David Lee and Anthony Paolucci, the AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year, helped their team secure a victory Nov. 14 in the inaugural Winn Junior Cup Challenge at Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev.
Lee sealed the Cup for Team Harmon in the match-play event against Team Gulbis by making bogey on the 17th hole to close out Cindy Feng. Paolucci defeated Kristen Park, the girls player of the year, in the other match.
All four players were the top point earners in the 19 events that Winn Grips sponsored throughout the 2010 season. At the Winn Junior Cup Challenge, they received three days of instruction and interaction with swing coach Butch Harmon and LPGA star Natalie Gulbis.
“To look back on this and say that Cindy, Kristen, David and I were the first ones to play in this event is pretty cool,” Paolucci said. “And to be around Butch Harmon and all his tips and lessons is such a great experience.”
Paolucci, who is No. 1 in Golfweek’s Junior Rankings, has signed with USC. He finished inside the top 5 in his seven junior starts this season, including victories at the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior and AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions.
Lee, No. 21 in Golfweek’s rankings, won in April at the AJGA Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions.
Information from the AJGA was used in this report.