The 31st Wyndham Cup tested the field on day one at Bulls Bay Golf Club with all players from the East and the West competing in morning four-ball matches followed by afternoon foursome matches. The East took the lead over the West in the morning matches by a score of 6 to 4. Following a stalemate in the afternoon, the East retained its two-point lead at 11-9.
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. 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.
The East entered as defending champion because the 2020 Wyndham Cup was canceled 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 East team's quest to retain the Cup got off to a great start with Kynadie Adams of Nashville, Tennessee, and Kaitlyn Schroeder of Jacksonville, Florida, securing the first point of the Wyndham Cup with their 4 & 3 victory over Catherine Rao of Camarillo, California, and Sophie Zhang-Murphy of Saratoga, California. The East team hasn't retained the Cup since 2012 when Cody Proveaux sunk a 10-foot par putt on the last hole to win the final match at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge for a 25-25 tie with the West. Since that victory, the East has won just two out of seven Wyndham Cups.
Following the statement win by Adams and Schroeder, the East earned another point through a substantial 4 & 2 victory by Kelly Chinn of Great Falls, Virginia, and Gordon Sargent of Birmingham, Alabama, over Anawin Pikulthong of Gilbert, Arizona, and Adam Miller of Phoenix, Arizona. The East narrowly won three more matches and earned ties in two others to get to six points after the morning.
It was rinse and repeat for Adams in the afternoon as she earned the first point for the East with her partner Bailey Shoemaker of West Edmeston, New York. The duo defeated Lucy Yuan of (Canada) San Diego, and Leigh Chien of Irvine, California, 3 & 2. The West wasn't going down without a fight, however, as Sebastian Moss of Houston, and Jacob Sosa of Austin, Texas, registered the biggest win of the day with their 5 & 4 victory over Jackson Van Paris of Pinehurst, North Carolina, and Gordon Sargent of Birmingham, Alabama.
The closest match of the afternoon was won by a set of siblings from the East. David and Maxwell Ford were 1 down with two holes to go, but they stormed back with a birdie on the par-4 No. 8 and a par on the par-4 No. 9 to get the 1 up victory over Pikulthong and Eric Lee of Fullerton, California. After all was said and done, the East and West split the afternoon points with five per side. The East leads 11-9 entering day two.
The second day of competition will feature mixed foursomes, with all players competing. A total of 10 points will be on the line.
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