Kraft narrowly misses cut at Junior PGA ChampionshipJamestown High School golf standout Laura Kraft narrowly missed the cut at the 34th annual Junior PGA Championship in Maineville, Ohio, on Thursday.
By: Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun
Jamestown High School golf standout Laura Kraft narrowly missed the cut at the 34th annual Junior PGA Championship in Maineville, Ohio, on Thursday.
Kraft, who will be a junior this fall, came up just one stroke short of finishing in the top 30 in the first three rounds of the four-round tournament. Only the top 30 and ties advanced to the final round on Friday at TPC River’s Bend, which is playing at 6,407 yards with a course rating of 77.3 and a slope of 144, making the course very challenging for the talented field of youngsters.
Kraft shot a 9-over par 81 on Thursday, following rounds of 76 on Tuesday and 78 in the rain on Wednesday for a three-round total of 235 to finish in a three-way tie for 31st in the 75-player field.
Kraft played with Danielle Frasier of Encinitas, Calif., the defending tournament champion, who finished the first three rounds at 9 over.
Kraft entered the tournament ranked 331 first in the world among juniors and that ranking is likely to shoot up after an impressive showing this week.
The tournament featured players from all over the United States, plus golfers from China, Puerto Rico, Columbia and Argentina.
Amy Anderson of Oxbow, N.D., made the cut after a sizzling 2-under par 70 on Thursday. She’s currently at even par 216, 11 shots behind tournament leader Alexis Thompson (205), who has a four-shot lead going into Friday.