The Wyndham Cup

America’s top junior golfers face off at The Bridges.

The American Junior Golf Association (AGJA) honored the San Diego region’s rich legacy as a golf Mecca when it selected The Bridges to be the host venue for the Wyndham Cup.

For four days in July, 2013, members of The Bridges Club mixed, mingled and cheered for the nation’s top juniors as they competed in the 24th-annual East-versus-West team match-play tournament.

Some of golf’s biggest stars have at one time donned the Red of the East or the Blue of the West, including Tiger, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson (who, at the age of 12, was the youngest golfer ever to qualify to play in the U.S. Women’s Open).

Each team of 20 was comprised of the top 10 girls and top 10 boys from East or West of the Mississippi. Teams engaged in five sets of matches: four-ball, mixed four-ball, foursomes, mixed foursomes and singles.

The setting for this year’s competition was picture-perfect -- with temperate coastal breezes feathering up the canyons -- and superb course conditions.

“The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe was an outstanding venue for the 2013 Wyndham Cup,” said Tournament Director Andrew Greenfield. “The Bridges staff and membership opened their arms to the top juniors in the country and provided a special experience that will never be forgotten. To have the opportunity to play a beautiful golf course that challenges all facets of the game and has hosted the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia is a tremendous honor.”

When the Wyndham Cup teams rolled into town, San Diegans had a special incentive to follow the action. Danny Ochoa, a recent graduate of San Diego’s Torrey Pines High School and a CIF standout, was playing for the West, which ultimately defeated the East, 27.5 to 22.5.