If the American Presidents Cup team is searching for a hopeful omen for this week’s matches at Liberty National, they don’t have to look any further than their junior counterparts. The U.S. squad, captained by David Toms, defeated the International side, 14-10, at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J., to take the title in the inaugural Junior Presidents Cup.
Garrett Barber, a rising high school senior from Florida, clinched the winning point for the U.S. on No. 15, defeating Australia’s Fred Lee, 4 and 3, in their Tuesday singles session. Barber was one of three Americans to go undefeated along with Trent Phillips and Akshay Bhatia.
The Junior International team, captained by Trevor Immelman, won seven of the 12 matches during Tuesday’s singles session, but could not overcome the 9-3 deficit it sustained on Monday after the conclusion of the morning four-ball and afternoon foursomes sessions.
Thailand’s Atiruj Winaicharoenchai was the top performer on the International team, going 2-1-0 after coming from behind to defeat U.S. Junior Am champion Noah Goodwin, 3 and 1.