Southern Cal Holds Lead At 17-Under Par After Round 2
The second round of the 49th Annual Junior America’s Cup, hosted by the Wyoming State Golf Association, is in the books with the team from Southern California holding on to their 1st round lead. Southern California fired a 4-under team total of 209, for a tournament total of 17-under par (409). Eric Lee lead Southern California with a 3-under par 68, followed by Dalin Piao (1-under par 70) and Luciano Conlan (even par 70). Lee and Conlin are tied for lead individually, both at 6-under par for two days (136).
In 2nd place, Utah had the low team score of the day at 6-under oar 207, while sitting at 4-under for the tournament (422). Cooper Jones fired a 4-under par 67 to pace Utah, while Bracken Boston shot a 2-under par 69 and Kihei Akina shot and even par 71. Arizona is in 3rd place in the team standings, at 2-over par (428) after shooting a 2-under par 211 team score on Wednesday.
There are four players tied for 3rd individually, at 5-under par (137). This includes Rylan Johnson, from Arizona (67-70), Cooper Jones from Utah (70-67), Max Herendeen from Washington (73-64) and Ian Gilligan from Nevada (69-68).
Like a collegiate event, the Junior America’s Cup features 18 teams of four boys representing their state, province or country. The competition takes place over 3 days with 18-holes played each day for a total of 54-holes played to determine the winning team. Each team counts its best three scores each round with the low scoring team after 54-holes being crowned the 2021 champions and presented with the champions medals & trophy.
The 2021 competition marks the 49th anniversary of the Junior America’s Cup championship and the second time it will be held in Wyoming. The previous time the event was hosted in Wyoming was 2005 which also at Powder Horn Golf Club. The teams from Oregon and Washington were co-champions that year. Team Washington featured PGA Tour Player Joel Dahmen, who was also the low individual at the event with scores of 70-67-67= 223. Another PGA Tour player who participated that year was Tony Finau who was on team Utah.
In a glorious valley facing the Big Horn Mountains near Sheridan, Wyoming, the Powder Horn is a fun, family-friendly, social golf club and community on over 900 acres in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The Powder Horn Golf Club is proudly managed by Troon Privé, the world’s leader in private upscale club management. With a 27-hole golf course, swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails, fishing ponds, and a beautiful clubhouse, it’s easy to see why so many choose to call The Powder Horn home.
Past Junior America’s Cup participants who have gone on to successful professional careers include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Corey Pavin, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Rickie Fowler, Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley and Tony Finau.