Kamiak High School’s Alvin Kwak chips onto the green during the Dolan Invitational at Everett Golf & Country Club on April 10, in Everett. He’s vying to reach match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Tournament. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Mukilteo teen tied for 63rd at U.S. Junior Amateur golf tourney

ANDOVER, Kan. — Alvin Kwak of Mukilteo was tied for 63rd place Monday after the opening round of the U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Tournament.

Kwak shot a 3-over-par 74 at Flint Hills National Golf Club. He was 11 strokes behind the leader, Brandon Mancheno of Jacksonville, Florida, who shot a 63.

The second round is Tuesday, with Kwak scheduled to tee off at 5:11 a.m. PDT. After 36 rounds of stroke play, the top 64 golfers from the field of 156 advance to match play.

In Monday’s round, Kwak played the back nine first and shot a 2-under-par 33. On the front nine he had bogeys on the par-4 3rd, par-3 4th, par-4 6th holes and shot a 4-over-par 40.

Kwak, a junior-to-be at Kamiak High School, is playing in the U.S. Junior Amateur for the second time in three years. He didn’t make the cut as a 14-year-old in 2015.

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