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Bulls Bay Golf Club to host Wyndham Cup for the first time

The storied event makes its return to the schedule after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19
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The Wyndham Cup returns to the AJGA schedule, celebrating more than 30 years of storied team match play competition.

Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, South Carolina, will become the 24th course to host the Wyndham Cup and a first-time AJGA venue, July 6-9, 2021.

Since 1990, the Wyndham Cup has brought together 40 of the country’s top junior golfers (20 males and 20 females) in an East versus West team match play tournament. This year’s teams were determined by a dividing line that runs from the eastern border of Texas, extending northward through the eastern border of North Dakota.

Five match play formats are played over the course of three days: four-ball, mixed four-ball, foursomes, mixed foursomes and singles. A total of 50 points is available, and each competitor will play singles and three of the other four formats.

In addition to featuring some of the world’s best junior golfers annually, the Wyndham Cup is known for its iconic host venues. Bulls Bay Golf Club joins a list that features Old Sandwich Golf Club, Mayacama Golf Club, The Stanwich Club, and Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge.

Bulls Bay Golf Club

The AJGA and Bulls Bay Golf Club do share history in the Palmetto state. Each year, the Hootie Intercollegiate at Bulls Bay hosts 15 of the best DI men’s teams in the country. The Hootie Intercollegiate is hosted by the world-renowned band and all-around golf enthusiast Hootie and the Blowfish. In the 16 years of the tournament, dozens of AJGA alumni have competed in both events.

Since 2016 alone, 18 golfers earned this distinction. Most notable is PGA TOUR professional and AJGA tournament host Matthew NeSmith. The 2012 Rolex Junior Player of the Year led the East Team to back-to-back Wyndham Cup victories in 2011 and 2012 with a match play record of 6-2-0. NeSmith went on to play for South Carolina, where he helped lead the Gamecocks to a team victory at the 2016 Hootie (finishing T10 individually). As a professional, NeSmith won the Korn Ferry Tour’s 2019 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco to secure his PGA TOUR card. NeSmith first hosted an AJGA event in his home state in fall 2020.

Bulls Bay offers a timeless golf experience. What was once a flat stretch of Lowcountry coastline has since been molded into a landscape reminiscent of the links courses of Scotland and Ireland. In building the course, roughly two million cubic yards of earth was moved, paving the way for a course that now boasts 75-foot elevation changes and 360-degree views unlike any in the Lowcountry.

Past Wyndham Cup participants include today’s stars: Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lang and Alison Lee.

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The victorious East Team from the 2019 Wyndham Cup.

The East enters as defending champion because the 2020 Wyndham Cup was cancelled due to COVID-19. The East won 27.5-22.5 in 2019 at Old Town Club in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Overall however, the West has dominated over the event’s 30-year history with an all-time record of 16-11-3.

The 2021 Wyndham Cup kicks off Tuesday, July 6, with a Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament in the morning, and evening welcome dinner. Three days of competition follows Wednesday, July 7, through Friday, July 9.