Kelly Kraft
Kelly Kraft
Denton, TX
Turned Pro
Current Index: +4

Kraft completed a successful summer by claiming the biggest prize in American amateur golf, defeating Patrick Cantlay, 2 up, in the 36-hole championship match for the 111th U.S. Amateur Championship at Erin Hills. Cantlay came into the event as the No. 1-ranked amateur, according to the World Amateur Golf Ranking supported by the USGA and The R&A.

He also became the third Southern Methodist golfer to win the Amateur in the last 13 years, joining Colt Knost (2007) and Hank Kuehne (1998).

En route to the final, Kraft eliminated 2011 USA Walker Cup member Patrick Rodgers in the quarterfinals, 6 and 5. Earlier that day, he survived a 23-hole marathon against Blake Biddle, the longest match at the Amateur in 11 years. In the semifinals, he beat Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup member Jack Senior of England, 3 and 2.

Prior to the Amateur, Kraft collected victories at the Trans-Mississippi Championship and the Texas Amateur Championship. He had previously won the Texas Amateur in 2008.

Kraft was also the runner-up at the 2010 North & South Amateur, losing in the finals to Donald Constable. While at Southern Methodist University, Kraft earned first-team All-Conference USA honors in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He was also named an honorable-mention All-American in 2011, following seven top- five finishes during his senior season. Although he has completed his golf eligibility at SMU, Kraft said he plans to remain in school and finish his sociology degree.

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