North America Cup Staying in Canada for One More Year
-Closely contested event concludes in a tie; CJGA Team Canada retains Cup-
Toronto, Ont. (July 9, 2015) – The final round of the North America Cup was contested today at Weston Golf & Country Club in Toronto. Entering the day in a tie, both teams having seven points, the outcome of the event would rely on the individual play of each team member as 13 singles matches took to the course. In the end, after a hard fought competition, neither team was able to get the extra half point needed to win the Cup. CJGA Team Canada and IJGT Team USA finished the event with 13.5 points, meaning the Cup would stay with defending champions, Canada.
See-sawing back and forth all day, it was evident neither side was going to run away with it. The American side quickly put up two points in the first two matches of the day before two Canadian flags went on the board in matches three and four.
“It was extremely exciting and nerve-racking at the same time” said CJGA team manager Akash Patel. “It was a great end to a spectacular week, and the fact that it ended in a tie shows the level of competition that was on display this week. I am so proud of the way our kids fought and the resiliency they showed today. I couldn’t be happier for them.”
The Canadians were able to secure four of seven points in the middle part of the draw to take a one point lead with three matches left on the course.
Canadian Aidan Gavey drained a long birdie putt on 17 green to the roaring approval of his teammates to go 1UP in his match, securing at least a half point. Gavey ultimately earned a full point after halving the final hole. He also aced the par 3 8th hole, his first hole-in-one.
The fate of the Cup was determined in the second last match of the day between Canadian Ty Celone and Sean Stanistreet. Two down to his American counterpart on the back nine, Celone was able to square the match by the 12th hole. Only needing half a point to retain the Cup, Celone put his foot down and made a great birdie to win the hole, guaranteeing the Cup would stay in Canada for another year.
Gillian Alexander, the lone American female put forth an outstanding effort all week, walking away with two of three points available. Heading to the back nine down one, Alexander turned the tables on Canadian opponent Emilie Tyndall, closing the match out on 17 green and a 2&1 victory.
“I am very pleased with the effort put forth this week by our team” said Team USA non-playing captain Chris Schramm. “The competition was incredible to be a part of and watch. Our kids played well, but hats off to the Canadian squad on their effort and holding onto the Cup.”
The annual North America Cup was hosted at Weston Golf & Country Club for the seventh consecutive time when played in Canada. From its humble beginnings as a four hole golf course begun by four friends in 1909, on the east bank of the Humber River in the small town of Weston, the Weston Golf & Country Club has grown into one of the premiere golf courses in Canada. Weston has hosted many prominent events both in golf and curling. The Canadian Open was held in 1955 with a young Arnold Palmer winning his first tour victory and setting a record that held for many years as the lowest score in Open history.
The club is celebrating their 100 year anniversary this year.
Final Results – Singles Matches
2015 North America Cup
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Weston Golf & Country Club
|Match 1||Jean-Philippe Denicourt||vs||Jack Cornforth||USA 5&4|
|Match 2||Robbie Latter||vs||James Meyers||USA 2&1|
|Match 3||Parker Lee||vs||Mikee Ordona||CAN 6&4|
|Match 4||Max Wang||vs||TJ Buck||CAN 4&2|
|Match 5||Tyler Erb||vs||Cole Berger||USA 5&4|
|Match 6||Fritz Lo||vs||Jake Sitzler||CAN 3&1|
|Match 7||Andrew Russ||vs||West Shaw||CAN 6&4|
|Match 8||Ryan Trapp||vs||Dylan Plis||USA 3&2|
|Match 9||Angelo Giantsopolous||vs||Richard Riva III||USA 3&2|
|Match 10||Aiden Gavey||vs||RJ Wren||CAN 1up|
|Match 11||Matthew Vihant||vs||Reid Bedell||CAN 7&5|
|Match 12||Ty Celone||vs||Sean Stanistreet||AS|
|Match 13||Emilie Tyndall||vs||Gillian Alexander||USA 2&1|
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