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July 8, 2010

2010 Canon Cup Teams Named

From left to right: Victoria Tanco, Oliver Schniederjans, Tanner Kesterson and Rachel Morris will try to help their teams to victory at the 2010 Canon Cup.

The teams have been set for the 21st annual East-versus-West battle. Each squad for the 2010 Canon Cup will consist of 10 boys and 10 girls from their respective side of the Mississippi River, ready to face off at Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass., July 26-29.

The West leads the series at 11-8-1 and, after five straight victories, looks to continue its winning streak with five veterans returning to the team. Ani Gulugian of Irvine, Calif., Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Wash., Tiffany Lim of San Jose, Calif., and Rachel Morris of Carlsbad, Calif., have all brought home a Canon Cup title. Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif., winner of the 2010 Rolex Tournament of Champions, has amassed a record of 7-5-0 in three previous Canon Cup competitions.

Tanner Kesterson of Plano, Texas, will start as the highest-ranked West player for the boys. Kesterson recently earned a victory at the FootJoy Invitational. A 2009 Rolex Junior All-American, Kesterson has six additional top-10 finishes, including a tie for seventh at the 2010 Rolex Tournament of Champions. This will be his first Canon Cup appearance.

The girls top-ranked player is two-time Canon Cup selection, Rachel Morris of Carlsbad, Calif. Morris was a member of the 2008 and 2009 winning teams and has a career record of 4-3-1 at the event. A four-time Rolex Junior All-American and two-time HP Scholastic Junior All-American, Morris has an impressive resume that includes seven AJGA victories. Morris has already earned three top-five finishes in 2010 and will attend the University of Southern California in the fall.

After being defeated in the last boys match on the 18th hole last year, the East will attempt to bounce back in 2010 and end the West’s recent string of wins. Nine Rolex Junior All-Americans look to help the team to victory.

With all new faces on the boys’ side, Oliver Schniederjans of Powder Springs, Ga., will lead the group as the highest ranked boy, sitting at No. 4 in the Polo Golf Rankings. Champion of the 2009 Polo Golf Junior Classic, Schniederjans is a second-team Rolex Junior All-American. His 2010 accomplishments include a tie for fifth at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods and a tie for 11th at the Thunderbird International Junior.

The girls of the East will bring experience to the competition.  Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., Kelly Shon of Port Washington, N.Y., and Victoria Tanco of Bradenton, Fla., all have one Canon Cup under their belt.

Tanco will headline the girls’ side ranked No. 2 in the Polo Golf Rankings. Tanco went 4-0-0 in the 2008 Canon Cup and holds five AJGA titles, including a win at the ANNIKA Invitational in January.  In all, Tanco has racked up 20 top-10 finishes in national junior golf competition.

The three-day event will feature team match play competition with matches that include four-ball, mixed-four-ball, foursomes, mixed-foursomes and singles. Visit ajga.org during the tournament to follow the action from one of the AJGA’s most unique and spirited competitions.

West    
Boys    
Kramer Hickok     
Plano, Texas     
2011
Jay Hwang    San Diego, Calif. 2011
Tanner Kesterson           Plano, Texas        2011
Michael Kim Del Mar, Calif.   2011
Andrew Levitt 
Ladera Ranch, Calif.   
2012
Seiji Liu
Beverly Hills, Calif.
2010
AJ McInerney     Henderson, Nev.               2012
Preston Valder Yorba Linda, Calif. 2011
Jeff Wibawa       Encino, Calif.     2010
Will Zalatoris     Plano, Texas       2014
     
Girls    
Emily Collins  Colleyville, Texas 2010
Casey Grice         College Station, Texas   2010
Ani Gulugian       Irvine, Calif.       2010
Kyung Kim Chandler, Ariz.   2012
Erynne Lee         Silverdale, Wash. 2011
Tiffany Lim       San Jose, Calif.   2011
Rachel Morris   Carlsbad, Calif.   2010
Kristen Park       Buena Park, Calif.             2011
Emily Tubert Burbank, Calif.   2010
Lindsey Weaver               Scottsdale, Ariz.               2012
     
East    
Boys    
Stephen Behr Jr. Florence, S.C. 2011
Franco Castro                   Alpharetta, Ga. 2010
Drew Czuchry   Auburn, Ga.                         2010
Logan Harrell     Huntersville, N.C.             2010
Andrew Knox     Cary, N.C.             2010
Nicholas Reach                 Moscow, Pa.       2011
Patrick Rodgers               Avon, Ind.           2011
Oliver Schniederjans     Powder Springs, Ga.       2011
JD Tomlinson   Gainesville, Fla.                 2011
Justin Thomas   Goshen, Ky.         2011
     
Girls    
Shannon Aubert               Championsgate, Fla.       2014
Karen Chung       Livingston, N.J. 2013
Ginger Howard                 Bradenton, Fla. 2012
Suzie Lee             East Northport, N.Y.       2010
A.J. Newell           Tampa, Fla.         2011
Ashlan Ramsey Bradenton, Fla. 2013
Kelly Shon           Port Washington, N.Y.   2010
McKenzie Talbert           North Augusta, S.C.         2013
Emma Talley     Princeton, Ky. 2012
Victoria Tanco Bradenton, Fla. 2012