The 11th annual North America Cup kicked off this morning with an exciting round of fourball play at the exquisite Weston Golf & Country Club. Below are the first round results accompanied by the top-three highlights from the first round.
Round 1 – Fourball
8:04 AM – Emily Doyle & Allyson Wentworth Def. Marie Donnici & Jany Martin 2 & 1
8:12 AM – Will Thomson & C.J. Hughes Def. Tristan Vandette & Michael Lavorato 5 & 4
8:20 AM – Nate Menon & Grant Leppek Def. Jason Chung & Khan Lee 2 & 1
8:28 AM – Trent Abraham & Matt Cholod Def. Jake Leppek & Matthew Cleary 3 & 2
8:36 AM – Nick Russell & Mike May Jr. Halved Rhys Davies & John McKiernan AS
8:44 AM – Eamon Marone & Evan Katz Def. Nolan Windsor & Conaire Kehoe 4 & 2
8:52 AM – Mark Benevento & Matt Barto Def. Mike Flegel & Mitchell McPhail 5 & 4
FINAL ROUND 1 SCORE: USA – 5.5 CANADA – 1.5
Top 3 Highlights:
3. The Girls Division may have played as the toughest match all day. TEAM USA made up of Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., found themselves down by two early in the round but fought back to give themselves a chance to win. They got it back to all square at the turn with some spectacular shots. TEAM CANADA battled all day but the girls were finally able to pull out a 2 & 1 victory.
2. Hole No. 3 at Weston is a very tough par-5 dogleg that turns directly up the hill to a very elevated green. Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., found himself in the deep rough with a terrible lie after his tee shot, but this didn’t stop Marone from going for the green in two. 180 yards from the flagstick does not seem easy from high rough and up a treacherous hill, but Marone made it look simple banking the ball off of the flagstick to leave him a tap in eagle and easy win for the hole.
1. As all of the players except Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., & Mike May Jr. of Auburn, N.Y., had finished their round, this pairing never gave up. After hole No. 16 they were down two with two holes to play and things were not looking great for the Americans. They managed to push the event to the final hole by winning the 17th. The 18th tee was not what they expected as they both fired their shots down the left side and towards the trees. May had no line at the hole but got the ball out to just in front of the green. Russell made a miraculous shot and landed the ball within 15 feet of the flagstick which left everyone with the thought that his putt was going to be the difference. With both teams, parents, and Weston members watching, May played his ball up towards the hole. In fact, as the ball kept rolling, the crowd started getting excited when they realized it could go in. Finally the ball fell to the bottom of the cup to complete the fantastic comeback and to halve the match. As TEAM USA stormed to jump on May, everyone in attendance felt a sense of unity for the 14 outstanding young men and women that make up IJGT TEAM USA.