West Team takes narrow 8-7 lead after first day at Wyndham Cup
East Team wins last two matches of the day to pull within one point
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – After the West Team had taken a three-point lead, the East Team returned from a 2 hour, 20 minute rain delay at Old Town Club and won the final two matches to cut the West’s lead to 8-7 after day one at Wyndham Cup.
The morning four-ball session started with Jacob Solomon and Brad Dalke, who is making his fifth Wyndham Cup appearance, breaking Tiger Woods’ record for most starts all-time among boys. The tandem, which has a combined eight Wyndham Cup starts, led off the day with a 3-and-2 victory.
“It’s really important to get that first point to set the tone for the rest of the day,” said Dalke, who improved his career record to 9-5-3. “We won the first two holes and we really set that tone.”
Dalke has amassed 10.5 points during his Wyndham Cup career, which only trails Tiger Woods (12).
“It means a lot, but I want to get to No. 1,” he said. “Wyndham Cup has been a big tournament for me the last five years, and to have my name in the record book means a lot to me.”
The East built a 5-3 lead, but the West claimed the next five matches and took an 8-5 lead before afternoon storms forced the suspension of play with the final two matches on No. 12.
When play resumed, it was Emilia Migliaccio and Shannon Brooks that shifted the momentum back to the East by night’s end. Paired with Garrett Barber, Migliaccio drained a 40-foot eagle putt on No. 17 to win their mixed foursome match, 2-and-1, while Brooks drained a five-foot par putt on No. 18 to earn a full point with her partner S.M. Lee.
“It’s one of those moments you dream of when you have your team around you and you make a clutch putt and everyone rushes up,” Migliaccio said. “That’s what everybody dreams of, and for that to happen to both of us is just great.”
Wednesday morning’s foursome matches will begin at 7:30 a.m., while the afternoon mixed four-ball matches will begin at approximately 1 p.m. For more information about Wyndham Cup, please contact Chris Richards (email@example.com), or visit ajga.org.
About Wyndham Cup
Since 1990, Wyndham Cup has brought together 40 of the country’s top junior golfers in an East-versus-West team match play tournament. Five match-play formats are played – four-ball, mixed four-ball, foursomes, mixed foursomes and singles – and every player competes in singles matches and three of the four other formats.
The West Team leads the all-time series with a 13-9-3 record, and two of the last three Wyndham Cups have ended in a 25-25 tie. As the current holders of the Wyndham Cup, the West needs 25 points to retain the Cup, and the East needing 25.5 points to win the Cup.
About Wyndham Worldwide
One of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality services and products through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world’s largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world’s best-known hotel brands, with over 7,670 franchised hotels and over 667,000 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world’s largest professional manager of vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 109,000 vacation properties in over 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of 210 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 904,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs over 34,000 associates globally.
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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 more than 6,300 members from 48 states and more than 50 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.
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 fourth 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 600 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.