Chinn, 18, of Great Falls, Va., Who started with a course record, eight under par 64 on the Dogwood course, shot a three under 68 on the 7,164 yard Cardinal course, par 71, the second shot – place of play for the championship.
This is the first year that the US Junior Amateur has used two courses for stroke play to accommodate the wider field of 264 competitors, compared to the traditional 156.
Tying the 36-hole championship record of 132 points, the new Duke University freshman also joined World Golf Hall of Fame inductees Tiger Woods, Willie Wood and Jim Liu as a multiple medal. The other three have junior amateur titles – in Woods’ case three of them – something Chinn hopes to accomplish by winning six games over the next four days.
James Vargas (2001) and Austin Eckroat (2017), a member of the 2021 United States Walker Cup winning team, shared the record of 132 in junior amateur stroke play.
Three years ago, as a medalist at the Baltusrol Golf Club, Chinn lost in the round of 16. Two years ago at Inverness Club, he fell in the semi-finals. The championship did not take place in 2020 due to COVID-19.
In May, Chinn and David Ford were medalists at the US Amateur Four-Ball in Chambers Bay before falling in the quarterfinals to future champions Kiko Francisco Coelho and Eduardo Herrera III.
“It’s amazing,” Chinn said of a Woods feat. “Just putting your name next to someone special is amazing. I was able to do it for the Rolex American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Player of the Year. [Award], but to do it in a USGA [championship] is great.
“I have played really good golf the past two days. My game is feeling good and I [executed] a lot of shots I wanted to hit. I didn’t put too much stress on myself. ” – Kelly chinn
“I have played really good golf the past two days. My game is feeling good and I [executed] a lot of shots I wanted to hit. I didn’t put too much stress on myself. “
Chinn’s only flaws on Tuesday were bogueys on the 18th 439-yard hole, par-4, his eighth in the round (he started at No 11) and the 7th by 188 yards, par-3. The World Amateur Golf Ranking® / WAGR® # 41 player more than made up for the hiccups with birdies at # 13, 15, 17, 2 and 3.
For the second day in a row, a player shot 64 on the 7,140-yard Dogwood course at par 72. Andrew Goodman, 18, of Norman, Oklahoma, who signed to play at the University of Oklahoma where his father is an electrical engineering professor, recorded six birdies and an eagle to tie Chinn’s competitive course record on Monday. It also tied the lowest 18-hole third round in US junior amateur history. Goodman, who started with a par of 71 on the Cardinal course, was fortunate enough to shoot 63 but saw his 18-foot birdie try on the 18th hole of par 5 slip just past the hole.
Earlier this year, Goodman shot a 58 in a high school event on a 6,700 yard course. His total of eight under 135 earned him the second seed in match play.
“Today is as much fun as I can have playing golf,” said Goodman. “It’s about as good as I’ve ever played.”
Ford, 18, of Peachtree Corners, Ga., Who is heading to the University of North Carolina this fall, recorded a score of 69 under three on Dogwood for a total of 36 holes of 136 to win the third first in the series. The left-hander will be joined in match play by his twin brother, Maxwell. Maxwell, a signatory from the University of Georgia, shot a 66-under-six on Dogwood for a total of 138 over two days.
Three players finished six under 137: Caleb Surratt, 17, of Indian Trail, NC, winner last week of the PGA Junior Championship; Rylan Shim, 16, of Centerville, Va., And former Punt, Pass & Kick national finalist Nicholas Dunlap, 17, of Huntsville, Alabama.
Top image: USGA / Chris Keane.
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