*Image credit: CJGA
*Image credit: CJGA
July 30th, 2014 – Vancouver, British Columbia (VIGolf.ca) – Sunny skies greeted juniors today at the first round of the 42nd annual Junior America’s Cup at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, BC. Utah sits atop of 18 teams who have come from the western United States and Canada as well as Mexico.
Team Utah jumped out to an early lead with 3 of the 4 players birding the first hole. Utah leads the 18 team field after the first round with a combined team score of 223. As a team of four Utah was able to capture 12 birdies during the round with teammates Mitchell Schow carding five and Rhett Rasmussen carding 4.
Hawaii and Southern California find themselves locked in a tied for second place both with a combined team score of 227. Kyle Suppa and Spencer Dunaway from team Hawaii shot 6 combined birdies, while players Justin Kim and Hunter Epson from team Southern California captured eight birdies combined to help secure them that second spot.
British Columbia 1 currently sits in fourth place and British Columbia 2 is tied for seventh after the first round. Alex Francois from Burnaby, British Columbia is the low Canadian with a score of 75.
Cole Madey of the Oregon team leads the medalist category shooting an impressive 3 under par round of 69 with three birdies. Following the leader is Rhett Rasmussen who is competing for team Utah who captured four birdies throughout the first round and carded 72 to finish on par. Justin Suh from San Jose, California, Justin Kim from Fullerton, California and Shawn Lu from Honolulu, Hawaii find themselves battling for third place as all three boys have carded 73 one over par.
About The Junior America’s Cup
The Junior America’s Cup (JAC) first started in 1959 as matches between the Mexican, Alberta and the Southern California Junior Golf Associations with each association hosting every three years. Since 2001 the competition annually brings together an elite international field of 18 teams of the top four boys representing 12 western states, 2 Canadian provinces and Mexico.