Kevin Tway won four of the first nine holes and celebrated his 17th birthday by winning the U.S. Junior Amateur title. Tway is the son of PGA Tour player Bob Tway.(Sam Greenwood/USGA)

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Kevin Tway Celebrates His 17th Birthday With U.S. Junior Amateur Title

Longmeadow, Mass. – Kevin Tway of Edmond, Okla., celebrated his 17th birthday by taking four of the first nine holes and holding on to his lead the rest of the way for a 5-and-3 win over Brad Johnson, 16, of Birmingham, Ala., in the first 36-hole final of the U.S. Junior Amateur at Longmeadow Country Club.

The son of PGA Tour golfer Bob Tway, Kevin never trailed in the match. He stood 4 up after the first 18 holes of Saturday’s morning round and was the equivalent of 4 under par with the normal concessions given for match play. Johnson shot the equivalent of even-par 70.

Johnson never got any closer as Tway reeled off six consecutive pars to start the afternoon round and increased his lead along the way when his pars on the first and fourth holes were good enough for wins, building his lead to 6 up after 22 holes.

“It feels really good,” said the soft-spoken Tway. “A lot of great players have won this.”

A Day The Tways Won't Soon Forget

Longmeadow, Mass. –Moments after The Golf Channel had concluded its obligatory post-championship trophy presentation and interviews with the winner and runner-up of the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur, Bob Tway made his way down toward the green where the final match had ended.

In the middle of the 15th green at Longmeadow Country Club, the 1986 PGA Championship winner embraced his son, Kevin, who had become a major champion in the eyes of the junior golf world. The hug lasted only a few seconds, but the memory will linger for a lifetime.

Fighting tears, the elder Tway congratulated him on his stellar accomplishment.

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Championship Facts

U.S. Junior Amateur Championship

PAR AND YARDAGE Longmeadow Country Club is set at 6,673 yards and par is 35-3570.

THE ARCHITECT A Donald Ross layout, Longmeadow Country Club was opened in 1922. The terrain is challenging, with many ravines and chasms.

ENTRIES A total of 3,174 entries were accepted for the 2005 championship. The championship is open to male amateur golfers who will not have reached their 18th birthday on or before July 23, 2005, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 6.4. Entries closed June 1.

THE SCHEDULE Following 36 holes of stroke play (July 18-19), the field will be trimmed to the lowest 64 scorers, who will advance to match play. From there, the schedule is as follows:

July 20 (Wednesday) First round, match play
July 21 (Thursday) Second and third rounds, match play
July 22 (Friday) Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, match play
July 23 (Saturday) Final round, match play (36 holes)

TELEVISION COVERAGE The U.S. Junior Amateur will have four hours of national coverage on The Golf Channel over the last two days of the Championship.

Semifinal Round Matches Friday (July 22), 5-7 p.m. (EDT)
Final Match Saturday (July 23), 5-7 p.m. (EDT)


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