Canon Cup: West wins again
03 Aug 2008

GREENWICH, Conn. (Aug. 1, 2008)--The West Team continued to dominate in day three of the Canon Cup, winning 11 of the 20 singles matches to claim victory for the fourth consecutive year with a score of 30 – 20 at The Stanwich Club.

The American Junior Golf Association’s Canon Cup, now in its 19th year, brought together the nation’s top 40 juniors in an East versus West (divided by the Mississippi River ) team match play tournament. Each squad consisted of 20 players – 10 boys and 10 girls – who were selected based on the Polo Golf Rankings that rewarded them for top finishes in national junior golf events. The event was held at The Stanwich Club.

In all-time competition, the West Team now leads with a record of 10-8-1 .

The East Team tried to mount a comeback, winning three of the first six matches, but could not withstand the solid play of the West Team.

Cameron Peck, fresh off a victory at the U.S. Junior Amateur, had the largest margin of victory. He closed out Wesley Graham 8 & 7 to in his first Canon Cup appearance.

“I came out and birdied the first two holes and found myself 6-up through six holes,” Peck said. “It feels great to come out here and be part of a team and just have fun.”

Cory Whitsett, a Canon Cup veteran, closed out his match with Phillip Choi on the 13th hole for a 6 & 5 victory. It was Whitsett’s point that clinched the Cup for the West Team.

“I got to watch someone else do it last year,” Whitsett said. “To be the person that got to do it this year was awesome. It didn’t make many putts this week but I hit the ball really well.”

Michael Jae Woo Im and Victoria Tanco were the only two players to go undefeated in their matches this week. Tanco, the reigning Rolex Girls Junior champion, proved to be the rock of the East Team.

“It felt really good to win all my matches because I knew it was helping my team,” Tanco said. “It was fun for me because we only get to compete in this kind of format one time a year.”

--Courtesy AJGA

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