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Conway Farms Set to Host 13th Annual Canon Cup
Nation’s best set to battle in East vs. West showdown

BRASELTON, Ga. — The American Junior Golf Association will conduct the 13th annual Canon Cup at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill., on August 5 - 8. Forty of the country’s best juniors will be on hand to compete in one of the most popular events on the AJGA slate.

The competition pits East vs. West (divided by the Mississippi River) 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. The first two days of competition will include several types of four-player matches before singles matches cap the event on the final day.

The West squad will look to retain the title and improve its 4-7-1 record against the East. The West team won two of the first three Canon Cups before the East ran off six straight wins during the mid 1990s. Past Canon Cup participants include Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink, David Gossett, Charles Howell, Ty Tryon, Beth Bauer, Kelli Kuehne, and Grace Park.

“Participating in the Canon Cup is a highlight of any junior career,” said Mark Oskarson, AJGA Director of Tournament Operations and Canon Cup Tournament Director. “It’s a fun week for the juniors to get to know the other players better, and the quality of golf is second-to-none.”

Twelve of the top-15 boys in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and 13 of the top-15 girls are slated to compete at Canon Cup, including top-ranked players James Vargas of Miami and Brittany Lang of McKinney, Texas. Other noteworthy participants include 2002 U.S. Women’s Open competitors Nicole Hage (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Elizabeth Janangelo (West Hartford, Conn.). Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., who made national headlines after qualifying for the 2001 U.S. Women’s Open, will represent the East in her first Canon Cup.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., sponsor of the event since the inaugural edition in 1990, is an industry leader in professional and consumer imaging systems and solutions and, through its parent company, Canon Inc. of Japan (NYSE:CAJ), is a top patent holder of imaging technologies. The company’s comprehensive product line includes networked multifunction devices; digital and analog copiers (color and black and white); printers, scanners, facsimile machines; camcorders, cameras and lenses; semiconductors, broadcast and medical equipment.

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

The largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has a membership (boys and girls ages 13-18) of more than 5,500 golfers from 50 states and 30 countries. More than 140 former AJGA members currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have more than 240 Tour victories to their credit.