hitting a great shot into the green.”
The East Team heads into the Day Two matches with a one-point lead.
Play will begin Wednesday at 8 a.m., off the first tee with foursome matches. The mixed four-ball matches will begin in the afternoon and are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.
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In 1990 the inaugural Canon Cup featured then rising stars Tiger Woods and Emilee Klein representing the West team, squaring off against Stewart Cink and Vicki Goetze defending the East. Since then notable juniors to represent the East include Charles Howell III, David Gossett and Casey Wittenberg. Alumni of the West team include Ryan Moore, Grace Park and Paula Creamer.
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OOLTEWAH, Tenn. – Day one results from the Canon Cup conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Honors Course. Par: Boys: 36-36--72; Girls: 36-36--72. Yardage: Boys: 7,200; Girls: 6,402. Rating/Slope: Boys: 76.1/151; Girls: 78.4/148.
DAY ONE TOTAL: East 8, West 7
DAY ONE MORNING FOUR-BALL MATCHES: East 5.5, West 4.5
Lion Kim, Lake Mary, Fla. (2007) & Wesley Graham, Port Orange, Fla. (2008) EAST
Andrew Yun, Tacoma, Wash. (2009) & Andrew Putnam, University Place, Wash. (2007) WEST, 3 and 2
Lisa McCloskey, Montgomery, Texas (2009) & Taylore Karle, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2007) WEST
Isabelle Lendl, Bradenton, Fla. (2009) & Kristina Wong, Bradenton, Fla. (2009) EAST, Halved
Cody Gribble, Dallas, Texas (2009) & William Kropp, Edmond, Okla. (2008) WEST
John Hahn, Kent, Ohio (2007) & David Sanders, Mt. Laurel, N.J. (2008) EAST, 3 and 2
Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. (2008) & Kimberly Kim, Pahoa, Hawaii (2009) WEST
Courtney Ellenbogen, Blacksburg, Va. (2009) & Allie White, Lancaster, Ohio (2008) EAST, 4 and 3
Morgan Hoffmann, Saddlebrook, N.J. (2008) & Luke Guthrie, Quincy, Ill. (2008) EAST
Alex Shi Yup Kim, Fullerton, Calif. (2008) & Sang Yi, Carrollton, Texas (2008) WEST, 2-up
Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. (2009) & Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (2008) WEST
Marika Lendl, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) & Michelle Shin, Cape Coral, Fla. (2009) EAST, 4 and 3
Peter Uihlein, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) & Arnond Vongvanij, Bradenton, Fla. (2007) EAST
Josh Jones, The Colony, Texas (2008) & Cory Whitsett, Houston, Texas (2010) WEST, 1-up
Joanne Lee, San Carlos, Calif. (2007) & Ayaka Kaneko, Honolulu, Hawaii (2008) WEST
Cydney Clanton, Concord, N.C. (2007) & Alexis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla. (2013) EAST, 3 and 1
Bud Cauley, Jacksonville, Fla. (2008) & Spencer Cole, Greer, S.C. (2007) EAST
Connor Driscoll, Encinitas, Calif. (2007) & Sam Chien, San Diego, Calif. (2008) WEST, 1-up
Vicky Hurst, Melbourne, Fla. (2008) & Lindy Duncan, Daytona Beach, Fla. (2009) EAST
Jenny Shin, Torrance, Calif. (2010) & Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (2012) WEST, 3 and 1
DAY ONE AFTERNOON MIXED FOURSOME MATCHES: East 2.5 West 2.5
Andrew Putnam, University Place, Wash. (2007) & Lisa McCloskey, Montgomery, Texas (2009) WEST
John Hahn, Kent, Ohio (2007) & Allie White, Lancaster, Ohio (2008) EAST, Halved
Cody Gribble, Dallas, Texas (2009) & Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. (2009) WEST
Luke Guthrie, Quincy, Ill. (2008) & Marika Lendl, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) EAST, 2 & 1
Lion Kim, Lake Mary, Fla. (2007) & Michelle Shin, Cape Coral, Fla. (2009) EAST
Andrew Yun, Tacoma, Wash. (2009) & Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (2008) WEST, 1-up
Alex Shi Yup Kim, Fullerton, Calif. (2008) & Jenny Shin, Torrance, Calif. (2010) WEST
David Sanders, Mt. Laurel, N.J. (2008) & Cydney Clanton, Concord, N.C. (2007) EAST, Halved
Connor Driscoll, Encinitas, Calif. (2007) & Taylore Karle, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2007) WEST
Bud Cauley, Jacksonville, Fla. (2008) & Courtney Ellenbogen, Blacksburg, Va. (2009) EAST, Halved