AJGA CANON CUP
Biltmore Forest Country Club
Asheville, North Carolina
August 6-9, 2001
EAST EXTENDS LEAD AS DAY TWO CONCLUDES
AT BILTMORE FOREST East veteran Wongluekiet continues success at Canon
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The East relied
on strong morning performances in the Foursome matches
to take a 16 ½ - 13 ½ lead heading into
Thursday's Singles matches at the 12th annual Canon
The Canon Cup, conducted by the American
Junior Golf Association, features the nation's top 40
junior golfers, ages 13-18. The competition pits the
East vs. West 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. In the field is 28 Polo Golf Junior All-Americans,
including eight first-teamers. Past participants of
the event include Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink, David Gossett,
Charles Howell III, Grace Park and Wendy Ward. The Canon
Cup will be decided with the first team reaches 25 ½.
The East leads the all-time series 7-3-1.
East members Chan Song Wongluekiet of
Bradenton, Fla., and Casey Wittenberg of Memphis, Tenn.,
led the morning Four-Ball matches, coming back from
2-down, after knocking in birdies on Nos. 16 and 17
to win 1-up over Ryan Baca of Richmond, Texas, and Jay
Reynolds of Austin, Texas.
Wongluekiet ran his 2001 Canon Cup record
to 3-0 and his three-year mark to 9-1-1 when he teamed
in Mixed Four-ball with Brittany Lincicome of Pinellas
Park, Fla., to knock off Whitney Welch of Las Vegas,
Nev., and Jonathan Moore of Portland, Ore., 2 and 1.
"I told Chan heading into the No.
17 (during his afternoon match) that he was my horse
and I had no doubt he would come through with a victory,"
said East team captain Todd Garten. "He hasn't
let me down yet and I don't expect him too."
East teammates Webb Simpson of Raleigh,
N.C., and Brendon Todd of Cary, N.C., kicked off the
morning in fine fashion winning the day's first match
over Ryan Moore of Puyallup, Wash., and Drew Pigg of
Plano, Texas, 3 and 2.
"It's a big confidence builder for
not only Brendon and I, but the entire East team,"
said Simpson. "I halved both of my matches yesterday,
so it's nice to finally get a point under my belt."
The match of the morning pitted West teamers
and fellow Plano, Texas, natives Matthew Rosenfeld and
Jeff Bell against James Vargas of Miami and Roberto
Castro of Alpharetta, Ga. With the match standing at
all square heading into the 17th hole, Rosenfeld stunned
the crowd after chipping in from 30 feet for birdie.
Fellow first-team Polo Golf Junior All-American Vargas
matched Rosenfeld's birdie with one of his own, draining
a 25-footer to remain all square.
"For some reason I knew Matt was
going to chip it in," said Vargas. "I knew
I had to make it and I wasn't going to leave it short."
Vargas hit his approach to about 20 feet
on the par-4 18th hole, setting up Castro with a birdie
opportunity. Rosenfeld's iron shot landed in the rough,
30 feet right of the hole. Bell was left with a difficult
downhill chip shot that ended up 20 feet below the hole.
With an East par already in the bag, Rosenfeld came
up big, draining a clutch putt to halve the match.
"Bell put me in great position with
a solid drive off the 18th tee and I let him down with
a bad approach shot," said the 2000 Polo Golf Junior
Player of the Year Rosenfeld. "My putter had been
working all day and I knew I could make it."
Paula Creamer of Pleasanton, Calif., and
Allison Martin of Bakersfield, Calif., garnered the
first of two victories for the West in the morning with
a 3 and 2 victory over Lisa Tyler of Lighthouse Point,
Fla., and Aimee Cho of Orlando, Fla. Welch and Brittany
Lang of McKinney, Texas, carded the other win with a
5 and 4 triumph over Whitney Code of Tampa, Fla., and
Whitney Wade of Glasgow, Ky.
The West squad battled back in the afternoon,
edging the East 3-2. R. Moore and Lani Elston of Spokane,
Wash., led off the Mixed Four-Ball matches with a 5
and 3 victory over Vargas and Elizabeth Janangelo of
West Hartford, Conn.
Twenty Singles Matches begin Thursday
at 7:30 a.m. off the No. 1 tee. For more information
on the AJGA Canon Cup, please call tournament headquarters
at (828) 274-1261, ext. 281.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Day two results from the 12th
annual Canon Cup, conducted by American Junior Golf
Association at Biltmore Forest Country Club, par 35-35-70.
Yardage: Boys 6,602; Girls 5,957.
DAY ONE TOTALS: EAST 8 1/2 WEST
6 1/2 DAY TWO TOTALS: EAST 16 1/2 WEST 13 1/2
MORNING FOURSOME MATCHES
DAY ONE: WEST 5 1/2 EAST 4 1/2 DAY TWO: EAST 6 WEST
Webb Simpson, Raleigh, N.C., & Brendon
Todd, Cary, N.C. (EAST) def. Ryan Moore, Puyallup, Wash.,
& Drew Pigg, Plano, Texas (WEST) 3 and 2.
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