CRAWFORD | Great-grandson of Valhalla founder co-leader of Junior PGA
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – As the last vestiges of the sunset were settling down in the treeline at Louisville’s Valhalla Golf Club, Campbell Kremer, a junior from St. Xavier High School was knocking around the course as if he knew it like the back of his hand, like it was in his blood.
Of course, it is. Kremer is the great-grandson of Valhalla founder Dwight Gahm, and in the Junior PGA Championship at Valhalla, he was lights-out in the first round, firing a 6-under par 66 to tie for the lead of the prestigious event.
Kremer chipped in from 30 yards out for birdie on No. 6 (his 15th hole), then birdied the par-5 seventh hole before finishing with a pair of pars. For the round, he was in the tournament's top 12 in greens in regulation, putts, fairways hit and in scrambling.
On an evening beautiful enough for a postcard, Kremer finished a storybook round of golf, with seven birdies and a bogey. He knew it was one to remember.
“This is special,” said Kremer, who has committed to play college golf for the University of Kentucky. “I’ve been out here since I was a one-year-old. I know a lot of the people. I have a lot of confidence. … I’m sure he’s (his great grandfather) looking down and is pretty proud.”
Kremer’s score tied 18-year-old Ryan Grauman of Alamo, Calif., for the first-round lead. The Junior PGA Championship is one of golf’s majors for juniors. The tournament continues Thursday at Valhalla. Admission is free.
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