Reigning U.S. Amateur Champion Accepts Exemption to Play in HP Byron Nelson Championship
Kelly Kraft of Denton, Texas, will add HPBNC to his schedule
IRVING, TX, Feb. 16, 2012 – The Salesmanship Club of Dallas announced today that reigning U.S. Amateur Champion Kelly Kraft has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to play in the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Kraft, who plans to turn professional after he plays in the 2012 Masters, defeated No. 1 ranked amateur Patrick Cantlay by two strokes in the 2011 U.S. Amateur. He is currently ranked No. 8 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
“I grew up going to the Nelson, so to have the opportunity to now compete in it is something that is very special,” Kraft said.
Kraft earned four victories for Southern Methodist University’s golf team during his tenure, which is second only to local favorite Colt Knost, who grabbed seven. Kraft earned several accolades while attending SMU, including Division I PING All Central Region Team, first team All-Conference USA, four-time C-USA Golfer of the Week and honorable mention PING All-American Team.
“We are committed to providing opportunities to young players who show the potential to someday be future stars, and we believe Kelly Kraft fits that mold,” said Robert Smith, tournament chairman for the 2012 HPBNC.
The 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship will be played May 14-20 at the TPC Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas in Irving.
About the HP Byron Nelson Championship
The HP Byron Nelson Championship has been a premier event on the PGA TOUR since 1968. Dallas’ biggest sports attraction and most anticipated social event of the spring is also the most financially successful charity event on the PGA TOUR, raising over $121 million for children and families served by Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers. Join us May 14-20, 2012 at the Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. A Great Time. A Greater Cause. Learn more at hpbnc.org.
About Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers
Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers is changing the odds for at-risk and troubled kids and families in North Texas. Funds raised at the HP Byron Nelson Championship support Salesmanship Club’s work in improving inner-city education and providing counseling and other therapeutic services to troubled kids. Learn more at salesmanshipclub.org.