Throughout the 2011 Wyndham Cup, Communications staffers Nick Moreland and Matt Tradewell will serve as Team Correspondents and report the inside scoop from each team. Nick will document the East’s quest to claim its first Cup since 2004, while Matt will provide insight from inside the huddle of the six-time defending champions from the West.
West Team Correspondence (Monday night)
Excitement rose and reality set in for the 40 Wyndham Cup participants at the conclusion of Monday night’s Opening Ceremonies. Though both teams plan to represent their respective sides of the country, one region has a six-year winning streak to uphold. When going for their seventh consecutive title at the Wyndham Cup, some would say that the West Team has some rather large shoes to fill; shoes the team is confident they can break through.
“On a confidence scale of 1-10, we are an 11,” said Jonathan Garrick of Atherton, Calif. “We don’t want to let the last six past champions down.”
When looking at the team from a distance, most would think they were just a group of high school friends; full of laughs, stories and an enthused amount of camaraderie.
“We have pretty much grown up together,” said Jessica Vasilic of Anaheim Hills, Calif. “Most of us have played together for a long time.”
Traveling through time-zones, across the country and after numerous airport stops, the West arrived to Eagle Point Golf Club ready to play (jet lag and all). Decked out in their blue Polo Golf wear, equipped with a blue PING golf bag and with plans to “paint the course blue,” this year’s West team prompts a warning for their Eastern counterparts.
“We’re coming out hard, and we’re coming out strong,” said Joseph Winslow of Overland Park, Kan. “We can make a lot of birdies and we can hit it a long ways.”
It’s safe to say that this Wyndham Cup will be one for the books.