Katy’s Connor Black and McKinney’s Brad Dalke headline the AJGA’s West Team for the 2011 Wyndham Cup, which will take place July 25-28 at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C.
The annual AJGA East vs. West tradition since 1990 pits 20-player teams (10 boys, 10 girls) from east and west of the Mississippi River against each other in match play.
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.
Both Dalke and Black enter the competition riding the momentum of recent major victories.
Black, 15, won the Western Junior Amateur in June at historic Beverly Country Club in Chicago. He is the No. 1-ranked junior in the high school class of 2013.
Dalke in May became the youngest Invitational champion in AJGA history (13 years, 9 months and 11 days) by winning the prestigious Thunderbird Invitational. Dalke made national news last year by giving his verbal commitment to the University of Oklahoma two days before his 13th birthday.
The three-day Wyndham Cup 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. For more information about the Wyndham Cup, visit ajga.org.
- Mark Button, Texas Links Magazines