Santa Rosa, CA - The 33rd Wyndham Cup ends all square, bringing the all-time record to 17-12-4. Since the West Team won in 2022, they retain the cup.
The East took an early lead on day one putting the West behind 9 to 6. On day two, the West Team claimed 7.5 points, to make it a tight race heading into the singles matches on the final day.
Bryan Kim of Brookeville, Maryland, took the first match of the day 5&4 over Carson Kim of Yorba Linda, California. This early push put the East Team in good position to gain momentum in their pursuit to claim the cup.
However, tides would quickly change as the West would win the next five matches. One of which, Jasmine Koo of Cerritos, California, would drain her eagle putt on No. 18 to win 1-up over Vanderbilt commit, Sara Im of Duluth, Georgia.
PJ Maybank of Cheboygan, Michigan, and Nicholas Gross of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, would get the East back on track winning their matches, 5&3 and 5&4, respectively.
The rest of the afternoon was neck-and-neck. With six matches left to play, the two teams were tied at 22 points. Ultimately, it would come down to the final few matches of the day.
Stanford University commit, Ethan Gao of Alpharetta, Georgia, would claim a point for the East Team after his 2&1 win over the West's Jay Leng Jr of San Diego, California.
With the West Team up by one point, the East's Irene Kim of Woodstock, Maryland, won the last three holes of her match against Yana Wilson of Henderson, Nevada, to tie the match and gain a crucial half point for her team. Kim and Wilson's match would force the 2023 Wyndham Cup to be decided by the final match of the day.
The final match contested between Gianna Clemente of Estero, Florida, and Anna Davis of Spring Valley, California, would determine if the East Team would tie or if the West would win outright. Clemente would win three of her last five holes to go 1-up heading to No. 18. Clemente's par putt on the last hole would save a tie for the East Team.
The West Team won the cup in 2022 at Old Sandwich Golf Club, allowing them to retain it and hoist the trophy yet again.
The matches that went the distance and halved on No. 18 include:
- Northwestern University verbal commit, Megan Meng of Pennington, New Jersey, and 2027 grad Alice Ziyi Zhao of Irvine, California.
- University of Alabama commit, William Jennings of Greenville, South Carolina, and Oklahoma State University signee Johnnie Clark of Mesa, Arizona.
- 2026 grad Irene Kim and No.1 junior in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, Yana Wilson
11 total seniors represented both the East and West this week. The AJGA is proud that they chose to end their junior golf careers playing in the Wyndham Cup. Their names and colleges they are committed to play college golf at are below:
- Ethan Gao - Stanford University
- Johnnie Clark - Oklahoma State University
- Kiara Romero - University of Oregon
- Ashleen Kaur - Baylor University
- Kush Arora - Stanford University
- Camden Smith - University of Georgia
- PJ Maybank - University of Oklahoma
- Sara Im - Vanderbilt University
- Jaclyn LaHa - University of Virginia
- Carson Kim - Georgia Tech
- Bryan Kim - Duke University
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. A list that features Old Sandwich Golf Club, Mayacama Golf Club, The Stanwich Club, and Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
Mayacama Golf Club hosts in 2023 for the second time since 2017. Notable alumni who competed in the Wyndham Cup at Mayacama include LPGA Tour champion Rose Zhang, Major champion Patty Tavatanakit, Youngest qualifier for the U.S. Women's Open Lucy Li, and PGA TOUR member Cole Hammer.
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