Bluffton, South Carolina. (VIGolf.ca) – Day 3 was the warmest day yet at the 12th annual North America Cup, held in Bluffton, South Carolina at Oldfield Golf Club. For the first time since 2007, CJGA Team Canada defeated IJGT Team USA in a dramatic finishing, winning 15.5 – 12.5
“I think we were definitely a team spirit. Last year we struggled as a team to bond. This year we were more of a team, which brought us better chemistry together in our matches,” said CJGA Team Captain, Mitchell McPhail. “That was a huge key to our victory today.
After holding a 10-4 lead in team matches through two days of competition, the final day came down to one-on-one singles competition. Team USA battled back winning 3 of the first four matches, but after a solid first two days, Team Canada only needed 4.5 points, in which they would slowly secure.
Andrew Russ (Oakville, Ont.) secured the 14th point of the tournament winning 3 & 2 against C.J Hughes (Indiana, Pennsylvania) in the 12th match. With Russ’ points secured, and John Burghardt (Oakville, Ont.) on the fairway of 18 with a 1 up lead, Team Canada had guaranteed themselves a victory reaching the 14.5 points needed to win the cup.
“This is hands down the best display of golf and competition I’ve ever seen. Team USA came back strong today and deserve a lot of credit,” said CJGA Team Canada non-playing Captain Stephen Nixon. “It means so much to be apart of the team that finally brought the cup home. In a sport that is supposed to be all about the individual, these kids were unbelievable in the way that they came together as a team so quick.”
The CJGA would like to thank the IJGT, Oldfield Golf Club, Team USA, the parents and of course the players for a wonderful display of golf this week.
Day 3 – Singles Results
|CJGA Team Canada||IJGT Team USA||Results|
|Match 1||Katelyn McMahon||Allyson Wentworth||USA 1 UP|
|Match 2||Nicole Gargarella||Kayla Kozak||USA 4 & 3|
|Match 3||Max Sekulic||Chase Ingram||CAN 6 & 5|
|Match 4||Peyton Callens||Joe Parrini||USA 3 & 1|
|Match 5||Johnny Travale||Grant Leppek||CAN 4 & 3|
|Match 6||Jacob Presutti||Leo Hernandez||CAN 5 & 4|
|Match 7||Ryan Hunt||Mike Bliss||USA 2 & 1|
|Match 8||Daniel Kwon||Tom Crow||USA|
|Match 9||Tyler Erb||Matthew Bastian||USA 6 & 4|
|Match 10||John Burghardt||Tyler Pidduck||CAN 2 UP|
|Match 11||Kaleb Gorbahn||Nick Russell||USA 2 UP|
|Match 12||Andrew Russ||CJ Hughes||CAN 3 & 2|
|Match 13||Trever Harris||Ryan Hicks||USA 1 UP|
|Match 14||Mitchell McPhail||Eamon Marone||All Square|
|Day 3 Points||
About the CJGA
The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) not-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada. The CJGA is dedicated to providing Canada’s junior golfers with the necessary skills and knowledge required to lay a foundation for a future in competitive golf.
Through its six-stage competitive development program that focuses on tournaments, clinics, international competitions, and mentoring programs with PGA Tour professionals, the CJGA introduces the game to juniors as young as five and offers competitive multi-day events for the more advanced golfer. The CJGA acts as a feeder system to provincial and national competitions, collegiate and university golf, as well as professional and recreational golf. For more information please visit: http://www.cjga.com