Entering the final day of competition, the East led the West by five points. By the end of the day, East would hoist the Wyndham Cup as champions, still ahead by five points.
The first match of the day was also the first match to finish as Canon Claycomb of Bowling Green, Kentucky, defeated Stephen Campbell Jr. of Richmond, Texas, 3 & 2. With five matches remaining on the course, Jackson Van Paris of Pinehurst, North Carolina, clinched the cup for the East with a 4 & 3 victory over Alexander Yang of Carlsbad, California. The East and West each scored 10 points on the day with East and West winning eight matches apiece and the teams halving four matches.
The West picked up key matches towards the middle of the round that kept the team within firing distance. Alexa Melton of Covina, California, defeated Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Florida, 3 & 2 while J. Holland Humphries of Austin, Texas, won 1 up on Connor Creasy of Abingdon, Virginia. Briana Chacon of Whittier, California, defeated Megan Schofill of Monticello, Florida, 2 & 1.
East’s Rachel Heck of Memphis, Tennessee, made an incredible comeback to halve her match with Zoe Antoinette Campos of Valencia, California. Campos was 5 up through eight holes and maintained that lead through No. 12. On No. 13 Heck turned the match around and won five of the remaining six holes. The comeback included a hole-out for eagle on No. 14, a 15-foot putt on No. 18 for birdie and a score of 28 on the back nine.
“We had a lead for almost the entire time, coming down the stretch we knew we needed to play well today even though we had a five-point lead,” Van Paris said. “It was crazy. I made the putt and I heard someone yell East wins. It was really cool not knowing and then making that putt. Walking down the 16 fairway and having the shuttle cart and we all ran and started hugging each other was probably the coolest moment of my golf career. It means everything.”
In the last ten days the West’s Lucy Li of Redwood Shores, California, went 10-0-0 in match play after going undefeated in pool play and winning the Polo Golf Junior Classic and then going 4-0-0 at Wyndham Cup. The East’s Maxwell Moldovan of Uniontown, Ohio, went 9-0-1 over the same stretch after also winning the Polo Golf Junior Classic.
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