The match play event will feature five formats: four-ball, mixed four-ball, foursomes, mixed foursomes and singles. Wednesday will feature a morning four-ball and afternoon mixed foursome. A four-ball match is a match in which two players play their better ball against the better ball of two other players. The mixed foursome matches will feature one girl and one boy from each side playing one ball.
The Wyndham Cup visits California for the first time since 2013. Mayacama Golf Club, set in the hillsides of Sonoma Wine Country and designed by Jack Nicklaus in 2001, will host the AJGA for the first time since 2014. The course has hosted many championships in its short history. The prestigious course was ranked in the 100 Greatest Courses in History by Golf Digest from 2005-2014 and 2017. In 2011, Forbes magazine listed Mayacama Golf Club as one of the 12 Best Private Golf Communities in America.
Starting off at 7:30 a.m., Garrett Barber of Stuart, Florida, and John Pak of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, face the West's Cole Hammer of Houston, Texas, and Shuai Ming Wong of The Woodlands, Texas. Barber, an LSU verbal commit, has a 3-1-0 record as a member of the 2015 Wyndham Cup East Team. Pak, who's signed with Florida State University, is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American. Hammer is verbally committed to the University of Texas at Austin. Wong is No. 8 in the AJGA Rankings.
Jennifer Chang of Cary, North Carolina, and Gina Kim of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, battle Alyaa Abdulghany of Newport Beach, California, and Paphangkorn Tavatanakit of Van Nuys, California, at 7:42 a.m. A Southern California commit, the 2017 Wyndham Cup is Chang's second time representing the East. A three-time Rolex Junior All-American, Kim is committed to Duke University. Sitting at No. 5 in the AJGA Rankings, Abdulghany was also a member of the 2016 Junior Ryder Cup U.S. Team and the 2017 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup U.S. Team. Tavatanakit is the reigning Rolex Junior Player of the Year and committed to UCLA.
At 9:06 a.m., Khavish Varadan and Karl Vilips, schoolmates from Wesley Chapel, Florida, go against Californians Ricky Castillo of Yorba Linda, and Kaiwen Liu of San Diego. At No. 9 in the AJGA Rankings, Varadan will represent the East Team for the first time at the 2017 Wyndham Cup. At No. 7, Vilips has earned five national junior golf event titles during his career. A University of Florida commit, Castillo has competed with the AJGA for five years, garnering 14 top-20 finishes. Liu, the three-time Rolex Junior All-American, has signed a National Letter of Intent to the University of California, Berkeley.
Finishing out the morning matches, Rachel Heck of Memphis, Tennessee, and Emilia Migliaccio of Cary, North Carolina, compete head-to-head with Lucy Li of Redwood Shores, California, and Yujeong Son, of Norman, Oklahoma, at 9:18 a.m. No. 1 in the AJGA Rankings, Heck has not finished outside of the top seven in a tournament since June 2016 and is a Stanford University verbal commit. A Wake Forest commit and No. 4 in the AJGA Rankings, Migliaccio has also represented the United States at the Junior Ryder Cup. Li, No. 2 in the AJGA Rankings, has finished in the top-20 in all but one of her tournaments in her time with the AJGA. Currently No. 7 in the AJGA Rankings, Son is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American.