Alvin Kwak is making another sojourn to the U.S. Junior Amateur.
Kwak, a recent graduate of Kamiak High School, earned his third entry into the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships golf tournament when he earned co-medalist honors at sectional qualifying last Monday at Canterwood Golf and Country Club in Gig Harbor.
Kwak shot an even-par 72 to tie for first with Daniel Tiscareno of Seattle. They claimed the section’s two berths to the U.S. Junior Amateur, which takes place July 15-20 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.
Devin Kim, who like Kwak just graduated from Kamiak, was named the first alternate after shooting a 1-over 73. The next day Western Washington University announced that Kim will be joining its men’s golf team this fall.
This will be Kwak’s third trip to the nation’s top tournament for amateur boys aged 19 or under. Kwak, who won the Snohomish County Amateur playing against adults last month, qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur as a 14-year-old in 2015, when he did not advance past stroke play. In 2017 Kwak was one of the 64 players who advanced past stroke play and into match play, and he upset the No. 2 seed in match play before bowing out in the round of 32.
Light Wind Olympics results
The third annual Jetty Island Light Wind Olympics, which took place June 15 in Everett, crowned six champions. In the freestyle events, Claudiu Barbura won the men’s competition, Kalena Nielsen won the women’s competition, and Eric Van Steen won the strapless event. In the Big Air events, Philipp Schonger won in the foil competition and Savannah Brehmer won in the women’s competition. The foil race around Jetty Island was won by Fred Hope.
Everett CC names new track/cross country coach
Julian Bardwell is the new head coach of the Everett Community College men’s and women’s track and field and cross country programs, the school announced last week.
Bardwell served as a Trojans assistant the past two seasons, working primarily with the sprinters and jumpers.
Bardwell takes over for Tansey Lystad, who stepped down after two years at the helm. Lystad, who was the Northwest Athletic Conference North Region Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2018, is moving to Colorado to further her competitive running training.
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