15-year-old Connor Black utilized steady nerves and a solid short game to win the 94th Western Junior at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago. A native of Katy, Texas, Black will be only a sophomore in high school in September. Black finished with a 3-over par 74 on Friday to win by two strokes over Hunter Kraus of Germantown, Tenn., and by three over Nick McLaughlin of New Castle, N.H. All three players received invitations to play in the Western Amateur, Aug. 2-6, at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill.
One of the most prestigious tournaments in Chicago golf, the Western Junior was well represented by local players including Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, who finished in 11th place. Ghim finished at 12-over 292 on rounds of 74-74-73-71 for the 72-hole event and was the highest Illinois finisher in the field of 156 players.
Meanwhile, Scott Cahill of Carpentersville finished tied for 22nd at 16 over par 296 on rounds of 74-73-74-75.
Bennet Lavin of Deerfield tied for 31st at 18-over 298 on rounds of 72-76-78-72.
Danny Stringfellow of Roselle tied for 33rd at 19-over 299 on rounds of 75-73-76-75. He was tied with Stephen Powers of Plainfield who shot 76-70-74-79.
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