RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- For the time since 2010, the West claimed the Wyndham Cup by a five-point margin at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe. The East erased a 16-point deficit, winning points in 15 of 20 matches Thursday.
The American Junior Golf Association's Wyndham Cup, now in its 24th year, brings together the nation's top 40 juniors in an East versus West (divided by the Mississippi River) team match play tournament. Each squad consists of 20 players—10 boys and 10 girls—who were selected based on the Polo Golf Rankings. This year, the event was held at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. The West Team leads the all-time competition with a 13-9-2 record.
Play began on the final day with the West four points shy of the victory. Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif., took control early in the fourth match of the day, winning the first two holes. She maintained the lead through the front nine, then birdied the 10th hole to go 6-up. Another birdie on the 11th hole put the match at dormie. On the 12th hole, Dai missed her putt and Lee made par, posting the first point of the final day and moving the West one step closer to victory.
Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary, Fla., answered with a point for the East Team five minutes later on the 14th hole. Carlson grabbed the lead on the first hole and never relinquished it. She was 4-up when she made the turn and five holes later, won the match, 5 and 4. Continuing the momentum, Zachary Bauchou of Forest, Va., came back after he landed his tee shot in an orange grove to the left side of the fairway. He sank a long birdie putt to win the hole and take a 1-up lead that he maintained through the end of the match. Bauchou sank a four-foot putt on the 17th hole to win his match, 2 and 1.
Brooke McDougald of The Woodlands, Texas, secured the third point of the day for the West to put the team one step closer to victory. McDougald dropped a long putt from the backside of the green on the seventh hole for birdie to go 4-up. With five birdies on the day, she held the lead for a 4-and-3 victory.
The East Team fought back, earning three more points on wins from Nicole Morales of South Salem, N.Y., Max Greyserman of Short Hills, N.J., and William Register of Burlington, N.C., but the surge wasn't enough to stop the West Team from sealing the victory.
Lilia Vu of Fountain Valley, Calif., teed off against Shawn Rennagarbe of Addieville, Ill., in the 11th match. Vu was 5-up after making the turn and won the next hole to extend her lead 6-up, the lead she held through the 13th hole for the win. Vu dropped a putt for par on the 13th hole and earned the last point needed for the West to take home the Cup.
"I didn't even know it was dormie," Vu said. "I only realized [what it meant] when Rachel, Hannah, Jacob and Brooke ran down and hugged me. I was relieved and overwhelmed, but happy that I did it for my team."
In her first Wyndham Cup appearance, Vu won three matches and halved one. Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif., Krystal Quihuis of Tucson, Ariz., and Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla., also added points for their team in all matches.
For more information about the Wyndham Cup, contact Abby Liebenthal of AJGA Communication at (419) 367-9774.
About the AJGA
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,500 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 40 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.
About Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
As one of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses over 7,150 hotels with approximately 609,300 rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals offers leisure travelers, including its 3.7 million members, access to approximately 100,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 160 vacation ownership resorts serving over 813,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 27,800 employees globally.
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- Day three results from the Wyndham Cup conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Bridges of Rancho Santa Fe. Par: Boys: 36-35 — 71; Girls: 36-35 — 71. Yardage: Boys: 7,006; Girls: 6,355. Rating/Slope: Boys: 74/142; Girls: 77.5/146.
TOTAL — West 27.5, East 22.5
Day One — West 10.5, East 4.5; Day Two — West 11, East 4
Day Two — Morning Foursome Matches - West 7.5, East 2.5
Day Three - Singles Matches - East 14, West 6
Jimmy Stanger, Tampa, Fla. (2013) EAST def. Brandon Pierce, Covington, La. (2013) WEST, 1-up
Abbey Carlson, Lake Mary, Fla. (2016) EAST def. Alexandra Kaui, Las Vegas, Nev. (2013) WEST, 5 & 4
Zachary Bauchou, Forest, Va. (2015) EAST def. Peter Thorseth, Richmond, Texas (2014) WEST, 2 & 1
Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (2016) WEST def. Rachel Dai, Milton, Ga. (2015) EAST, 7 & 6
William Register, Burlington, N.C. (2014) EAST def. Danny Ochoa, San Diego, Calif. (2013) WEST, 1-up
Brooke McDougald, The Woodlands, Texas (2015) WEST def. Karen Arimoto, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. (2015) EAST, 4 & 3
Max Greyserman, Short Hills, N.J. (2013) EAST def. Jacob Solomon, Dublin, Calif. (2015) WEST, 5 & 3
Krystal Quihuis, Tucson, Ariz. (2014) WEST def. Mai Dechathipat, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. (2015) EAST, 5 & 4
Benjamin Griffin, Chapel Hill, N.C. (2014) EAST def. Matt Gilchrest, Southlake, Texas (2013) WEST, 1-up
Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. (2014) EAST def. Hannah O'Sullivan, Paradise Valley, Ariz. (2016) WEST, 7 & 6
Theo Humphrey, Greenwich, Conn. (2014) EAST def. Austin Connelly, Irving, Texas (2015) WEST, 4 & 3
Lilia Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. (2015) WEST def. Shawn Rennegarbe, Addieville, Ill. (2014) EAST, 6 & 5
Tae Wan Lee, Orlando, Fla. (2013) EAST def. Derek Castillo, Yorba Linda, Calif. (2016) WEST, 5 & 4
Kuriko Tsukiyama, West New York, N.J. (2014) EAST def. Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. (2015) WEST, 1-up
Adam Wood, Zionsville, Ind. (2014) EAST def. Collin Morikawa, La Canada Flintridge, Calif. (2015) WEST, 2 & 1
Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. (2013) WEST def. Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla. (2015) EAST, 4 & 3
Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla. (2016) WEST vs. Carl Yuan, Lake Mary, Fla. (2015) EAST, halved
Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif. (2015) WEST vs. Bailey Tardy, Norcross, Ga. (2015) EAST, halved
Jorge Garcia, Miami, Fla. (2015) EAST def. Scott Scheffler, Dallas, Texas (2014) WEST, 1-up
Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla. (2016) EAST def. Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. (2015) WEST, 2 & 1