Wyndham Watch: the final four

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Rankings at Rolex Tournament of Champions are listed as of 9:45 a.m. 

Thirty-six players have been selected to represent the east
or west at next week’s Wyndham Cup.
Four spots, two for the East Team and two for the West Team, will be filled
after Friday’s final round at the Rolex Tournament of
Champions
.  It is moving day at the
AJGA’s flagship tournament and final Wyndham Cup spots are on the line.

East Team

Entering the third round, Theo Humphrey is tied atop the leaderboard with the West Team’s Matt Gilchrest at the Rolex Tournament
of Champions. Humphrey is No. 2 on the priority list (17.83 points) behind
three strong top-five AJGA finishes in 2013. At No. 1 on the priority list is Davis Riley with 18.34 points. Riley
has four top-20 AJGA finishes in as many starts this season, including a
second-place showing at the AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T. He
enters the third round at T20, seven strokes back of Humphrey’s lead.

Rachel Dai and Cindy Ha hold the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, respectively, on the priority
list at 18.07 and 14.55 points. Dai was crowned champion at the 2013 Bubba
Conlee National Junior and finished third at the AJGA Junior at Steelwood
presented by AT&T in June. Ha won the 2013 Exide Technologies Junior Open
presented by Mizuno. Dai is currently T18 at Rolex Tournament of Champions, Ha
is T44.  

West Team

Holding the top priority list spot on the boys’ side is 2013
Western Junior Championship victor Collin
Morikawa
with 50.51 spots. Christopher
Petefish
is currently No. 2 on the boys’ priority list at 22.45 points and
sits in T11 heading into the third round at Rolex Tournament of Champions.
Petefish finished second at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by
Longbow Golf club and followed with a T5 showing at the Thunderbird
International Junior.

On the girls draw, Lilia
Vu
is No. 2 on the priority list and is currently third at the Rolex
Tournament of Champions. Vu has notched three top-five finishes this season,
including a victory at the AJGA Junior at Robinson Ranch in June. She is 0.30
points back of Gabriella Then, who
is No. 1 on the priority list at 22.45 points. Then played on the West Team in
2011 and posted a 2-2-0 record in her first Wyndham Cup appearance. 

How were players
chosen for the Wyndham Cup?

Team eligibility was based on the following criteria:

  • Must be 12-18 years old.
  • Must be current AJGA members in good standing to
    receive an invitation.
  • Must have competed in a minimum of two AJGA
    tournaments between January 1 and June 21, 2013.
  • The top nine boys and top nine girls residing
    east of the Mississippi River will be invited based on the Polo Golf Rankings
    as of June 18, 2013.
  • The top nine boys and top nine girls residing
    west of the Mississippi River will be invited based on the Polo Golf Rankings
    as of June 18, 2013.

NOTE: In the event
that an original top nine invitee was unable to participate, the replacement
player was invited based on the current Polo Golf Rankings in effect at the
time the spot became available.

The final spots on each team will be awarded to the boy and
girl with the highest Polo Golf Ranking as of July 12, 2013 who were not
already eligible and who participated in the 2013
Rolex Tournament of Champions
.

The 2013 Wyndham Cup will be played July 15-18, at The
Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe for the first time. Who will get the opportunity to
play at this prestigious course and prove their ground as they represent the
red or blue? In two rounds the rosters will be complete.   

Next time you hear from me, I will be at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe with 40 players and two captains at one memorable event. 

Abby Liebenthal, AJGA
Communications

@AJGALiebs