Some of the top young golfers in the country -- including Northeast High School rising senior Stephanie Connelly -- will be at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., this week for the 2004 Canon Cup, which starts today.

The three-day event, first contested in 1990, pits teams of 20 (10 boys and 10 girls) in a team match-play format similar to the Ryder Cup. Today and tomorrow will feature foursome and four-ball matches, while Thursday is reserved for singles matches.

The teams -- one made up of players from east of the Mississippi River and one from the west -- were selected using a point system, with four captain's picks per team.

Connelly, a three-time All-Met and two-time state champion, was one of the East team's captain's picks and will be the only Washington area player in the event.

"There was a little bit of pressure because I felt like I should be on the team," Connelly said when she was selected. "And I really wanted to make it because I knew it would be so much fun."

Other players competing include Paula Creamer of Pleasanton, Calif., who finished tied for 13th (with Michelle Wie) at the U.S. Women's Open this year; Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., who qualified for the U.S. Women's Open at age 12 in 2001; and Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga., the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur champion.

-- Jake Schaller