SANTA ROSA, Calif. – For the first time since 2012, the East Team are Wyndham Cup champions, 28.5-21.5, to improve their overall record to 10-15-3.
Chief Operating Officer Mark Oskarson, and Tournament Director Alyssa Randolph, captained a team of 11 Wyndham Cup veterans from seven states east of the Texas and North Dakota border. The East Team members will join the ranks of alumni like Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Patrick Rodgers, Webb Simpson, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Beth Bauer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, In-Bee Park, Morgan Pressel and Lexi Thompson.
The last time the East Team claimed the title, “The Putt” from Cody Proveaux clinched the win on No. 18. Proveaux and fellow teammates Mariah Stackhouse and Jaye Marie Green defeated Masters participant Brad Dalke, U.S. Open Low Amateur Scottie Scheffler and LPGA Tour player Alison Lee at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge.
In the 28th installment of the event, Rachel Heck of Memphis, Tennessee, clinched the deciding point for the East with a 4&3 win over Yujeong Son of Norman, Oklahoma. The match went back and forth before Heck picked up a stroke on No. 9 and led until No. 15 was conceded. The No. 1 player in the AJGA Rankings finished 2-0-2 for a two-year record of 4-2-2.
John Pak of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, improved his record to 4-3-1 in his two trips to the Wyndham Cup, finishing up with a 5&4 win over Shuai Ming Wong of The Woodlands, Texas. Pak’s third point of the week put the East within a half point of the team’s first outright title since 2011.
“I think what really sealed the deal was my putt on No. 10,” the future Florida State Seminole said. “It was about 20 feet, left to right, and at that point, I had all the momentum. Garrett [Barber], Won Jun [Lee] and Khavish [Varadan] were watching me, they got me hyped up and said we were doing well. At that point, I knew we were going to win.”
Prescott Butler of Old Westbury, New York, proved to be the most valuable player for the East, providing four points for the squad. Butler was the last boy in on the East Team after a T2 finish at the Polo Golf Junior Classic. The 2018 grad only played Nos. 16-18 once during the week, winning his matches 2-up, 4&3, 5&4 and 5&3. Eugene Hong of Orlando, Florida, and Paphangkorn Tavatanakit of Van Nuys, California, joined Butler as the only 4-0-0 players for the week.
The West won six matches and halved three in the final day of singles, with marquee wins from Brooke Seay of Rancho Santa Fe, California, and Ricky Castillo of Yorba Linda, California. Seay birdied her first three holes, including an 8-foot downhill putt on the par-3 No. 3 to take a commanding lead over Gina Kim of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The 2017 ANNIKA Invitational champion polished off the win with a long putt from off the fringe of No. 13 to win 7&5. Castillo never trailed in his match against Khavish Varadan of Wesley Chapel, Florida, earning his first point of the week for the West Team.
Friday Singles: East 12.5, West 7.5
Garrett Barber, Stuart, Fla. (2018) East def. Travis Vick, Houston, Texas (2019) West, 2 & 1
Brooke Seay, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (2019) West def. Gina Kim, Chapel Hill, N.C. (2018) East, 7 & 5
Won Jun Lee, (South Korea) Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2017) East def. Kaiwen Liu, (China) San Diego, Calif. (2017) West, 2 & 1
Youngin Chun, Gainesville, Fla. (2018) East def. Rose Zhang, Irvine, Calif. (2021) West, 2 & 1
Ricky Castillo, Yorba Linda, Calif. (2019) West def. Khavish Varadan, (Malaysia) Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2019) East, 4 & 3
Lei (Angelina) Ye, (China) Bradenton, Fla. (2019) East def. Calista Reyes, (Philippines) San Diego, Calif. (2018) West, 5 & 4
Sean Maruyama, (Japan) Encino, Calif. (2018) West def. Bryan Wiyang Teoh, (Malaysia) Jupiter, Fla. (2018) East, 3 & 2
Hailey Jones, Dallas, Texas (2019) West def. Emily Hawkins, Lexington, N.C. (2018) East, 2-up
Eugene Hong, Orlando, Fla. (2018) East def. Clay Seeber, Newport Beach, Calif. (2019) West, 4 & 2
Aubree Jones, Covington, Tenn. (2017) East def. Nicole Whiston, San Diego, Calif. (2019) West, 4 & 2
Canon Claycomb, Bowling Green, Ky. (2020) East def. Turner Hosch, Dallas, Texas (2019) West, 3 & 1
Erica Shepherd, Greenwood, Ind. (2019) East vs. Lucy Li, Redwood Shores, Calif. (2020) West, halved
Prescott Butler, Old Westbury, N.Y. (2018) East def. Joe Highsmith, Lakewood, Wash. (2018) West, 5 & 3
Jennifer Chang, Cary, N.C. (2018) East vs. Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas (2017) West, halved
Wocheng (Aden) Ye, (China) Lake Mary, Fla. (2018) East vs. Ryan Grider, Lewisville, Texas (2017) West, halved
Rachel Heck, Memphis, Tenn. (2020) East def. Yujeong Son, (South Korea) Norman, Okla. (2019) West, 4 & 3
John Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J. (2017) East def. Shuai Ming Wong, (Hong Kong) The Woodlands, Texas (2018) West, 5 & 4
Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Fla. (2022) East def. Alyaa Abdulghany, Newport Beach, Calif. (2017) West, 3 & 1
Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas (2018) West def. Karl Vilips, (Australia) Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2020) East, 2 & 1
Paphangkorn Tavatanakit, (Thailand) Van Nuys, Calif. (2017) West def. Emilia Migliaccio, Cary, N.C. (2017) East, 3 & 2
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.