Bishop Blanchet senior Max Herendeen wins Boys Junior PGA Championship

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON – SEPTEMBER 08: (L-R) Max Herendeen, Howard Shu and Stewart Walker pose with their medals after winning the Boys 14-15 category during the Drive, Chip and Putt Tournament Regional Qualifier in Chambers Bay on Septe

Max Herendeen, entering his senior year at Bishop Blanchet this fall, won the Boys Junior PGA Championship on Friday with a five-stroke victory at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Illinois.

Herendeen, a Bellevue native who is committed to play at the University of Illinois, posted a 16-under to earn a five-stroke victory over Ethan Gao of Alpharetta, Ga.

“It’s definitely been a ball-striking week,” Herendeen said, via the PGA of America. “I didn’t roll as well as I probably could have. I hit the ball well. I left a lot of shots with the putter. I just knew that if I kept giving myself opportunities, I would have a good chance Mentally I did really well on the course I played on the smart side of the holes I really knocked out the big numbers That was my goal for the week no doubles and we got got through the week without a double.

The championship was contested over four rounds at the Dubsdread and Ravines courses in Cog Hill. Dubsdread was the longtime host of the Western Open and the BMW Championship on the PGA Tour. It also hosted the 1997 US Amateur, which was won by Matt Kuchar.

Herendeen opened the championship with a par 68 from 4 under the Dubsdread course to put it in third place after day one. A 6-under par 66 on the Ravines course propelled him tied for the top of the leaderboard at 10 under with Nicholas Gross of Downingtown, Pennsylvania. A 2-under 70 third round over Dubsdread moved him to 12 under par and into a three-stroke lead over Gao and seven over Gross.

In the final round, Herendeen was 5 under on its first 11 holes to help put the title out of reach for the chasing pack. Even with a bogey on the 18th, Herendeen secured a five-stroke victory.

Herendeen almost qualified for the US Open earlier this summer. He was leading the 36-hole qualifier at Pronghorn Resort in Bend, Oregon for much of the day before a late stumble knocked him out of qualifying position. He finished 4 under, two shots out of the playoffs for the final qualifying spot.

Herendeen also won the Washington 3A Boys golf title this year, earning a six-stroke victory at Liberty Lake Golf Course over Ethan Evans of Mercer Island.

Kaitlyn Schroeder of Jacksonville, Fla. won the Women’s Championship with a two-stroke win over Rianne Mikhaela Malixi of the Philippines.


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