West wins sixth straight Canon Cup
The West Team has captured the Canon Cup for the sixth consecutive year, defeating the East Team, 25.5-24.5, Thursday afternoon at Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.
Tied at 15 to begin the final round of singles matches, the West Team picked up crucial late victories from Ani Gulugian, Preston Valder and Rachel Morris, who earned the clinching point with a par on the 17th. It was the second straight year the West Team won with a one-point margin.
“We just knew we had to keep fighting until the end,” said Valder, who won Nos. 16 and 17 to turn a deficit into a 1-up victory in his match against Drew Czuchry. “We figured it might come down to the last couple matches, so we just kept saying we needed to believe and grind it out.”
The West Team fought back from an early deficit Thursday to win five straight singles matches, earning full points in that critical stretch from Lindsey Weaver, Will Zalatoris, Erynne Lee, Michael Kim and Tiffany Lim.
In some of the other intriguing singles matches:
• Jay Hwang, runner-up at the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur, won four straight holes to close out Nicholas Reach, 7 and 6, in the most lopsided victory of the day.
• Oliver Schniederjans won the 10th and 11th holes to take the lead for the first time since the opening hole, then never looked back en route to a 2-and-1 victory.
• Ginger Howard trailed until No. 14, but won the hole with a birdie and took down Kristen Park, recent winner of the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, 1 up.
• In the premier girls’ singles match, top-ranked Victoria Tanco defeated U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champ Emily Tubert, 4 and 3.
• Western Junior champ Patrick Rodgers, one of the favorites next week at the Junior PGA Championship, lost the first hole to Seiji Liu but never trailed again. Rodgers won 1 up.
• Rachel Morris, playing her final AJGA event before starting at USC in the fall, defeated Karen Chung, 2 and 1, in one of the day’s final matches. “There was a lot of pressure,” Morris said. “My heart was racing, but I wanted to do well for them and for me. But it was exciting at the same time. I was playing pretty well, so for it to all come together was really exciting.”
• And Justin Thomas, coming off a runner-up finish at the U.S. Junior Amateur, defeated Tanner Kesterson, 6 and 5, in the anchor match.
Information from the AJGA was used in this report.
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Match-play scores from the Canon Cup singles matches Thursday at the par-72, 6,908-yard Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.:
Kyung Kim (W) def. A.J. Newell, 2 and 1
Jay Hwang (W) def. Nicholas Reach, 7 and 6
Ashlan Ramsey (E) def. Casey Grice, 4 and 3
Stephen Behr, Jr. (E) def. Kramer Hickok, 2 and 1
Shannon Aubert (E) def. Emily Collins, 3 and 2
Andrew Knox (E) def. Andrew Levitt, 2 and 1
Lindsey Weaver (W) def. Emma Talley, 1 up
Will Zalatoris (W) def. JD Tomlinson, 2 up
Erynne Lee (W) def. Kelly Shon, 2 and 1
Michael Kim (W) def. Logan Harrell, 2 up
Tiffany Lee (W) def. McKenzie Talbert, 2 and 1
Jeff Wibawa (W) vs. Franco Castro, halved
Ani Gulugian (W) def. Suzie Lee, 5 and 3
Oliver Schniederjans (E) def. AJ McInerney, 2 and 1
Ginger Howard (E) def. Kristen Park, 1 up
Preston Valder (W) def. Drew Czuchry, 1 up
Victoria Tanco (E) def. Emily Tubert, 4 and 3
Patrick Rodgers (E) def. Seiji Liu, 1 up
Rachel Morris (W) def. Karen Chung, 2 and 1
Justin Thomas (E) def. Tanner Kesterson, 6 and 5
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Day 2: West 15 1/2, East 14 1/2
Wednesday Afternoon Mixed Four-Ball: West 3 1/2, East 1 1/2
A.J. McInerney-Lindsey Weaver (W) def. Andrew Knox-Shannon Aubert, 3 and 2
Will Zalatoris-Casey Grice (W) vs. Drew Czuchry-Ginger Howard, halved
Tanner Kesterson-Emily Tubert (W) def. Justin Thomas-Emma Talley, 1 up
Patrick Rodgers-McKenzie Talbert (E) def. Seiji Liu-Erynne Lee, 4 and 2
Preston Valder-Ani Gulugian (W) vs. Oliver Schniederjans-Victoria Tanco, halved
Wednesday Morning Foursome: East 6, West 4
Suzie Lee-McKenzie Talbert (E) def. Casey Grice-Emily Collins , 5 and 3
Justin Thomas-Logan Harrell (E) def. Tanner Kesterson-Will Zalatoris , 4 and 3
Kristen Park-Tiffany Lim (W) def. Emma Talley-Victoria Tanco, 6 and 5
Preston Valder-Andrew Levitt (W) def. Franco Castro-Oliver Schniederjans, 2 and 1
Kelly Shon-Karen Chung (E) def. Rachel Morris-Kyung Kim, 3 and 1
Nicholas Reach-Stephen Behr, Jr. (E) def. Kramer Hickok-Michael Kim, 1 up
Ginger Howard-A.J. Newell (E) def. Ani Gulugian-Lindsey Weaver, 1 up
Seiji Liu-Jay Hwang (W) def. Patrick Rodgers-Drew Czuchry, 2 and 1
Erynne Lee-Emily Tubert (W) def. Ashlan Ramsey-Shannon Aubert, 4 and 3
Andrew Knox-JD Tomlinson (E) def. Jeff Wibawa-A.J. McInerney, 1 up
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Day 1: West 8, East 7
Tuesday Afternoon Mixed Foursome: West, 3, East 2
Stephen Behr Jr.-Kelly Shon (E) def. Kramer Hickok-Rachel Morris, 3 and 2
Andrew Levitt-Emily Collins (W) def. Nicholas Reach-Karen Chung, 1 up
Logan Harrell-A.J. Newell (E) def. Jeff Wibawa-Tiffany Lim, 4 and 3
Michael Kim-Kristen Park (W) def. J.D. Tomlinson-Ashlan Ramsey, 4 and 3
Jay Hwang-Kyung Kim (W) def. Franco Castro-Suzie Lee, 4 and 3
Tuesday Morning Four-Ball: East 5, West 5
Emma Talley-Victoria Tanco (E) def. Emily Tubert-Tiffany Lim, 2 and 1
Nicholas Reach-Stephen Behr Jr. (E) def. Kramer Hickok-Tanner Kesterson, 3 and 1
Kelly Shon-Karen Chung (E) def. Rachel Morris-Erynne Lee, 2 and 1
Jay Hwang-Michael Kim (W) def. Andrew Knox-J.D. Tomlinson, 3 and 2
Casey Grice-Emily Collins (W) def. Ginger Howard-A.J. Newell, 1 up
Justin Thomas-Logan Harrell (E) def. Seiji Liu-Andrew Levitt, 4 and 3
Kristen Park-Kyung Kim (W) def. Ashlan Ramsey-Shannon Aubert, 1 up
A.J. McInerney-Preston Valder (W) def. Franco Castro-Oliver Schniederjans, 3 and 1
Ani Gulugian-Lindsay Weaver (W) def. Suzie Lee-McKenzie Talbert, 1 up
Patrick Rodgers-Drew Czuchry (E) def. Jeff Wibawa-Will Zalatoris, 7 and 6