WEST FIGHTS BACK ON DAY TWO
TO TAKE 19-11 LEAD
East needs dominating performance to take home the Canon Cup
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. – Going into Day Two, the West Team trailed the East Team by one point but wasted no time reclaiming the lead. The West won eight of 10 points during the morning matches and added four of five points in the afternoon to claim an eight-point lead going into the final day, leaving the second day total at 19-11.
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 an AJGA points system 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 West Team’s dominance during foursome matches is not unheard of. Including this year’s event, the West has accumulated 23.5 of 30 points combined from all second-day morning matches over the past three years.
Grabbing the first two points of the day, the West got a quick lead after Andrew Putnam of University Place, Wash. , and Alex Shi Yup Kim of Fullerton, Calif., won 3 and 2.
That match was followed by Josh Jones of The Colony, Texas , and Connor Driscoll of Encinitas, Calif. , who brought in the second point after a steady comeback that began after making the turn two down. Driscoll and Jones won five straight holes to gain a 3-up advantage en route to a 4 and 2 victory.
The West gained six more points during the morning, including one from Cory Whitsett of Houston, and Sang Yi of Carrollton, Texas, who won 5 and 4, dominating East Team members Spencer Cole of Greer, S.C., and Bud Cauley of Jacksonville, Fla., a veteran whose all-time Canon Cup record was 5-0-1 until this defeat.
The East Team added to its total points after both the second and sixth morning matches ended halved. In the last morning match, East Team members Courtney Ellenbogen of Blacksburg , Va. , and Marika Lendl of Bradenton , Fla. , captured the only full point for the East Team.
The afternoon, which consisted of mixed four-ball matches, was a repeat performance of the West Team’s morning advantage. The East fought hard to regain some points, but managed to snag just one in the fourth match by Peter Uihlein of Bradenton , Fla. , and Kristina Wong of Bradenton , Fla. After a tough morning, Uihlein showed his determination to come back strong and not let up. Of the 14 holes he and Wong played in the afternoon, Uihlein scored one eagle and six birdies to win the match 5 and 4.
“We just have to go out tomorrow and take it one match at a time,” Uihlein said. “We’re definitely going to be pumped tomorrow, and the West is going to be feeling the pressure.”
The West gained four points in the afternoon. In the first and third afternoon matches, the West Team rarely let their competitors square up a match, finishing at 3 and 1, and 5 and 4, respectively. Yi and Mina Harigae of Monterey , Calif. , brought in the fourth point for the West Team, staying ahead all the way to No. 18 to finish 1-up.
“We told the East, ‘No mercy,’” Yi said. “We’re not going to let down. We’re going to get up fast. We all knew what we had to do, and for the most part it happened. It’s not over yet, but it feels really good to take the lead.”
The West enters Day Three with an eight-point lead. Singles matches will begin Thursday at 7:30 a.m. off the first tee.
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OOLTEWAH, Tenn. – Day two 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 TWO TOTAL: West 12 East 3
OVERALL TOTAL: West 19, East 11
DAY TWO MORNING FOURSOME MATCHES: West 8, East 2
Andrew Putnam, University Place, Wash. (2007) & Alex Shi Yup Kim, Fullerton, Calif. (2008) WEST
Luke Guthrie, Quincy, Ill. (2008) & David Sanders, Mt. Laurel, N.J. (2008) EAST, 3 and 2
Jenny Shin, Torrance, Calif. (2010) & Joanne Lee, San Carlos, Calif. (2007) WEST
Allie White, Lancaster, Ohio (2008) & Alexis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla. (2013) EAST, Halved
Josh Jones, The Colony, Texas (2008) & Connor Driscoll, Encinitas, Calif. (2007) WEST
Arnond Vongvanij, Bradenton, Fla. (2007) & John Hahn, Kent, Ohio (2007) EAST, 4 and 2
Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (2012) & Ayaka Kaneko, Honolulu, Hawaii (2008) WEST
Isabelle Lendl, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) & Kristina Wong, Bradenton, Fla. (2009) EAST, 1-up
Cody Gribble, Dallas, Texas (2009) & William Kropp, Edmond, Okla. (2008) WEST
Lion Kim, Lake Mary, Fla. (2007) & Wesley Graham, Port Orange, Fla. (2008) EAST, 2 and 1
Kimberly Kim, Pahoa, Hawaii (2009) & Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. (2008) WEST
Lindy Duncan, Daytona Beach, Fla. (2009) & Michelle Shin, Cape Coral, Fla. (2009) EAST, Halved
Sam Chien, San Diego, Calif. (2008) & Andrew Yun, Tacoma, Wash. (2009) WEST
Peter Uihlein, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) & Morgan Hoffmann, Saddlebrook, N.J. (2008) EAST, 2 and 1
Lisa McCloskey, Montgomery, Texas (2009) & Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. (2009) WEST
Cydney Clanton, Concord, N.C. (2007) & Vicky Hurst, Melbourne, Fla. (2008) EAST, 2 and 1
Cory Whitsett, Houston, Texas (2010) & Sang Yi, Carrollton, Texas (2008) WEST
Bud Cauley, Jacksonville, Fla. (2008) & Spencer Cole, Greer, S.C. (2007) EAST, 5 and 4
Marika Lendl, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) & Courtney Ellenbogen, Blacksburg, Va. (2009) EAST
Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (2008) & Taylore Karle, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2007) WEST, 2 and 1
DAY TWO AFTERNOON MIXED FOUR-BALL MATCHES: West 4, East 1
William Kropp, Edmond, Okla. (2008) & Joanne Lee, San Carlos, Calif. (2007) WEST
Arnond Vongvanij, Bradenton, Fla. (2007) & Isabelle Lendl, Bradenton, Fla. (2009) EAST, 3 and 1
Sam Chien, San Diego, Calif. (2008) & Ayaka Kaneko, Honolulu, Hawaii (2008) WEST
Morgan Hoffmann, Saddlebrook, N.J. (2008) & Alexis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla. (2013) EAST, 2 and 1
Josh Jones, The Colony, Texas (2008) & Kimberly Kim, Pahoa, Hawaii (2009) WEST
Wesley Graham, Port Orange, Fla. (2008) & Lindy Duncan, Daytona Beach, Fla. (2009) EAST, 5 and 4
Peter Uihlein, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) & Kristina Wong, Bradenton, Fla. (2009) EAST
Cory Whitsett, Houston, Texas (2010) & Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (2012) WEST, 5 and 4
Sang Yi, Carrollton, Texas (2008) & Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. (2008) WEST
Spencer Cole, Greer, S.C. (2007) & Vicky Hurst, Melbourne, Fla. (2008) EAST, 1-up