West Team takes 16-14 lead after day two of Wyndham Cup
East Team rallies, claims 3.5 of final 4 points Wednesday
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The West Team led by as many as 5.5 points Wednesday, but the East Team rallied late for the second day in a row and cut the West’s lead to 16-14 heading into Thursday’s 20 singles matches at Old Town Club.
The West Team stormed out of the gate during the morning foursome matches, as it went 4-0-3 in the first seven matches. The tone was set by a 5-and-4 victory from Philip Barbaree, the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion, and Sam Burns, the reigning Rolex Junior Player of the Year.
Haley Moore and Kathleen Scavo also contributed a full point during the morning session, and the win is part of blemish-free weeks for both players. Moore also won in the afternoon and is 3-0-0 to this point, while Scavo is 2-0-1. The last four matches were split two apiece, and the West took a 14.5-10.5 lead heading into the afternoon mixed four-ball session.
The afternoon treated the East well Tuesday, and it did again Wednesday. After dropping the first afternoon match, the East Team posted the next three points with three victories, in which the par-5 17th played a crucial role.
Eagles on No. 17 by Baily Tardy and Lauren Stephenson led to wins, while Braden Thornberry and Jillian Hollis earned a conceded eagle en route to a 2-and-1 victory. These three points made the score 15.5-13.5 with one match remaining.
On No. 18, the East’s Carl Yuan and Sierra Brooks were facing a 1-down deficit to the West’s Brad Dalke and Hannah O’Sullivan. After the West Team both missed their birdie attempts, Yuan drained a 20-foot birdie putt to earn a half-point, make the score 16-14, and give the East some momentum despite its two-point deficit.
“It was the exact same spot I putted from in the morning. I missed it and lost the match in the morning, and on the fairway I said to my caddie, ‘No, I’m not missing this again,’” Yuan said.
Yuan’s putt set off an East Team celebration on the 18th green for the second straight day, and it set the scene for Thursday’s conclusion.
“I don’t think I’ll ever forget that in my entire life,” Yuan said. “I was glad all my teammates support me, and I really respect the West Team and enjoyed the match today.”
Tee times for Thursday’s 20 singles matches will run from 7:30 – 10:40 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at Old Town Club. For more information about Wyndham Cup, please contact Chris Richards (firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit ajga.org.
Wednesday Morning Foursome: East 3.5, West 6.5
Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La. (2017) & Sam Burns, Shreveport, La. (2015) WEST def. Braden Thornberry, Olive Branch, Miss. (2015) & Davis Shore, Knoxville, Tenn. (2017) EAST, 5 & 4
Ana Paula Valdes, (Mexico) Bluffton, S.C. (2016) & Maria Hoyos, (Colombia) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. (2017) EAST vs. Stephanie Lau, Fullerton, Calif. (2015) & Hannah O’Sullivan, Chandler, Ariz. (2016) WEST, halved
Andrew Kozan, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (2017) & Eugene Hong, Sanford, Fla. (2018) EAST vs. Jacob Solomon, Dublin, Calif. (2015) & Matthew Wolff, Agoura Hills, Calif. (2017) WEST, halved
Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif. (2015) & Haley Moore, Escondido, Calif. (2016) WEST def. Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla. (2016) & Bailey Tardy, Norcross, Ga. (2015) EAST, 3 & 2
Norman Xiong, Canyon Lake, Calif. (2017) & Hidetoshi Yoshihara, (Japan) Irvine, Calif. (2016) WEST def. Yechun (Carl) Yuan, (China) Lake Mary, Fla. (2015) & Cameron Young, Scarborough, N.Y. (2015) EAST, 1-up
Maddie Rose Hamilton, Louisville, Ky. (2015) & Emilia Migliaccio, Cary, N.C. (2017) EAST vs. Xinying Wang, (China) Pleasanton, Calif. (2017) & Youngin Chun, Austin, Texas (2018) WEST, halved
Ryan Grider, Lewisville, Texas (2017) & Spencer Soosman, Westlake Village, Calif. (2016) WEST def. Won Jun Lee, (South Korea) Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2017) & S.M. Lee, Buford, Ga. (2016) EAST, 4 & 3
Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. (2015) & Jillian Hollis, Rocky River, Ohio (2015) EAST def. Cheyenne Knight, Aledo, Texas (2015) & Alyaa Abdulghany, Newport Beach, Calif. (2017) WEST, 3 & 2
Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla. (2015) & Nathan Jeansonne, Keithville, La. (2015) WEST def. Gabriel Lench, Lake Mary, Fla. (2015) & Garrett Barber, Stuart, Fla. (2018) EAST, 2 & 1
Rachel Dai, Milton, Ga. (2015) & Shannon Brooks, Vienna, Va. (2015) EAST def. Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas (2018) & Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas (2017) WEST, 3 & 2
Wednesday Afternoon Mixed Four-Ball: East 3.5, West 1.5
Norman Xiong, Canyon Lake, Calif. (2017) & Haley Moore, Escondido, Calif. (2016) WEST def. Won Jun Lee, (South Korea) Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2017) & Maria Hoyos, (Colombia) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. (2017) EAST, 2 & 1
Cameron Young, Scarborough, N.Y. (2015) & Bailey Tardy, Norcross, Ga. (2015) EAST def. Spencer Soosman, Westlake Village, Calif. (2016) & Stephanie Lau, Fullerton, Calif. (2015) WEST, 1-up
Davis Shore, Knoxville, Tenn. (2017) & Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. (2015) EAST def. Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La. (2017) & Xinying Wang, (China) Pleasanton, Calif. (2017) WEST, 2 & 1
Braden Thornberry, Olive Branch, Miss. (2015) & Jillian Hollis, Rocky River, Ohio (2015) EAST def. Sam Burns, Shreveport, La. (2015) & Cheyenne Knight, Aledo, Texas (2015) WEST, 2 & 1
Yechun (Carl) Yuan, (China) Lake Mary, Fla. (2015) & Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla. (2016) EAST vs. Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla. (2015) & Hannah O’Sullivan, Chandler, Ariz. (2016) WEST, halved
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.
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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.
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