Wyndham Cup: Get to know the East, West teams
Saturday, July 13, 2013
The annual Wyndham Cup is set to take place July 16-18 at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe (Calif.).
The match-play competition features the 10 best male and female juniors from east of the Mississippi River versus their rivals from the West. There are five sets of matches: Four-ball, mixed four-ball, foursomes, mixed foursomes and singles.
Let's take a closer look at the 40 players from the East and West teams:
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• Zachary Bauchou – Bauchou, the No. 15 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, holds top-five finishes at the FootJoy Invitational, Scott Robertson Memorial and AJGA Junior at Innisbrook. He was runner-up at the North & South Amateur on July 6. Bauchou, a native of Forest, Va., is a class of 2015 product.
• Jorge Garcia – Garcia, the No. 8 player in the Golfweek Rankings and a verbal commit to the University of Florida, has experience on the big stage. Garcia made the cut in the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open in March. He took sole possession of 75th place after shooting 70 in his first two rounds.
• Max Greyserman – A Duke signee, Greyserman is ranked No. 37by Golfweek. Greyserman has failed to nab a top-10 finish this season, but his victory at the AJGA Golf Pride Junior Classic in 2012 stands out on his resume.
• Benjamin Griffin – Griffin, the No. 14 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings and a North Carolina verbal commit, has enjoyed success at recent tournaments. His 61 in the opening round of the Dogwood Invitational helped him earn a third-place finish at the amateur event. He's also coming off a victory in the Rolex Tournament of Champions.
• Tae Wan Lee – Lee participated in the 2012 Wyndham Cup, helping earn two crucial points for the East Team on the final day of play en route to the team’s victory. Lee will play his college golf at Middle Tennessee State.
• William Register – Register, the No. 58 player in the Golfweek Rankings, has a bit of match play experience this year. He fell in the round of 16 of the North Carolina Boys Championship.
• Jimmy Stanger – Stanger, the No. 4 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings in the state of Florida, will play college golf at Virginia. He finished 16th at the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior and eighth at the AJGA Junior at Innisbrook this year.
• Adam Wood – Wood, the No. 23 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and a Duke verbal commitment, had a stellar 2012 season. He won the Polo Golf Junior Classic, took third at the Junior PGA Championship and won the Western Junior. He was runner-up at this year's Rolex Tournament of Champions.
• Carl Yuan – Yuan won the AJGA Junior All-Star at Mission Inn and the Scott Robertson Memorial this year. He is ranked No. 31 by Golfweek.
• Theo Humphrey – Humphrey was one of the final four additions to the event. He is a two-time AJGA champion and will make his first Wyndham Cup appearance after recently tying for fourth at the Rolex Tournament of Champions.
• Karen Arimoto – Arimoto, a class of 2014 international product, won three events in 2012. She is ranked the No. 77 in the Golfweek Rankings.
• Sierra Brooks – Brooks, a Florida native and the No. 41 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, participated for the East team in last year’s Wyndham Cup. She helped secure points on the final day with playing partner Nicole Morales.
• Abbey Carlson – Carlson, a 2016 according high school graduate, has racked up four top-five finishes this year.
• Mai Dechathipat – Dechathipat, the No. 38 player in the Golfweek Rankings, has amassed four top-10 finishes this season, including an runner-up finish at the AJGA Junior All-Star at Chateau Elan.
• Nicole Morales – Morales, No. 1 in the class of 2014 Golfweek Rankings, is verbally committed to Alabama. She won the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior this year.
• Shawn Rennegarbe – Rennegarbe is the No. 2 player in Illinois according to Golfweek. She’s placed in the top 10 at the Rolex Girls Championship and the PGA Junior Series at Kearney Hill.
• Bailey Tardy – Tardy won the AJGA Arrowhead Junior and the Georgia Girls Championship this year.
• Kuriko Tsukiyama – Tsukiyama has amassed seven top-10s in 2012.
• Samantha Wagner – Wagner, who is verbally committed to the University of Florida, holds four top-10 finishes this year, including a runner-up effort at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational. Wagner is ranked No. 18 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.
• Rachel Dai – Dai was one of the final four additions to the event. A one-time AJGA winner who has posted three top-10s in AJGA events this season, Dai won the Bubba Conlee National Junior in June.
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• Derek Castillo – Castillo, the No. 3 player in the class of 2016 according to Golfweek, verbally committed to UNLV as a freshman in high school. He finished in fifth place at the AJGA Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic this year.
• Austin Connelly – Connelly, the No. 11 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, has been spectacular in 2013. He holds five top-10s, including a win at the Under Armour Hunter Mahan Championship. He’s railed off three straight top-10 finishes, playing the Western Junior, FootJoy Invitational and AJGA Thunderbird International Junior.
• Brad Dalke – Dalke, the No. 1 player in the class of 2016, won at the HP Boys Championship this season. He is committed to play college golf at Oklahoma.
• Matt Gilchrest – Gilchrest, an Auburn signee, is coming off of two fantastic finishes. He won the FootJoy Invitational and placed fifth at the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior.
• Danny Ochoa – Ochoa, a USC signee, has not played in many junior tournament this year, but that hasn’t stopped him from winning. Ochoa took the victory at the AJGA Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic in March.
• Brandon Pierce – Pierce, winner of the 2012 USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award, used his exemption to the 2012 Rolex Tournament of Champions to take a third-place finish.
• Scott Scheffler – Scheffler, the No. 2 player in the Golfweek Rankings, earned second place finishes at the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior and the HP Boys Championship. He played for the West Team last year in the Wyndham Cup.
• Jacob Solomon – Solomon, a class of 2015 product, has placed in the top 10 at the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior and the AJGA Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic.
• Peter Thorseth – Thorseth won the AJGA Goodman Networks Junior this year.
• Collin Morikawa – One of the final four additions to the event, Morikawa finished T-9 at the FootJoy Invitational and won the Western Junior in June.
• Alexandra Kaui – Kaui, the No. 11 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, earned a berth to the U.S. Women’s Open after taking medalist honors at Glendale, Ariz., Sectional qualifying.
• Alison Lee – Lee heads into the Wyndham Cup as the No. 1 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings. Lee, a UCLA signee, has won the AJGA ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior, the Rolex Girls Championship and the Rolex Tournament of Champions already this year.
• Amy Lee – Lee has three top 10s this year. Her highest finish in 2013 was third place at the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior.
• Andrea Lee – Lee, the No. 1 player in the class of 2016, represented the West team in last year’s Wyndham Cup. She has six top-10 finishes this year.
• Brooke McDougald – McDougald, a verbal commit to TCU, took a victory at the AJGA BilliardFactory.com Junior this season.
• Hannah O’Sullivan – O’Sullivan, has four top 10s in 2013. She is a class of 2016 athlete-athlete.
• Krystal Quihuis – Quihuis was victorious at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic. She holds three additional top-20 finishes this year.
• Kathleen Scavo – Scavo, the No. 34 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, holds four top 10s this season. She has won back-to-back California Junior Girls State Championships.
• Bethany Wu – Wu won the Annika Invitational this year. She set the tournament record at 10-under-par en route to her first victory of the season.
• Lilia Vu – Vu was one of the final four additions to the event. She recently finished T-6 at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. It was her fourth top-6 finish in as many AJGA starts this season.
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