SPHS golfer named to Wyndam Cup team

Published 9:47 pm Thursday, July 7, 2011


Recent Spain Park High School graduate Michael Johnson will participate for the East team in the 2011 Wyndham Cup, which will take place July 25-28 at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C.

The American Junior Golf Association has released the 20-player rosters for the 2011 Wyndham Cup. An AJGA tradition since 1990, the East against West team match play competition will feature 10 boys and 10 girls from East of the Mississippi River against their counterparts from the West.

Riding a six-match winning streak, the West leads the series 12-8-1 and will look to make it seven-straight victories behind the experience of five Wyndham Cup veterans. AJ McInerney of Henderson, Nev., is the only boy returning from last year’s team, while four veterans will anchor the West girls: Kyung Kim of Chandler, Ariz.; Tiffany Lim of San Jose, Calif.; Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif.; and Lindsey Weaver of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Brad Dalke of McKinney, Texas, and Beau Hossler of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., highlight the West’s nine new boys. With his win at the Thunderbird International Junior in May, Dalke became the youngest Invitational champion in AJGA history (13 years, 9 months and 11 days), while Hossler, 16, made headlines in June when he was the youngest competitor at the U.S. Open.

Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., will bring a wealth of match play experience as she makes her Wyndham Cup debut. A member of the 2009 PING Junior Solheim Cup Team and the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup Team, Lee has also qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open on three occasions (2008, 2009, 2010).

The East Team has lost each of the last two Cups by a score of 25.5 – 24.5 and will look to reverse its fortunes in 2011. Billy Kennerly of Alpharetta, Ga., and JD Tomlinson of Gainesville, Fla., will make return appearances on the boys’ side, while four girls have Wyndham Cup experience: Shannon Aubert of ChampionsGate, Fla.; Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J.; Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga.; and McKenzie Talbert of North Augusta, S.C.

The champions of the 2010 Polo Golf Junior Classic, the AJGA’s only other match play event, will represent the East for the first time. Cody Proveaux of Leesville, S.C., and Jaye Marie Green of Boca Raton, Fla., each won five matches en route to their first Invitational victories last Thanksgiving.

Mariah Stackhouse of Riverdale, Ga., will also make her Wyndham Cup debut. A two-time Rolex Junior All-American, Stackhouse has four career AJGA victories, including two wins this season. She currently serves as a Player Representative on the AJGA’s Board of Directors and qualified for the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open.

The three-day event will feature five match play formats: four-ball, mixed four-ball, foursomes, mixed-foursomes and singles. Notable past players from the East Team include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Charles Howell III, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel. Past participants from the West include Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler, Grace Park and Paula Creamer.