ANDOVER, Kan. — Alvin Kwak of Mukilteo shot a 2-over-par 73 Tuesday and that was good enough to advance to the match-play portion of the U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Tournament.
Kwak completed two rounds of stroke play at Flint Hills National Golf Club at 5-over-par 147 to finish in a tie for 59th place. The top 64 golfers from the field of 156 advanced to match play, which begins Wednesday.
As was the case in Monday’s opening round, Kwak was at his best Tuesday in his first nine holes. He completed the front nine in 1-under 35 after putting together a string of three consecutive birdies on the third, fourth and fifth holes. But on the back nine, he had a stretch of two bogeys and one double bogey in a span of four holes and finished with a 3-over 38.
Austin Eckroat of Edmond, Oklahoma, was the top qualifier in stroke play. He shot a 66.
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.