WEST LEADS 8-7 AFTER OPENING DAY OF CANON CUP
East will need to take control on day two at The Stanwich Club
GREENWICH , Conn . – Despite trailing by three after the morning matches, the West claimed an 8-7 lead after Day One of the 2008 Canon Cup at The Stanwich Club.
The American Junior Golf Association’s Canon Cup, now in its 19th 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 Stanwich Club. In all-time competition, the West Team leads with a record of 9-8-1 .
“Girl Power” was the theme of the morning for the East, as four Girls pairs were victorious and the fifth pair halved their match to earn a half-point giving the team 6.5 of 10 available points. Winning girls pairs were Marika Lendl and Kristina Wong, Tessa Teachman and Alexis Thompson, Courtney Ellenbogen and Lindy Duncan, and Allie White and Victoria Tanco. For the East boys, Sean Dale and Crawford Reeves defeated Hyun Seok Lim and Cameron Peck 1-up.
In a match that remained all-square from Nos. 10 through 13, Lendl and Wong took their match all the way to the 17 th hole to get the win. A birdie putt on No. 15 put the girls 1-up and a second birdie on No. 17 sealed the 2-and-1 win over Kristen Park and Erynne Lee.
“It feels good to contribute to the team,” Lendl said.
White and Tanco and Teachman and Thompson dominated their matches, both winning 6 and 5. The pair started 1-up after the first hole and never looked back, finishing their match with no bogeys and five birdies including a 147-yard approach shot that found the hole.
“I think we were just gelling as a team,” White said.
Heading into the afternoon mixed foursome matches with a 6.5 to 3.5 lead, things took a downward turn for the East. Play was much closer, with all of the matches going to at least the 15 th hole and the West made key moves to win four of five matches and earn a halve in the fifth. Cory Whitsett and Jane Rah started the series of afternoon wins for the West Team defeating Austin Cody and Marika Lendl, 2 and 1. It marked two victories on the day for Whitsett, who with Josh Jones defeated Luke Guthrie and Wesley Graham earlier in the morning.
“Winning twice today feels really good. We definitely had each other’s back and worked as a team,” Whitsett said. “But there is still a lot of golf to play.”
Rak Cho and Rachel Morris of the West Team defeated Sean Dale and Michelle Shin 3 and 2. The pair went 1-up on the sixth hole and consistent short-game play enabled them to hold the lead.
“We made a lot of putts today,” Morris said. “And that gave us the win.”
The only half point of the afternoon for the East came in the final match of the day between Anthony Paolucci and Danielle Frasier versus Phillip Choi and Tessa Teachman. The match played to the 18 th hole and after both teams made it to the green in three, Frasier sank an eight-foot putt for par. Teachman answered right back, making her four-foot putt to halve the hole.
“It was so intense for a minute,” Frasier said. “But it was a lot of fun.”
The West heads into Thursday’s round with a one-point lead.
Foursome matches will begin Thursday at 7 a.m. off the first tee. The mixed four-ball matches will begin at 1 p.m.
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GREENWICH, Conn. – Day one results from the Canon Cup conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Stanwich Club. Par: Boys: 36-36--72; Girls: 36-36--72. Yardage: Boys: 7,445; Girls: 6,578. Rating/Slope: Boys: 77/143; Girls: 78.4/142.
DAY ONE TOTAL: West 8, East 7
DAY ONE MORNING FOUR-BALL MATCHES: East 6.5, West 3.5
Josh Jones, The Colony, Texas (2008) & Cory Whitsett, Houston, Texas (2010) WEST def.
Luke Guthrie, Quincy, Ill. (2008) & Wesley Graham, Port Orange, Fla. (2008) EAST, 5 and 4
Marika Lendl, Goshen, Conn. (2008) & Kristina Wong, Bradenton, Fla. (2009) EAST def.
Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (2012) & Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. (2011) WEST, 2 and 1
Rak Cho, Brea, Calif. (2011) & Michael Jae Woo Im, Irvine, Calif. (2008) WEST def.
Sam Braver, Roswell, Ga. (2008) & Austin Cody, North Charleston, S.C. (2010) EAST, 4 and 3
Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (2009) & Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. (2009) WEST vs.
Stacey Kim, Columbus, Ga. (2009) & Michelle Shin, Cape Coral, Fla. (2009) EAST, Halved
Anthony Paolucci, Dallas, Texas (2011) & Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas (2011) WEST vs.
T.J. Vogel, Cooper City, Fla. (2009) & William Sjaichudin, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) EAST, Halved
Alexis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla. (2013) & Tessa Teachman, Baton Rouge, La. (2008) EAST def.
Kimberly Kim, Pahoa, Hawaii (2009) & Victoria Sungmin Park, Irvine, Calif. (2009) WEST, 6 and 5
Chan Kim, Chandler, Ariz. (2008) & Alex Kang, Oak Park, Calif. (2008) WEST vs.
Phillip Choi, Orlando, Fla. (2009) & Kevin Phelan, St. Augustine, Fla. EAST, Halved
Lindy Duncan, Davie, Fla. (2009) & Courtney Ellenbogen, Blacksburg, Va. (2009) EAST def.
Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif. (2008) & Danielle Frasier, Encinitas, Calif. (2010) WEST, 3 and 2
Sean Dale, Jacksonville, Fla. (2008) & Crawford Reeves, Greenville, S.C. (2009) EAST def.
Cameron Peck, Olympia, Wash. (2009) & Hyun Seok Lim, La Palma, Calif. (2008) WEST, 1-up
Allie White, Lancaster, Ohio (2008) & Victoria Tanco, Bradenton, Fla. EAST def.
Jennifer Johnson, La Quinta, Calif. (2011) & Rachel Morris, Carlsbad, Calif. (2010) WEST, 6 and 5
DAY ONE AFTERNOON MIXED FOURSOME MATCHES: West 4.5, East .5
Cory Whitsett, Houston, Texas (2010) & Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. (2009) WEST def.
Austin Cody, North Charleston, S.C. (2010) & Marika Lendl, Goshen, Conn. (2008) EAST, 2 and 1
Michael Jae Woo Im, Irvine, Calif. (2008) & Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (2012) WEST def.
William Sjaichudin, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) & Kristina Wong, Bradenton, Fla. (2009) EAST, 2-up
Alex Kang, Oak Park, Calif. (2008) & Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. (2011) WEST def.
Kevin Phelan, St. Augustine, Fla. (2009) & Stacey Kim, Columbus, Ga. (2009) EAST, 2 and 1
Anthony Paolucci, Dallas, Texas (2011) & Danielle Frasier, Encinitas, Calif. (2010) WEST vs.
Phillip Choi, Orlando, Fla. (2009) & Tessa Teachman, Baton Rouge, La. (2008) EAST, Halved
Rak Cho, Brea, Calif. (2011) & Rachel Morris, Carlsbad, Calif. (2010) WEST def.
Sean Dale, Jacksonville, Fla. (2008) & Michelle Shin, Cape Coral, Fla. (2009) EAST, 3 and 2