WEST LEADS 8-7
AFTER DAY ONE OF CANON CUP
An evenly matched day one sets up for an exciting day two
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Spectators and juniors alike were kept on their toes throughout the day, watching as the East and West Teams battled back and forth for the lead. It came down to the final hole of the day, and the West stepped up to the challenge, taking a one-point lead after ending the day at 8-7.
The American Junior Golf Association’s Canon Cup, now in its 17th 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 – 10 boys and 10 girls – who were selected based on an AJGA points system that rewarded them for top finishes in national junior golf events. The event is being held at the Conway Farms Golf Club. The East leads the West 8-7-1 in all-time competition.
Beginning with four-ball matches, the East Team took an early hold in the morning by earning the first two points of the day. Isabelle Lendl of Bradenton, Fla., and Vicky Hurst of Melbourne, Fla., remained strong throughout the round by making eight birdies as a tandem to close out Taylore Karle of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Kimberly Kim of Pahoa, Hawaii, of the West Team 4 and 3.
“It’s always good to have someone there (playing with you) because it’s okay if you make a mistake,” Lendl said. “We knew we’d be good together.”
Peter Uihlein and Arnond Vongvanij, both of Bradenton, Fla., sealed the second point of the morning for the East, winning their match 5 and 4 over Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif., and Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor, Wash. The lopsided victory came as a surprise, with each of the four players being ranked in the top 15 of the Rolex AJGA Rankings.
When the third match was halved, the West Team countered the first two East victories with two of their own.
“We just told ourselves that anything can happen,” said Andrew Yun of Tacoma, Wash., who with Richard Lee of Chandler, Ariz., won the first point for the West Team. “We’ve just got to stay in the moment.”
The result of the final five matches mirrored that of the first five, with both the East and West Teams taking two additional points and halving a second match. They were all tightly contested, going 16 holes or longer to determine the matches. The four-ball matches ended in a tie, 5-5.
The pace changed in the afternoon, with five mixed foursome matches. However, this time it was the West Team that took the first point of the round. Stephanie Kono and Tadd Fujikawa, both of Honolulu, Hawaii, grabbed an early lead, winning their match 2 and 1 over In-Kyung Kim of Marriottsville, Md., and David Yujin Chung of Fayetteville, N.C.
“It was fun,” Kono said. “We play together a lot and we know each other’s game. It feels good to contribute to your team.”
Once again it was tied with both the East and West Teams holding 2 points. Crowded around 18 green, the red of the East and the blue of the West sat divided, anxiously awaiting the final match of the day. The crowd fell silent as Jane Rah of Torrance, Calif., sank a par putt that won the match and gave the West the lead heading into Wednesday. Her partner, Cody Gribble of Dallas, Texas, was elated with the win.
“It just felt like we were in control,” he said, “putting pressure on (the East Team).”
The West Team now holds a one-point lead and the honors for Wednesday’s matches. Play will begin at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday off the first tee with foursome matches. The afternoon will consist of mixed four-ball matches and is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.
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 junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch, USA, which enters its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 280 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
In 1990 the inaugural Canon Cup featured then rising stars Tiger Woods and Emilee Klein representing the West Team, squaring off against Stewart Cink and Vicki Goetze defending the East. Since then notable juniors to represent the East include Charles Howell III, David Gossett, and Casey Wittenberg. Alumni of the West Team include Ryan Moore, Grace Park, and Paula Creamer.
For more information about Canon Cup, contact tournament headquarters at (847) 234-2887 or visit the AJGA’s Web site at ajga.org.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Day One Results from the 17th annual Canon Cup conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Conway Farms Golf Club. Par: Boys: 35-36—71; Girls: 35-36—71. Yardage: Boys: 7,078; Girls: 6,229. Rating/Slope: Boys: 75.2/148; Girls: 72.8/134.
Day 1: West 8, East 7
MORNING FOUR-BALL MATCHES: WEST 5, EAST 5
Isabelle Lendl, Bradenton, Fla. (2009) & Vicky Hurst, Melbourne, Fla. (2008) EAST def.
Taylore Karle, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2008) & Kimberly Kim, Pahoa, Hawaii (2009) WEST, 4 and 3
Peter Uihlein, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) & Arnond Vongvanij, Bradenton, Fla. (2007) EAST def.
Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif. (2007) & Kyle Stanley, Gig Harbor, Wash. (2006) WEST, 5 and 4
Sydnee Michaels, Temecula, Calif. (2006) & Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif. (2008) WEST vs.
So-Hyun Park, Bradenton, Fla. (2007) & Joy Kim, Duluth, Ga. (2007) EAST, Halved
Richard Lee, Chandler, Ariz. (2009) & Andrew Yun, Tacoma, Wash. (2009) WEST def.
Tommy Mou, Bradenton, Fla. (2009) & Mu Hu, Celebration, Fla. (2008) EAST, 2 and 1
Mindy Kim, Diamond Bar, Calif. (2008) & Esther Choe, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2007) WEST def.
Michelle Grilli, Lutherville, Md. (2006) & Natalie Sheary, West Hartford, Conn. (2007) EAST, 3 and 2
Tadd Fujikawa, Honolulu, Hawaii (2009) & Gregor Main, Danville, Calif. (2008) WEST vs.
David Yujin Chung, Fayetteville, N.C. (2008) & Ji Moon, Lake Mary, Fla. (2007) EAST, Halved
Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (2008) & Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. (2009) WEST def.
Megan Grehan, Mamaroneck, N.Y. (2007) & Kristina Wong, Bradenton, Fla. (2009) EAST, 3 and 1
Lion Kim, Lake Mary, Fla. (2007) & Patrick Reed, Baton Rouge, La. (2009) EAST def.
Cody Gribble, Dallas, Texas (2009) & Drew Kittleson, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2007) WEST, 1-up
Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. (2008) & Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (2009) WEST def.
In-Kyung Kim, Marriottsville, Md. (2006) & Marika Lendl, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) EAST, 2 and 1
Bud Cauley, Jacksonville, Fla. (2008) & Spencer Cole, Greer, S.C. (2007) EAST def.
Kevin Tway, Edmond, Okla. (2007) & Josh Jones, The Colony, Texas (2008) WEST, 3 and 2
AFTERNOON MIXED FOURSOME MATCHES: WEST 3, EAST 2
Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (2008) & Tadd Fujikawa, Honolulu, Hawaii (2009) WEST def.
In-Kyung Kim, Marriottsville, Md. (2006) & David Yujin Chung, Fayetteville, N.C. (2008) EAST, 2 and 1
Marika Lendl, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) & Bud Cauley, Jacksonville, Fla. (2008) EAST def.
Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. (2008) & Richard Lee, Chandler, Ariz. (2009) WEST, 1-up
Megan Grehan, Mamaroneck, N.Y. (2007) & Lion Kim, Lake Mary, Fla. (2007) EAST def.
Kimberly Kim, Pahoa, Hawaii (2009) & Andrew Yun, Tacoma, Wash. (2009) WEST, 2-up
Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. (2009) & Cody Gribble, Dallas, Texas (2009) WEST def.
Kristina Wong, Bradenton, Fla. (2009) & Patrick Reed, Baton Rouge, La. (2009) EAST, 1-up
Esther Choe, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2007) & Drew Kittleson, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2007) WEST def.
Michelle Grilli, Lutherville, Md. (2006) & Spencer Cole, Greer, S.C. (2007) EAST, 2 and 1