East leads #WyndhamCup after first day

SANTA ROSA, Calif. - The first day of the 28th Wyndham Cup lived up to the excitement, as the East Team holds an 8.5-6.5 lead heading into Thursday at Mayacama Golf Club.

The West Team got off to a quick start in the morning four-ball matches, leading in six matches to the East Team’s one once all matches had teed off on No. 1. Midway through the morning, the East Team came roaring back with a lead in five matches to West’s three.

The first match of the day went the distance to give the East Team its first point of the day. John Pak of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, and Garrett Barber of Stuart, Florida, took the lead for the East on No. 2 until Texans Shuai Ming Wong of The Woodlands, and Cole Hammer of Houston, squared it up on No. 7. The West held the lead on Nos. 9 through 15 before the East squared the match again. Barber clinched the East team’s first point with his third eagle of the day on No. 18.

“It’s really important to have people that are comfortable going out first because there’s so much on the first tee and early on,” Barber said on the veteran duo’s 12-under-par 60 on the day. “It’s important to get some momentum. With the finish we had, I think it will carry a lot of momentum into the afternoon.”

The East took another five morning matches to the West Team’s four to keep it tight heading into the afternoon’s mixed foursome matches.

The West kicked off the afternoon mixed foursome matches with a 2&1 win over the East. Future UCLA Bruins Paphangkorn Tavatanakit of Van Nuys, California, and Sean Maruyama of Encino, California, were 2-down through No. 12 before turning up the heat to go 2-0-0 for the day. The pair had their morning partners as afternoon caddies, as Clay Seeber and Alyaa Abdulghany, both of Newport Beach, California, carried the bags.

“Teamwork is critical for this week,” the reigning Rolex Junior Player of the Year said. “We definitely had each other out there, with Alyaa by my side. We made a really good team, and I’m glad it’s going well for my first Wyndham Cup.”

Thursday will feature 10 foursomes matches in the morning and five mixed four-ball matches in the afternoon. The Wyndham Cup will conclude Friday with 20 singles matches. The West Team needs 25 points to retain the Wyndham Cup, while the East needs 25 1/2 points to win.

Morning Four-Ball Results

John Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J. (2017) & Garrett Barber, Stuart, Fla. (2018) East def. Shuai Ming Wong, (Hong Kong) The Woodlands, Texas (2018) & Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas (2018) West, 2-up

Alyaa Abdulghany, Newport Beach, Calif. (2017) & Paphangkorn Tavatanakit, (Thailand) Van Nuys, Calif. (2017) West def. Jennifer Chang, Cary, N.C. (2018) & Gina Kim, Chapel Hill, N.C. (2018) East, 1-up

Sean Maruyama, (Japan) Encino, Calif. (2018) & Clay Seeber, Newport Beach, Calif. (2019) West def. Won Jun Lee, (South Korea) Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2017) & Bryan Wiyang Teoh, (Malaysia) Jupiter, Fla. (2018) East, 4 & 3

Erica Shepherd, Greenwood, Ind. (2019) & Aubree Jones, Covington, Tenn. (2017) East def. Hailey Jones, Dallas, Texas (2019) & Calista Reyes, (Philippines) San Diego, Calif. (2018) West, 1-up

Canon Claycomb, Bowling Green, Ky. (2020) & Prescott Butler, Old Westbury, N.Y. (2018) East def. Ryan Grider, Lewisville, Texas (2017) & Joe Highsmith, Lakewood, Wash. (2018) West, 2-up

Brooke Seay, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (2019) & Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas (2017) West def. Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Fla. (2022) & Emily Hawkins, Lexington, N.C. (2018) East, 2 & 1

Wocheng (Aden) Ye, (China) Lake Mary, Fla. (2018) & Eugene Hong, Orlando, Fla. (2018) East def. Turner Hosch, Dallas, Texas (2019) & Travis Vick, Houston, Texas (2019) West, 3 & 2

Rose Zhang, Irvine, Calif. (2021) & Nicole Whiston, San Diego, Calif. (2019) West def. Youngin Chun, Gainesville, Fla. (2018) & Lei (Angelina) Ye, (China) Bradenton, Fla. (2019) East, 2 & 1

Khavish Varadan, (Malaysia) Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2019) & Karl Vilips, (Australia) Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2020) East def. Kaiwen Liu, (China) San Diego, Calif. (2017) & Ricky Castillo, Yorba Linda, Calif. (2019) West, 2 & 1

Emilia Migliaccio, Cary, N.C. (2017) & Rachel Heck, Memphis, Tenn. (2020) East def. Lucy Li, Redwood Shores, Calif. (2020) & Yujeong Son, (South Korea) Norman, Okla. (2019) West, 6 & 5

Afternoon Mixed Foursome Results

Sean Maruyama, (Japan) Encino, Calif. (2018) & Paphangkorn Tavatanakit, (Thailand) Van Nuys, Calif. (2017) West def. John Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J. (2017) & Jennifer Chang, Cary, N.C. (2018) East, 2 & 1

Joe Highsmith, Lakewood, Wash. (2018) & Calista Reyes, (Philippines) San Diego, Calif. (2018) West def. Garrett Barber, Stuart, Fla. (2018) & Aubree Jones, Covington, Tenn. (2017) East, 4 & 3

Prescott Butler, Old Westbury, N.Y. (2018) & Lei (Angelina) Ye, (China) Bradenton, Fla. (2019) East def. Ryan Grider, Lewisville, Texas (2017) & Hailey Jones, Dallas, Texas (2019) West, 4 & 3

Wocheng (Aden) Ye, (China) Lake Mary, Fla. (2018) & Youngin Chun, Gainesville, Fla. (2018) East def. Turner Hosch, Dallas, Texas (2019) & Rose Zhang, Irvine, Calif. (2021) West, 3 & 1

Karl Vilips, (Australia) Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2020) & Rachel Heck, Memphis, Tenn. (2020) East vs. Kaiwen Liu, (China) San Diego, Calif. (2017) & Yujeong Son, (South Korea) Norman, Okla. (2019) West, halved


About Wyndham Cup

Since 1990, Wyndham Cup has brought together 40 of the country’s top junior golfers in an East-versus-West team match play tournament. In 2016, the West Team claimed the Cup for the fourth straight year with a 26-24 win at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, improving its all-time record to 15-9-3. This year, the country dividing line will run from the eastern border of Texas and extend northward through the eastern border of North Dakota. Wyndham Cup will feature five formats: four-ball, mixed four-ball, foursomes, mixed foursomes and singles. A total of 50 points is available, and every player competes in singles matches and three of the four other formats.

About Wyndham Worldwide

Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world’s leading diversified providers of travel-related products and services for businesses and individual consumers, is the official hotel partner of the AJGA. Since 2011, Wyndham Worldwide has supported the Wyndham Cup, and in 2014, Wyndham Worldwide announced it would endow an Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant to support talented junior golfers who lack the financial resources to play a national junior golf schedule.

About the AJGA

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 12-19) of more than 6,600 members from 50 states and 55 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.

TaylorMade-adidas Golf became the AJGA’s National Sponsor in 2016 after more than 25 years of support. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2017, adidas joined the AJGA as a Premier Partner, serving as the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 830 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas, Stacy Lewis, Ariya Jutanugarn, Alison Lee, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.