After a close day and a half of competition, Team Harmon was able to pull off the victory over Team Gulbis in the inaugural Winn Junior Cup Challenge. The last two matches and ultimately the Cup, came down to the final two holes at Rio Secco Golf Club. With David Lee 1-up on Cindy Feng and the two Rolex Junior Players of the Year, Anthony Paolucci and Kristen Park, all square, the two teams stepped up to No. 17 tee. Lee was able to scramble for a bogey and halve the hole, making him dormie 1 and sealing the Cup for Team Harmon.
“We are able to live to play another year,” said Harmon as he congratulated his teammates.
But all the juniors are the real winners. They are winners for even being invited to play in such an event. All four were the top point earners in the 19 events that Winn Grips sponsored throughout the year. Factor that in with three days of interaction between legendary swing coach Butch Harmon and LPGA Tour member Natalie Gulbis and it seems like a pretty sweet deal.
“To look back on this and say that Cindy, Kristen, David and I were the first ones to play in this event is pretty cool,” said Paolucci. “And to be around Butch Harmon and all his tips and lessons is such a great experience.”