The Canon Cup, an American Junior Golf Association team event bringing together the top 40 juniors in the nation, was not close heading into the final round.
And the West squad, which led by seven heading into the last day Aug. 11, made sure it didn’t get any closer.
The West won four of the first five matches on the way to a convincing 301⁄2-191⁄2 victory at the Capital City Club.
The decisive point of the competition was earned when Roberto Galletti Jr., of Clayton, Calif., defeated David Yujin Chung of Fayetteville, N.C., 3 and 2.
“It feels really good to have earned the point,” said Galletti. “But I didn’t have any bigger part than the rest of my team. We all worked hard out there.”
Building on its commanding 181⁄2-111⁄2 lead after two days of play, the West won 11 of Thursday’s 20 singles matches and halved two matches.
Ten boys and 10 girls made up each team, with the East and West being divided by a traditional border – the Mississippi River. Team members were selected based on an AJGA points system that rewarded them for top finishes in national junior golf events.
The West was powerful throughout the week, led by three players who went undefeated throughout the competition.
Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Hsiao-Ching Lu of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., went 3-0-1. (All players earned a half-point for the Day 2 afternoon matches, which were canceled because of weather). It was Blumenherst’s final AJGA event before heading to Duke University.
“This is so exciting, but at the same time so sad,” said the three-time Rolex Junior All-American.
“The AJGA has been my summers since I was 13 years old. It will be sad to move on and leave all this fun behind.”
The victory returned the Cup to the West after a one-year absence.
The West team had won three consecutive matches before the East team rallied for a 251⁄2-241⁄2 victory at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. Following the West’s fourth victory in the past five years, the East now leads the overall series, 8-7-1.
Past Canon Cup players include current pro standouts Tiger Woods, Charles Howell III, Grace Park and Paula Creamer.