AJGA CANON CUP
Biltmore Forest Country Club
Asheville, North Carolina
August 6-9, 2001
EAST RALLIES AFTER SLOW START TO
TAKE EARLY LEAD 12th annual Canon Cup gets underway at Biltmore Forest
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The West squad
started strong, but the East scored points in all five
afternoon matches to take the lead following the first
day at the 12th annual Canon Cup held at Biltmore Forest
Country Club. The East team holds an 8 ½- 6 ½
advantage heading into Wednesday.
The Canon Cup, conducted by the American
Junior Golf Association, features the nation's top 40
junior golfers, ages 13-18. The competition pits the
East vs. West in a match-play format similar to the
Ryder Cup. Teams (10 boys and 10 girls) were selected
based on a point system and include four captains' picks
per squad. In the field are 28 Polo Golf Junior All-Americans,
including eight first-teamers.
Brittany Lincicome of Pinellas Park, Fla.,
and Lisa Tyler of Lighthouse Point, Fla., won the East's
first point with a 3-and-2 victory over Sunny Oh of
Torrance, Calif., and Stella Lee of Irvine, Calif. The
twosome was down two holes through six, thanks in part
to a case of the nerves for the two first-timers from
"We played terrible the first five
holes," Tyler said. "We were both so nervous."
"I had a 6-foot birdie putt on the
first green, and I was so nervous I was shaking,"
The duo then got going on No. 7, winning
the next four holes to go 2-up. They proceeded to go
3-up through 12 holes, before closing out the match.
"Once Brittany got going, I started
playing well," Tyler said. "It was just a
case of the nerves early in the round. Once we got playing,
we played very well as a team."
Jay Choi of Buena Park, Calif., and Jonathan
Moore of Portland, Ore., won the first point of the
day for the West squad with a 1-up victory over James
Vargas of Miami and Colby Beckstrom of North Muskegon,
The East duo led by two holes after Vargas
recorded three straight birdies on Nos. 9-11. Choi responded
for the West with a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 12 to
get back within one hole, and tied the match with a
35-foot birdie from the fringe on No. 16. Moore won
the match with a 6-foot par putt on No. 18.
"Jon and I really worked out well,"
Choi said. "He'd have a bad hole, but I would play
well and vice versa. We helped each other out a lot."
The East team got a big point from the
duo of Chan Song Wonglukiet of Bradenton, Fla., and
Nick Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla. The two trailed
essentially the entire round in their matchup with Matthew
Rosenfeld and Drew Pigg, both of Plano, Texas. Thompson
parred No. 17 to square the match, then both East players
won the match with par on No. 18.
The best match of the day may have been
the draw between the East duo of Webb Simpson of Raleigh,
N.C., and Casey Wittenberg of Memphis, Tenn., against
Jeff Bell of Plano, Texas, and Ryan Baca of Richmond,
The duo from Texas went 2-up after two
holes, but the East team squared the match on No. 6.
The East took their first lead on No. 12 with a Simpson
birdie to go 1-up. Bell squared it again for the West
with an eagle on the 289-yard par-four 14th hole. Bell
drove the green, then walked in a 25-foot putt. The
match ended all square when Wittenberg rolled in a 4-foot
"kneeknocker" to end the match on No. 18.
In the afternoon matches, Whitney Code
and Thompson of the East team halved the first match
with the West squad's Oh and Choi. The West duo led
the entire match, taking the lead on the second hole.
However, the East duo evened the match on No. 18 when
Code nailed a 5-footer for par.
Brian Duncan of Greenville, S.C., and
Ashley Hoagland of Palmetto, Fla., had day one's largest
comeback. The duo trailed Pigg and Alison Martin of
Bakersfield, Calif., by three through six holes. Duncan,
who was battling flu-like symptoms on the front nine,
and Hoagland tied it up on No. 12 with a par. After
falling one back with two holes to play, the East duo
then won the final two holes with pars, and wrapped
it up when Duncan drained a slick 2-foot downhill putt
on No. 18 for the win.
Four of the five afternoon matches were
decided on the 18th hole.
"I was pleased with the way we played
in the afternoon," East Captain Todd Garten said.
"We had a slow start, but I was happy with the
way we played on the back nine in the morning matches.
That gave us a lot of momentum heading into the afternoon."
For more information on the AJGA Canon
Cup, please call tournament headquarters at (828) 274-1261,
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Day one results
from the 12th annual Canon Cup, conducted by the American
Junior Golf Association at Biltmore Forest Country Club,
par 35-35-70. Yardage: Boys 6,602; Girls; 5,957.
DAY ONE TOTALS: EAST 8 1/2 WEST 6 1/2
MORNING FOUR-BALL MATCHES
WEST 5 1/2 EAST 4 1/2
Jay Choi, Buena Park, Calif., & Jonathan
Moore, Portland, Ore. (WEST) def. James Vargas, Miami,
Fla., & Colby Beckstrom, North Muskegon, Mich. (EAST),
Ina Kim, Encino, Calif., & Whitney
Welch, Las Vegas, Nev. (WEST) def. Mallory Code, Tampa,
Fla., & Whitney Code, Tampa, Fla., (EAST), 2 and
Chan Song Wongluekiet, Bradenton, Fla.,
& Nicholas Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla., (EAST)
def. Matthew Rosenfeld, Plano, Texas, & Drew Pigg,
Plano, Texas (WEST), 1 up.
Brittany Lincicome, Pinnellas Park, Fla.,
& Lisa Tyler, Lighthouse Point, Fla., (EAST) def.
Sunny Oh, Torrance, Calif., and Stella Lee, Irvine,
Calif. (WEST), 3 and 2.
Webb Simpson, Raleigh, N.C., & Casey
Wittenberg, Memphis, Tenn., (EAST) vs. Ryan Baca, Richmond,
Texas & Jeff Bell, Plano, Texas (WEST), halved.
Lani Elston, Spokane, Wash., and Lisa
Ferrero, Lodi, Calif. (WEST) def. Elizabeth Janangelo,
West Hartford, Conn., & Ashley Hoagland, Palmetto,
Fla., (EAST), 5 and 3.
Brian Duncan, Greenville, S.C., &
Brendon Todd, Cary, N.C. (EAST) def. Jay Reynolds, Austin,
Texas, and Ryan Moore, Puyallup, Wash. (WEST), 3 and
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