Smoky Hill senior-to-be boys golfer Chris Kennedy played two rounds of the prestigious U.S. Junior Amateur golf tournament July 17-18 at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey.
With Buffs’ golf coach Jim Riesenman serving as his caddy, Kennedy fired rounds of 76 and 79 to finish at plus-14 in the 71st annual tournament. That left him seven strokes shy of the cut, as 64 players advanced to the match play portion of the tournament.
Kennedy recorded a pair of birdies in his opening round, while his second round included one birdie and he made par on his final eight holes. Kennedy — who placed 15th at last season’s Class 5A boys state golf tournament — begins competition in his senior season on Aug. 6.
Michael Thorbjornsen of Wellesley, Massachusetts, defeated Akshay Bhatia of Wake Forest, North Carolina, 1-up to win the U.S. Junior Am championship July 24.
The tournament included qualifiers from 36 states and 17 countries besides the United States (Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, England, India, Republic of Ireland, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Peru, Phillippines and Switzerland).
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