Pullman, Wash. – After the opening round of the PNGA Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Amateur Championship, Daniel Kim of Mukilteo, Wash. leads the Junior Boys’; while Kennedy Knox of Normandy Park, Wash. and Angela Park of Pasco, Wash. sit tied atop the Junior Girls’.
The championship is being held this week at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash.
The 17-year-old Kim lit up the scoreboard early, going off in the first group and carding 10 total birdies on his round en route to an 8-under 64. He holds a two-shot lead going into tomorrow’s second round over Collin Hodgkinson of Beaverton, Ore.
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 and Park each shot rounds of 3-under 69 on the par-72 layout. Knox carded four birdies against one bogey, while Park made five birdies and two bogeys. They share a two-shot lead over Taylor Mularski of Spokane, Wash. heading into the second round.
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 17-year-old Park is a two-time winner of the WJGA District 4 Championship (2020 and 2021).
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 consist of 36 holes of stroke play qualifying, to be held 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.