Old Sandwich Golf Club
Plymouth, Mass. • July 26 - 29
Canon Cup tied at 15 after Day 2
PLYMOUTH, Mass. — The East's lead after Wednesday morning's foursomes gradually turned into a tie by the end of the afternoon's mixed four-ball matches. The East won six out of the 10 morning matches to carry a 13-12 lead going into the afternoon. The West took three of five points in the afternoon for the second straight day, and the teams will enter Thursday's singles matches tied at 15.
The American Junior Golf Association's Canon Cup, now in its 21st 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 the Polo Golf Rankings. This year, the event is being held at Old Sandwich Golf Club. The West Team leads the all-time competition with an 11-8-1 record.
Throughout the morning, the score was tied on five separate occasions and neither team led by more than one point. The difference came down to the final match where the East's JD Tomlinson of Gainesville, Fla., protected a 1-up lead on the 18th green to save par with an eight-foot putt.
Much like the morning, the afternoon matches were neck-and-neck. Tanner Kesterson of Plano, Texas, and Emily Tubert of Burbank, Calif., were 3-down at the turn against the East's Justin Thomas of Goshen, Ky., and Emma Talley of Princeton, Ky.
“I told him (Kesterson), ‘Look right now, the story is you've lost all three of your matches and we just lost this match. That's the story now, but we can change it,'” Tubert said. “'They won three holes on the front nine. We've got another nine holes to turn it around here. Let's make a comeback here, let's have something we can remember.'”
Kesterson responded to Tubert's inspiring words by hitting 8-iron to eight feet on the par-5 10th hole, then making the putt for eagle to bring their three-hole deficit down to only two. After winning Nos. 14, 15 and 16, Kesterson and Tubert added a point for the West with a 1-up victory.
As the last match of the day made it to No. 18, The West and East were deadlocked at 14.5 points. The West's Preston Valder of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Ani Gulugian of Irvine, Calif., and the East's Oliver Schniederjans of Powder Springs, Ga., and Victoria Tanco of Bradenton, Fla., tied 14 of their 18 holes, so it was only fitting that the match was halved.
“Victoria and I played solid,” Schniederjans said. “We just tied every hole and couldn't get the numbers to work out right.”
Thursday's single matches feature 20 head-to-head matchups. On the girls' side, two-time Rolex Junior Player of the Year Victoria Tanco will face Emily Tubert, the 2010 Women's Amateur Public Links champion. On the boys' side, the last two FootJoy Invitational champions will square off — Justin Thomas (2009) and Tanner Kesterson (2010).
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 AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.
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AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 400 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.
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 of the East. Since then, notable juniors to represent the East include Charles Howell III, Lucas Glover and Cristie Kerr. Alumni of the West Team include Ryan Moore, Grace Park and Paula Creamer.
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PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Day two results from the Canon Cup conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Old Sandwich Golf Club. Par: Boys: 36-35 — 71; Girls: 36-35 — 71. Yardage: Boys: 6,790; Girls: 6,166. Rating/Slope: Boys: 73.6/138; Girls: 76.7/139
TOTAL — West 15, East 15 (Day One — West 8, East 7; Day Two — East 8, West 7)
Suzie Lee, East Northport, N.Y. (2010) & McKenzie Talbert, North Augusta, S.C. (2013) EAST def.
Justin Thomas, Goshen, Ky. (2011) & Logan Harrell, Huntersville, N.C. (2010) EAST def.
Tiffany Lim, San Jose, Calif. (2011) & Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (2011) WEST def.
Andrew Levitt, Ladera Ranch, Calif. (2012) & Preston Valder, Yorba Linda, Calif. (2011) WEST def.
Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. (2013) & Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y. (2010) EAST def.
Nicholas Reach, Moscow, Pa. (2011) & Stephen Behr Jr., Florence, S.C. (2011) EAST def.
Ginger Howard, Bradenton, Fla. (2012) & A.J. Newell, Tampa, Fla. (2011) EAST def.
Jay Hwang, San Diego, Calif. (2011) & Seiji Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. (2010) WEST def.
Emily Tubert, Burbank, Calif. (2010) & Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. (2011) WEST def.
Andrew Knox, Cary, N.C. (2010) & JD Tomlinson, Gainesville, Fla. (2011) EAST def.
Day Two — Afternoon Mixed Four-Ball Matches: West 3, East 2
Tanner Kesterson, Plano, Texas (2011) & Emily Tubert, Burbank, Calif. (2010) WEST def.
Patrick Rodgers, Avon, Ind. (2011) & McKenzie Talbert, North Augusta, S.C. (2013) EAST def.
Will Zalatoris, Plano, Texas (2014) & Casey Grice, College Station, Texas (2010) WEST vs.
Preston Valder, Yorba Linda, Calif. (2011) & Ani Gulugian, Irvine, Calif. (2010) WEST vs.
AJ McInerney, Henderson, Nev. (2012) & Lindsey Weaver, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2012) WEST def.