Kamiak grad misses cut at U.S. Junior Amateur

Alvin Kwak fires a second-round 82 to finish 12 shots back of the cut line.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Alvin Kwak, a recent graduate of Kamiak High School, missed the cut after two rounds of stroke play at the U.S. Junior Amateur golf tournament Tuesday at the Inverness Club.

Kwak, who will play golf at Columbia University in the fall, followed up Wednesday’s first-round score of 80 with an 11-over-par 82 on Tuesday, and his 36-hole score of 162 left him tied for 137th in the 156-player field.

The top 64 players remaining after Tuesday will begin the match-play phase of the event on Wednesday.

William Moll, William Mouw and Ricky Castillo were in a three-way tie for the tournament lead after stroke play, with all three sitting at 138.

For the second consecutive day, Kwak made only one birdie in his round, on the par-3 No. 5 hole. Outside of the birdie, he failed to make par on any of the front nine holes, making bogey on six holes and double bogey on the remaining two.

Kwak played 2-over-par on the back nine, but the damage was done.

This is Kwak’s third appearance at the U.S. Junior Amateur, an event for golfers from around the world under the age of 19. He missed the cut as a 14-year-old in 2015 at Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, South Carolina, and fell in the round of 32 at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kansas, in 2017.

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