The 2024 Kansas City Junior Championship, presented by Granite Garage Floors Kansas City, was held at Winterstone Golf Course in Independence, Missouri, and concluded on Tuesday, June 4th. 

Bennett Warren emerged as the victor for the boys division, with a two-day total of nine under par. Warren’s two rounds of 68-67 for a 36-hole total of 135 showcased his consistency and skill. Bailey Burkett won the event for the girls at five under par for two days. Burkett’s 66-73 for a two-day tournament total of 139 demonstrated her determination and ability.

Bennett Warren claimed his first Central Links Championship event at nine-under par. He led the tournament after Monday’s round by two strokes. On Monday’s back nine, Warren carded five birdies coming into the clubhouse. He kept that momentum going into his final round, carding eight birdies and only one double bogey. Chance Rinkol finished solo second, scoring a two-day total of 70-68-138 (-6). Rinkol carded four birdies in his first round and two eagles in his final round. He finished three strokes ahead of Myles Tarvin, who earned third place, carding a two-day total of three under.  

Bailey Burkett, in a display of skill, carded eight birdies on her Monday round, leading the first day by an impressive nine strokes over Hadley Neese. In Burkett’s final round, she carded two birdies and three bogeys, showcasing her ability to adapt and perform under pressure. She carded five pars coming into the clubhouse, a testament to her consistency and focus. Burkett’s performance earned her the title of the Central Links Junior Championship at five-under par, a well-deserved achievement. 

Hadley Neese earned runner-up, finishing one-over par. On Monday, Neese carded three birdies and two double bogeys. However, on Tuesday, she stayed consistent and carded four birdies to finish with a total of two-under. Neese earned a solo second by two strokes over Makenna Casey, who placed third, carding a two-day total of three-over. 

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