Amateur Suppa, 16, makes cut at Sony Open


The tradition of young players thriving at the Sony Open in Hawaii continues.

Eleven years after Michelle Wie made her PGA Tour debut and eight years after Tadd Fujikawa played his way into contention as a teenager, this week the spotlight is on 16-year-old amateur Kyle Suppa.

Suppa earned entry into this week's event by winning an all-amateur qualifier in November, and he validated his spot in the field with back-to-back rounds of 69. He has made only one bogey through 36 holes and sits 10 shots behind co-leaders Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson.

Suppa finished his second round early and then had to wait, as the cut line floated around his 2-under total. His score ultimately was enough to earn a third-round tee time, although because more than 78 players made the cut there will be a secondary, 54-hole cut Saturday to once again trim the field to the low 70 professionals plus ties.

Suppa is a junior at Punahou School in Honolulu, whose list of notable alumni is headlined by President Barack Obama. He won the 2014 Hawaii State Amateur by six shots and is already committed to play golf at the University of Southern California beginning in 2016.