Bandon golfer Scotty Kennon capped a memorable 2017 with one final big tournament victory last week, winning the 11th annual Future Champions Golf national championship in California.
Kennon, 15, shot a three-day total of 9-under par at Sycuan Resort in El Cajon, winning the 15- to 18-year-old age group by six shots over Bo Jin of China. Kennon had a 70 the first day, a 65 the second day that was the best of any golfer in the event, and a 71 in the final round on Saturday. More than 100 junior golfers participated in the event.
The big prize for winning the event is entry into the Callaway World Championship at Torrey Pines in San Diego in July, one of the top junior golf events in the world.
The tournament win was a big finish for a big year for Kennon.
As an eighth-grader in June, he beat the top high school golfers in the state to win a qualifier for the U.S. Junior Amateur in Kansas, his first USGA event. He battled a flu bug in that event and missed the cut, but gained valuable experience.
Kennon also nearly won the 14-15 age group in the Oregon Junior Amateur at Bandon Dunes, falling in the championship match, and took medalist honors for the Pacific Northwest Junior Amateur at Sandpines in Florence before losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Drew Warford of Washington in a match that went to extra holes.
Kennon also was chosen to represent Oregon in both the Hogan Cup and the Junior Americas Cup.
The entire Kennon family had a good year.
Kennon’s older brother, Jackson, also was on one of Oregon’s two teams for the Hogan Cup and placed third in the Class 3A-2A-1A state tournament as a sophomore for Bandon.
Both Jackson Kennon and Cassie Kennon, the younger sister of the brothers, reached the semifinals in their age groups at the Oregon Junior Amateur.
Cassie Kennon also has a big event to look forward to in 2018 after qualifying for the national finals in the national Drive, Chip and Putt Competition. Kennon will compete against nine other girls in the 10-11 age group in the finals for that event at Augusta National in Georgia the weekend before The Masters.