The Canon Cup
trophy changed hands in dramatic fashion Thursday, as the East
team completed an impressive two-day rally to edge the West 25
½ to 24 ½ in the 15th annual Canon Cup. In what
became the deciding match of the tournament, Jon McLean of Weston,
Fla., held on at No. 18 to halve his bout with Lucas Lee of Torrance,
Calif., closing out the win and sending the East crowd into a
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
win broke the West’s three-year winning streak and improved
the East’s overall record to 8-6-1.
Lee by one after 16 holes, and needed to win one hole to prevent
a Canon Cup tie. After Lee missed his par putt on No. 17, McLean
sank a five-footer to bring the match back to all square.
more pressure than I’ve ever felt, with everyone there from
both teams,” McLean said. “I just hit it soft and
The West team
led by one point entering the final day, but the East won 11 of
the 20 singles matches and halved two matches to prevent a tie,
which would have resulted in the West keeping the trophy.
of Boca Raton, Fla., and Webb Simpson of Raleigh, N.C., set the
tone early for the East team, winning their matches 1-up against
Angela Park of Torrance, Calif., and Jordan Cox of Redwood City,
of Navarre, Fla., closed out Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale,
Ariz., 4 and 3, to give the East three wins in the first four
matches, and Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Fla. won the 18th
hole to halve her match with Taylor Leon of Dallas.
said her Canon Cup experience topped shooting a 66 in the first
round of the U.S. Women’s Open in July.
was nothing in comparison – this is my favorite tournament
every year,” Lincicome said. “I always look forward
to this – hanging out in rooms with the girls, buying a
bunch of red and white stuff.”
The West team
didn’t lay down without a fight. Rolex Girls Junior Player
of the Year Paula Creamer of Pleasanton, Calif., defeated Sukjin-Lee
Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J., 1-up on No. 18 to give the West
a one-point lead with three matches remaining.
The East team,
however, grinded out two wins to take the lead. Julieta Granada
of Bradenton, Fla., put away Allison Goodman of San Diego, 5 and
4, and Mallory Hetzel of Summerville, S.C., defeated Sydney Burlison,
3 and 2, to bring the East’s point total to 25.
was a great ending,” Creamer said. “(The East) played
a lot of good golf and we didn’t just give it to them. Hopefully
I will get to play next year because this was so much fun.”
Matt Cuccaro said his team’s enthusiasm was essential to
the victory, his first in three years as a Canon Cup team captain.
all really started this morning at 7:30 a.m.,” Cuccaro said.
“All 20 of our players showed up on No. 1 to cheer on the
first group – that just shows how they came together as
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Day three 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.
THREE TOTAL: EAST 25 ½, WEST 24 ½
EAST 11, WEST 9
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (2006) WEST def. Brian Harman, Savannah,
Ga. (2005) EAST, 2&1
Boca Raton, Fla. (2006) EAST def. Angela Park, Torrance, Calif.
(2006) WEST, 1-up
Raleigh, N.C. (2004) EAST def. Jordan Cox, Redwood City, Calif.
(2006) WEST, 1-up
Navarre, Fla. (2004) EAST def. Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale,
Ariz. (2005) WEST, 4&3
Scottsdale, Ariz. (2007) WEST def. Jarred Texter, Millersville,
Pa. (2004) EAST, 2&1
Seminole, Fla. (2004) EAST vs. Taylor Leon, Dallas, Texas (2005)
Tuscaloosa, Ala. (2004) EAST def. Kevin Schultz, Richardson, Texas
(2004) WEST, 1-up
San Diego, Calif. (2005) WEST def. In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla. (2006)
Grass Valley, Calif. (2005) WEST def. Robert Gates, Jr., Gainesville,
Fla. (2004) EAST, 4&3
Wang, Orlando, Fla. (2006) EAST def. Jennie Lee, Huntington Beach,
Calif. (2005) WEST, 2&1
Pinehurst, N.C. (2005) EAST def. Rory Hie, Lakewood, Calif. (2006)
La Quinta, Calif. (2007) WEST def. Stephanie Connelly, Pasadena,
Md. (2005) EAST, 4&3
Auburn, N.Y. (2005) EAST def. Daniel Lim, Gilroy, Calif. (2005)
Pleasanton, Calif. (2005) WEST def. Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff, Toms
River, N.J. (2005) EAST, 1-up
Ward, McKinney, Texas (2006) WEST def. Noah Goldman, Longwood,
Fla. (2005) EAST, 5&3
Goshen, Conn. (2008) EAST def. Lauren Espinosa, Hickory Creek,
Texas (2005) WEST, 5&3
Wichita Falls, Texas (2004) WEST def. George Gandranata, Bradenton,
Fla. (2005) EAST, 5&4
Summerville, S.C. (2005) EAST def. Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif.
(2008) WEST, 3&2
Weston, Fla. (2004) EAST vs. Lucas Lee, Torrance, Calif. (2005)
Bradenton, Fla. (2005) EAST def. Allison Goodman, San Diego, Calif.
(2005) WEST, 5&4