North America Cup 2014 – Round one recap

The IJGT welcomed their neighbors from the north today for the 2014 North America Cup between IJGT’s Team USA and the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada at Oldfield Golf Club at Okatie, S.C. The weather was pristine with early highs in the 80s and a calm breeze. Members of Team USA and Team Canada competed in a fourball match play event in the first round with Team Canada taking an early lead in the tournament with a 6-1 score after the first day.

Team Canada Captain, Mitchell McPhail

Team Canada Captain, Mitchell McPhail

After a great showing by Team Canada, Stephen Nixon, the CJGA Team Canada Non-Playing Captain, said, “Today’s competition and intensity was unbelievable. Team USA played great, but it seemed like our team couldn’t miss a putt today. I’m very happy with how our team played and am looking forward to tomorrow’s matches.”
Team USA fought throughout the course for an edge, but the IJGT Team USA Non-Playing Captain, Zach Pennington, is excited about tomorrow’s format. “Today was a tough day for us. We hit a lot of really good shots but didn’t get awarded in the end. We look to put it all together for tomorrow’s round,” said Pennington. “Looking towards tomorrow, we feel we have a good shot to make a comeback in the second round. The team left the golf course excited for the foursomes format. This, personally, is my favorite format. I think our skill, combined with our quickly-found team chemistry, will lead to success in round two.”
Team USA's Nick Russell

Team USA’s Nick Russell

The 2014 North America Cup continues tomorrow with the foursomes format, and Team USA will look to rebound from the five-point deficit. Tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. Follow along with the action by following @IJGT on Twitter.