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Earning Points
Caves Valley Golf Club's 18th green may be the site of the decisive point in this year's Canon Cup. Here, Stephanie Connelly prepares for her bunker shot, which she would land 10 feet from the hole and then make the putt to win the hole and the match for the East.

East wins morning matches 7-3; West holds on in afternoon mixed four-ball matches, 3-2

The East squad battled back from a four-point deficit Wednesday morning, winning seven of the day’s first 10 points, but the West held on in the afternoon to take a 15 1/2 – 14 1/2 lead after two days at the 15th annual Canon Cup.

The Canon Cup annually brings the nation’s top 40 junior golfers together for an East-vs.-West match play competition. Each team is represented by 10 boys and 10 girls during three days of competition. Past players include Tiger Woods, Charles Howell III, Grace Park and Beth Bauer.

The West has a three-year winning streak on the line, although the East leads the series, 7-6-1.

In the morning foursome matches, the East team won the first four matches of the day to force a tie after trailing 9 1/2 – 5 1/2. Among the early East winners were Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Fla., and Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., who closed out Paula Creamer of Pleasanton, Calif., and Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., 4 and 3.

“We made six birdies, and that’s hard to do in alternate shot,” Pressel said. “It’s not like they lost it – we went out and we beat them.”

The East’s Webb Simpson of Raleigh, N.C., and Jarred Texter of Millersville, Pa., also teamed up for a convincing win in their morning match, defeating Jamie Lovemark of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Philip Francis of Scottsdale, Ariz., 4 and 3.

“We got off to a rocky start, but after that we were pretty solid out there,” Simpson said. “We made six birdies and there wasn’t much the other team could do.”

In the afternoon mixed four-ball matches, the West squad was able to regroup and snag three of the five points. California natives Rory Hie of Lakewood and Angela Park of Torrance defeated Pressel and Robert Gates, Jr., of Gainesville, Fla., 5 and 4, while Jordan Cox of Redwood City, Calif., and Taylor Leon of Dallas put away Floridians Lincicome and Noah Goldman of Longwood 3 and 2.

Park and Hie put together an impressive run, making seven straight birdies starting on No. 8 to take control of their match. Park said her hot putter was a factor, but also credited her teammate.

“I made the putts that needed to be made, but my teammate Rory was key,” Park said. “He would make par and I would relax and make birdie.”

Park improved to 5-1-1 all-time in Canon Cup competition, and said she enjoys the camaraderie of the West team.

“We are a team, we play as a team, we score as a team, and we’re proud to be West team members,” Park said.

Creamer ensured that there would not be a repeat of her morning loss, teaming with Erik Flores of Grass Valley, Calif., to come back from a four-hole deficit and halve her afternoon match with Patton Kizzire of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Mallory Hetzel of Summerville, S.C.

“Paula told me on No. 8, ‘Seriously, let’s do this.’ The next hole we started hitting fairways,” Flores said.

The team atmosphere was apparent at the close of the final match of the day, as each team gathered behind No. 18 green in support of the remaining players.

Stephanie Connelly of Pasadena, Md., and Robert Riesen of Pinehurst, N.C., set off a roar from the East crowd after Connelly sunk a 10-foot putt for par to defeat Lucas Lee of Torrance, Calif., and Jennie Lee of Huntington Beach, Calif., 1-up.

“It’s so exciting out here,” Connelly said. “We were down one with two holes to play and we said ‘let’s get it,’ and we did.”

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Day two results from the 15th annual Canon Cup, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Caves Valley Golf Club. Par 36-35—71. Yardage: Boys 7,012; Girls 6,146.

DAY TWO TOTAL: WEST 15 & 1/2, EAST 14 & 1/2


Robert Gates, Jr., Gainesville, Fla. & Patton Kizzire, Tuscaloosa, Ala., EAST def. Rory Hie, Lakewood, Calif. & Lucas Lee, Torrance, Calif., WEST, 3&2

Mallory Hetzel, Summerville, S.C. & Catherina Wang, Orlando, Fla., EAST def. Allison Goodman, San Diego, Calif. & Tiffany Joh, San Diego, Calif., WEST, 1-up

Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. & David May, Auburn, N.Y., EAST def. Erik Flores, Grass Valley, Calif. & Jordan Cox, Redwood City, Calif., WEST, 1-up

Brittany Lincicome, Seminole, Fla. & Morgan Pressel, Boca Raton, Fla., EAST def. Paula Creamer, Pleasanton, Calif. & Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz., WEST, 4&3

Kevin Schultz, Richardson, Texas & Will Osborne, Wichita Falls, Texas, WEST def. Noah Goldman, Longwood, Fla. & George Gandranata, Bradenton, Fla., EAST, 5&4

Lauren Espinosa, Hickory Creek, Texas & Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif., WEST vs. Julieta Granada, Bradenton, Fla. & In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla., EAST, halved

Daniel Lim, Gilroy, Calif. & Christopher Ward, McKinney, Texas, WEST def. Robert Riesen, Pinehurst, N.C. & Jon McLean, Weston, Fla., EAST, 5&4

Jennifer Pandolfi, Navarre, Fla. & Stephanie Connelly, Pasadena, Md., EAST def. Esther Choe, La Quinta, Calif. & Taylor Leon, Dallas, Texas, WEST, 1-up

Jarred Texter, Millersville, Pa. & Webb Simpson, Raleigh, N.C., EAST def. Jamie Lovemark, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. & Philip Francis, Scottsdale, Ariz., WEST, 4&3

Jennie Lee, Huntington Beach, Calif. & Angela Park, Torrance, Calif., WEST vs. Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff, Toms River, N.J. & Marika Lendl, Goshen, Conn., EAST, halved


Erik Flores, Grass Valley, Calif. & Paula Creamer, Pleasanton, Calif., WEST vs. Patton Kizzire, Tuscaloosa, Ala. & Mallory Hetzel, Summerville, S.C., EAST, halved

Rory Hie, Lakewood, Calif. & Angela Park, Torrance, Calif., WEST def. Robert Gates, Jr., Gainesville, Fla., & Morgan Pressel, Boca Raton, Fla., EAST, 5&4

Jamie Lovemark, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. & Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz., WEST vs. Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. & In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla., EAST, halved

Jordan Cox, Redwood City, Calif. & Taylor Leon, Dallas, Texas, WEST def. Noah Goldman, Longwood, Fla. & Brittany Lincicome, Seminole, Fla., EAST, 3&2

Robert Riesen, Pinehurst, N.C. & Stephanie Connelly, Pasadena, Md., EAST, def. Lucas Lee, Torrance, Calif. & Jennie Lee, Huntington Beach, Calif., 1-up




Since 1990, Canon has supported junior golf and the American Junior Golf Association. The Canon Cup has produced countless memories while focusing the spotlight on golf's next generation of champions.

Last year, the West Canon Cup team staged a memorable comeback on the final day to defeat the East 26-24.