WEST HOLDS STRONG TO WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT CANON CUP
East suffers 10-point loss at The Stanwich Club
GREENWICH, Conn . – The West Team continued to dominate in day three of the Canon Cup, winning 11 of the 20 singles matches to claim victory for the fourth consecutive year with a score of 30 – 20 at The Stanwich Club.
The American Junior Golf Association’s Canon Cup, now in its 19th 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 the Polo Golf Rankings that rewarded them for top finishes in national junior golf events. The event was held at The Stanwich Club. In all-time competition, the West Team now leads with a record of 10-8-1 .
The East Team tried to mount a comeback, winning three of the first six matches, but could not withstand the solid play of the West Team. Cameron Peck, fresh off a victory at the U.S. Junior Amateur, had the largest margin of victory. He closed out Wesley Graham 8 and 7 to in his first Canon Cup appearance.
“I came out and birdied the first two holes and found myself 6-up through six holes,” Peck said. “It feels great to come out here and be part of a team and just have fun.”
Cory Whitsett, a Canon Cup veteran, closed out his match with Phillip Choi on the 13th hole for a 6 and 5 victory. It was Whitsett’s point that clinched the Cup for the West Team.
“I got to watch someone else do it last year,” Whitsett said. “To be the person that got to do it this year was awesome. It didn’t make many putts this week but I hit the ball really well.”
Michael Jae Woo Im and Victoria Tanco were the only two players to go undefeated in their matches this week. Tanco, the reigning Rolex Girls Junior champion, proved to be the rock of the East Team.
“It felt really good to win all my matches because I knew it was helping my team,” Tanco said. “It was fun for me because we only get to compete in this kind of format one time a year.”
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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, Lucas Glover and Christie Kerr. Alumni of the West Team include Ryan Moore, Anthony Kim and Paula Creamer.
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GREENWICH, Conn. – Day three 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 THREE TOTAL: West 30, East 20
DAY THREE SINGLES MATCHES: West 11, East 9
Alex Kang, Oak Park, Calif. (2008) WEST def. Sam Braver, Roswell, Ga. (2008) EAST, 3 and 1
Marika Lendl, Goshen, Conn. (2008) EAST def. Kimberly Kim, Pahoa, Hawaii (2009) WEST, 2 and 1
Rak Cho, Brea, Calif. (2011) WEST def. Crawford Reeves, Greenville, S.C. (2009) EAST, 1-up
Victoria Tanco, Bradenton, Fla. (2011) EAST def. & Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. (2009) WEST, 4 and 2
Chan Kim, Chandler, Ariz. (2008) WEST def. William Sjaichudin, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) EAST, 2 and 1
Kristina Wong, Bradenton, Fla. (2009) EAST def. Rachel Morris, Carlsbad, Calif. (2010) WEST, 3 and 1
Hyun Seok Lim, La Palma, Calif. (2008) WEST def. Luke Guthrie, Quincy, Ill. (2008) EAST, 5 and 3
Victoria Sungmin Park, Irvine, Calif. (2009) WEST def. Allie White, Lancaster, Ohio (2008) EAST, 6 and 4
T.J. Vogel, Cooper City, Fla. (2009) EAST def. Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas (2011) WEST, 3 and 2
Michelle Shin, Cape Coral, Fla. (2009) EAST def. Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. (2011) WEST, 3 and 1
Cameron Peck, Olympia, Wash. (2009) WEST def. Wesley Graham, Port Orange, Fla. (2008) EAST, 8 and 7
Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (2012) WEST def. Tessa Teachman, Baton Rouge, La. (2008) EAST, 1-up
Sean Dale, Jacksonville, Fla. (2008) EAST def. Anthony Paolucci, Dallas, Texas (2011) WEST, 1-up
Alexis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla. (2013) EAST def. Jennifer Johnson, La Quinta, Calif. (2011) WEST, 3 and 1
Michael Jae Woo Im, Irvine, Calif. (2008) WEST def. Kevin Phelan, St. Augustine, Fla. EAST, 2 and 1
Lindy Duncan, Davie, Fla. (2009) EAST def. Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif. (2008) WEST, 5 and 4
Cory Whitsett, Houston, Texas (2010) WEST def. Phillip Choi, Orlando, Fla. (2009) EAST, 6 and 5
Danielle Frasier, Encinitas, Calif. (2010) WEST def. Courtney Ellenbogen, Blacksburg, Va. (2009) EAST, 6 and 4
Austin Cody, North Charleston, S.C. (2010) EAST def. Josh Jones, The Colony, Texas (2008) WEST, 4 and 3
Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (2009) WEST def. Stacey Kim, Columbus, Ga. (2009) EAST, 3 and 1
Day Two Results
Day One Results