COMPLETES COMEBACK ON DAY THREE TO RETAIN CANON CUP
Cochran scores decisive point at Sea Island
ISLAND, Ga. Match play golf doesnt
get much closer than it did at the 2003 AJGA Canon
Cup. Trailing by two points entering the singles matches,
the West team earned 12 of the possible 20 points
on day three to retain the Canon Cup, 26-24. It is
the third consecutive year the West has hoisted the
tournament was conducted at the Sea Island Golf Club,
Seaside Course. The 40-player event consisted of 32
Polo Golf Junior All-Americans among the East and
West teams, each composed of 10 girls and 10 boys.
Past competitors in the event include Charles Howell
III, Kelli Kuehne, Grace Park and Tiger Woods.
tournament featured three days of match play competition.
The first two days included foursome and four-ball
matches, and the final day was played in singles format.
In the 14-year history of the event, the East team
has claimed victory seven times, and the West has
captured six titles, including four of the last five.
One tie occurred in 1998.
West team began day three with a two-point deficit,
16-14, but wasted little time pulling even. Randy
Lowry of Spring, Texas, opened up the day with a 2-up
win against Chris Kirk of Woodstock, Ga. Hannah Jun
of San Diego, who finished the event with a 4-0 record,
followed with a 1-up win against Sukjin Wuesthoff
of Toms River, N.J.
one thing I really wanted bad was to be on a Canon
Cup team, Jun said. Then after I achieved
that I wanted to win a Canon Cup, and thats
the best part.
List of Ringgold, Ga., responded for the East with
a victory against Seung Su Han of Chino Hills, Calif.,
3 and 2. Jenny Suh of Fairfax, Va., put the East in
the lead by two with a triumph against Lauren Espinosa
of Irving, Texas, 7 and 6.
West took control with a flurry in the next seven
matches. When the dust settled, the West earned six
points, winning five and halving two. The final match
of the stretch proved to be crucial.
Puntawong of Bradenton, Fla., led Will Osborne of
Wichita Falls, Texas, 1-up with one hole to play,
but Osborne won the 18th hole to force a halved match.
was definitely the hardest of the three (Canon Cup
wins), said West Captain Gus Montaño,
who has served as West captain during the teams
three-year winning streak. We stayed strong,
stayed to the game plan, and when we had a window
of opportunity, we took advantage of it.
West vaulted to the front with a 22-20 lead, but the
East refused to go down easily. Christie Reed of Coral
Springs, Fla., cut the lead to one point when she
defeated Kristen Svicarovich of Hillsboro, Ore., 3
and 2. Reed provided a bright spot on an otherwise
disappointing day for the East as she and Jun were
the only players to win all four matches.
got so exciting starting halfway through (Wednesdays)
morning matches, East Captain Matt Cuccaro said.
(The West) really started to turn it on and
start creeping closer and closer, and they just kept
closing that gap. We built a pretty good lead that
first day, and I really thought we were going to hang
on to it. I thought we were going to excel in the
singles matches, but it just didnt work out
like that this week.
Im of La Mirada, Calif., Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale,
Ariz., and Taylor Leon of Dallas subsequently recorded
victories to push the Wests total to 25 points.
only a half point, Amie Cochran of Torrance, Calif.,
halved her match with Whitney Myers of East Berlin,
Pa., to collect the decisive point.
really cool (to score the decisive point), Cochran
excitedly said. The first day was kind of scary
because we were way down, but I knew we could bring
it together and come back.
2002, the West won 35.5-14.5 at Conway Farms Golf
Club in Lake Forest, Ill., and won 30.5-19.5 at Biltmore
Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C., in 2001. Next
year the AJGA Canon Cup will be played at Caves Valley
Golf Club in Owings Mill, Md.
more information, please contact AJGA National Headquarters
at (770) 868-4200.
ISLAND, Ga. Day three results from the
14th annual AJGA Canon Cup, conducted by the American
Junior Golf Association at Sea Island Golf Club, Seaside
Course. Par 35-3570. Yardage: Boys 6,945; Girls
THREE TOTAL: WEST 26, EAST 24
WEST 12, EAST 8
Lowry, Spring, Texas (2005) WEST def. Chris Kirk,
Woodstock, Ga. (2003) EAST, 2 up
Jun, San Diego, Calif. (2003) WEST def. Sukjin Wuesthoff,
Toms River, N.J. (2005) EAST, 1 up
List, Ringgold, Ga. (2003) EAST def. Seung Su Han,
Chino Hills, Calif. (2005) WEST, 3&2
Suh, Fairfax, Va. (2003) EAST def. Lauren Espinosa,
Irving, Texas (2005) WEST, 7&6
Moore, Portland, Ore. (2004) WEST def. Brendon Todd,
Cary, N.C. (2003) EAST, 2&1
Park, Torrance, Calif. (2006) WEST def. Brittany Lincicome,
Seminole, Fla. (2004) EAST 2&1
Holland, Dallas, Texas (2005) WEST def. Jon Curran,
Hopkinton, Mass. (2005) EAST, 2 up
Granada, Bradenton, Fla. (2005) EAST vs. Ki-Shui Liao,
Alameda, Calif. (2005) WEST, halved
Reynolds, Edmond, Okla. (2003) WEST def. Robert Gates,
Jr., Gainesville, Fla. (2004) EAST, 7&6
Lee, Huntington Beach, Calif. (2005) WEST def. Amber
Prange, Noblesville, Ind. (2003) EAST, 2&1
Puntawong, Bradenton, Fla. (2006) EAST vs. Will Osborne,
Wichita Falls, Texas (2004) WEST, halved
Reed, Coral Springs, Fla. (2004) EAST def. Kristen
Svicarovich, Hillsboro, Ore. (2003) WEST, 3&2
Im, La Mirada, Calif. (2004) WEST def. Jarred Texter,
Millersville, Pa. (2004) EAST, 5&3
Code, Tampa, Fla. (2003) EAST def. Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana,
Long Beach, Calif. (2003) WEST, 2 up
Ureta, Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2003) EAST def. Chad Wilcox,
Peoria, Ariz. (2003) WEST, 2&1
Myers, Berlin, Pa. (2004) EAST vs. Amie Cochran, Torrance,
Calif. (2004) WEST, halved
Lange, Atlanta, Ga. (2004) EAST def. Jeff Gerlich,
Austin, Texas (2005) WEST, 3&2
Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2005) WEST def. Chris
Brady, Cary, N.C. (2003) EAST, 3&2
Harman, Savannah, Ga. (2005) EAST vs. Anthony Kim,
La Quinta, Calif. (2003) WEST, halved
Leon, Dallas, Texas (2005) WEST def. Jennifer Pandolfi,
Navarre, Fla. (2004) EAST, 5&4