West Finds its Stride, Takes 8-7 Lead at Canon Cup
East took early lead, West surged ahead at Old Sandwich Golf Club
PLYMOUTH, Mass. â€” The West broke a morning stalemate by winning three of five afternoon matches and will carry an 8-7 advantage into Wednesday at Canon Cup. Riding a five-year winning streak, the West has held the advantage after day one in six of the last eight Canon Cups.
The American Junior Golf Association's Canon Cup, now in its 21st 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 â€” 10 boys and 10 girls â€” who were selected based on the Polo Golf Rankings. This year, the event is being held at Old Sandwich Golf Club. The West Team leads the all-time competition with an 11-8-1 record. Tuesday's play consisted of 10 four-ball and five mixed foursome matches.
Winning two matches for the West team were Michael Kim of Del Mar, Calif., Jay Hwang of San Diego, Emily Collins of Colleyville, Texas, Kyung Kim of Chandler, Ariz., and Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif. Park is enjoying her fourth time attending Canon Cup and proved experience helps in the first round of matches.
â€śI just have a lot of experience with match play and since I have played this tournament more than once I just have a better feel for the team play,â€ť said Park, who holds a 9-5-0 career record at Canon Cup. â€śGolf is usually playing for yourself and you're not used to depending on your partner. Match play makes you more aggressive and that is what I like.â€ť
The East Team stormed out of the gate Tuesday and won four of the first five matches. East team members who posted a pair of wins were Kelly Shon of Port Washington, N.Y., Logan Harrell of Huntersville, N.C., and Stephen Behr Jr. of Florence, S.C. Behr has entered his first Canon Cup strong after adding two points for his team.
â€śI was really excited just to get the invitation to come to the Canon Cup,â€ť Behr said. â€śTo win the match is something you are always hoping for, so to win the first two matches in the first day feels really good and I hope to keep it going.â€ť
Wednesday's play will be four-ball in the morning and mixed foursomes in the afternoon, while the competition will close Thursday with 20 singles matches. The West needs 25 points to retain the Cup, while the East needs 25.5 points to reclaim the Cup for the first time since 2004.
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PLYMOUTH, Mass. â€” Day one results from the Canon Cup conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Old Sandwich Golf Club. Par: Boys: 36-35 â€” 71; Girls: 36-35 â€” 71. Yardage: Boys: 6,790; Girls: 6,166. Rating/Slope: Boys: 73.6/138; Girls: 76.7/139
Day One â€” Total: West 8, East 7
Day One â€” Morning Four-Ball Matches: West 5, East 5
Victoria Tanco, Bradenton, Fla. (2012) & Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky. (2012) EAST def. Emily Tubert, Burbank, Calif. (2010) & Tiffany Lim, San Jose, Calif. (2011) WEST, 2 & 1
Stephen Behr Jr., Florence, S.C. (2011) & Nicholas Reach, Moscow, Pa. (2011) EAST def. Tanner Kesterson, Plano, Texas (2011) & Kramer Hickok, Plano, Texas (2011) WEST, 3 & 1
Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. (2013) & Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y. (2010) EAST def. Rachel Morris, Carlsbad, Calif. (2010) & Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. (2011) WEST, 2 & 1
Michael Kim, Del Mar, Calif. (2011) & Jay Hwang, San Diego, Calif. (2011) WEST def. Andrew Knox, Cary, N.C. (2010) & JD Tomlinson, Gainesville, Fla. (2011) EAST, 3 & 2
Emily Collins, Colleyville, Texas (2010) & Casey Grice, College Station, Texas (2010) WEST def. Ginger Howard, Bradenton, Fla. (2012) & A.J. Newell, Tampa, Fla. (2011) EAST, 1-up
Justin Thomas, Goshen, Ky. (2011) & Logan Harrell, Huntersville, N.C. (2010) EAST def. Seiji Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. (2010) & Andrew Levitt, Ladera Ranch, Calif. (2012) WEST, 4 & 3
Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (2011) & Kyung Kim, Chandler, Ariz. (2012) WEST def. Ashlan Ramsey, Bradenton, Fla. (2013) & Shannon Aubert, Championsgate, Fla. (2014) EAST, 1-up
AJ McInerney, Henderson, Nev. (2012) & Preston Valder, Yorba Linda, Calif. (2011) WEST def. Oliver Schniederjans, Powder Springs, Ga. (2011) & Franco Castro, Alpharetta, Ga. (2010) EAST, 3 & 1
Ani Gulugian, Irvine, Calif. (2010) & Lindsey Weaver, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2012) WEST def. Suzie Lee, East Northport, N.Y. (2010) & McKenzie Talbert, North Augusta, S.C. (2013) EAST, 1-up
Patrick Rodgers, Avon, Ind. (2011) & Drew Czuchry, Auburn, Ga. (2010) EAST def. Jeff Wibawa, Encino, Calif. (2010) & Will Zalatoris, Plano, Texas (2014) WEST, 7 & 6
Day One â€” Afternoon Mixed Foursome Matches: West 3, East 2
Stephen Behr Jr., Florence, S.C. (2011) & Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y. (2010) EAST def. Kramer Hickok, Plano, Texas (2011) & Rachel Morris, Carlsbad, Calif. (2010) WEST, 3 & 2
Andrew Levitt, Ladera Ranch, Calif. (2012) & Emily Collins, Colleyville, Texas (2010) WEST def. Nicholas Reach, Moscow, Pa. (2011) & Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. (2013) EAST, 1-up
Logan Harrell, Huntersville, N.C. (2010) & A.J. Newell, Tampa, Fla. (2011) EAST def. Jeff Wibawa, Encino, Calif. (2010) & Tiffany Lim, San Jose, Calif. (2011) WEST, 4 & 3
Michael Kim, Del Mar, Calif. (2011) & Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (2011) WEST def. JD Tomlinson, Gainesville, Fla. (2011) & Ashlan Ramsey, Bradenton, Fla. (2013) EAST, 4 & 3
Jay Hwang, San Diego, Calif. (2011) & Kyung Kim, Chandler, Ariz. (2012) WEST def. Franco Castro, Alpharetta, Ga. (2010) & Suzie Lee, East Northport, N.Y. (2010) EAST, 4 & 3