TU July 14, 2021
Swedick climbs to match play
She rises 55 places on leaderboard to qualify after a 1-under-par 69
By Pete Dougherty
Kathryn Riley / USGA
Kennedy Swedick of Altamont shot a 1-under 69 Tuesday in the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in Chevy Chase, Md.
Kennedy Swedick carded a 1-under-par 69 Tuesday to shoot up the leaderboard and qualify for match play at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in Chevy Chase, Md.
Swedick, a 14-year-old from Altamont who entered the day tied for 77th, tied for 22nd after 36 holes of qualifying. The top 64 advanced to match play.
She had a 36-hole score of 5-over 145. Swedick, the 26th seed, will play her first-round match at 11:09 a.m. against No. 39 Lacey Uchida of Hilo, Hawaii. Uchida shot an 8-over 148 in qualifying.
Swedick’s playing partner, Rose Zhang of Irvine, Calif., the No. 1 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and reigning U.S. Amateur champion, fired a record-tying 8-under 62 and won medalist honors at 9-under
Starting on the 11th hole, Swedick played bogey-free golf for 15 holes, carding three birdies along the way, until a bogey on the par-3 eighth. She also bogeyed her final hole, the 10th, a par 5.
The rounds of 32 and 16 both will be played on Thursday, and the quarterfinals and semifinals are on Friday. The 36-hole championship match is scheduled for Saturday and will be televised live on the Golf Channel.
Swedick will be playing next week on a sponsor’s exemption in the Twin Bridges Championship, a Symetra Tour event July 23-25 at Pine-haven in Guilderland.