Pullman, Wash. – Daniel Kim of Mukilteo, Wash. shot rounds of 64-71 to earn stroke-play medalist honors at the 66th PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur Championship; while Kennedy Knox of Normandy Park, Wash. shot rounds of 69-77 to earn stroke-play medalist honors at the 65th PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship. Both players will be the No. 1 seeds entering match play in their respective championships.
The championships are being held this week at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash.
Kim, who entered the second round with a two-shot lead, struggled out of the gates in today’s round going 3-over thru 6 before righting the ship and making five birdies on the final 11 holes to finish the day with a 1-under 71. He will take on No. 32 seed Cole Jaworski of Hayden, Idaho in tomorrow’s Round of 32 match at 7:30am.
The 17-year-old Kim is a regular competitor on the Washington Junior Golf Association (WJGA) circuit. Earlier this month, he finished fifth at the WJGA State Championship and earlier this year he advanced to U.S. Open Final Qualifying after sharing co-medalist honors in Local Qualifying.
In the Junior Girls’, Knox, who entered the day tied for the lead with Angela Park of Pasco, Wash., got off to an extremely slow start and found herself at 9-over thru 13 holes. She then proceeded to birdie 14 and 15 before capping her round by holing out from the fairway for eagle on the 18th hole to finish with a 5-over 77. Knox will face No. 16 seed Brooke Gelinas of Bonney Lake, Wash. in tomorrow’s Round of 16 match at 10:00am.
This marks the second consecutive PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur where Knox has earned medalist honors. She also won medalist honors in the 2019 championship at Port Ludlow Golf Club.
This summer, Knox has won the Washington Women’s Amateur, the SWGA City Amateur, and the WJGA Girls’ State Championship, the first player in history to accomplish this feat. She will compete for the University of Washington Women’s Golf Team this fall.
The two championships are being held concurrently August 16-20, and are being conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). Both championships are considered as counting events for the World Amateur Golf Ranking, as well as AJGA Performance Based Entry.
Both championships consisted of 36 holes of stroke play qualifying on August 16-17, to determine seeding for the match play portion of the championships. For the Boys’ championship, 32 players will advance to match play; and for the Girls’, 16 players will advance.
All matches will be contested over 18 holes in a single-elimination format, with the exception of the two final matches, which will both be played over 36 holes on Friday, August 20.