Men's Golf

 James Kania
James Kania


Haverford, Pa.

High School:
The Haverford School

-2009-10 Academic All-SEC
-2008-09 Academic All-SEC
-2007-08 Academic All-SEC

2009-10: Kania played in seven events for Kentucky, earning a starting nod in five of the first six tournaments of the year ... Best finish of the season came at the UK Bluegrass Invitational where he ended tied for 22nd ... Had a season-stroke average of 77.48 ... Carded a 70 in the opening round of the UK Bluegrass Invitational for his best 18-hole score of the year ... Score of 2-over-par 215 in UK's regular season finale was his best 54-hole tournament score of the year.

Summer 2009 Advance to the match play finals of the 2009 Philly Am after advancing through four rounds of tough match-play competition ... Fell in the finals to friend and recent Virginia grad Conrad Von Borsig ... Won the 2009 Braemar Invitational at the Lexington Country Club with a 6-under-par 66 ... Currently on top of the 2009 William Hyndman III Player of the Year standings, given to the best Amateur player of the year based on point totals ... Finished in the top 35 at the 105th Philadelphia Open ... Won the Joseph H. Patterson Cup with what is believed to be the best competitive round of golf at the Llanerch Country Club ... Also won the Golf Association of Philadelphia Silver Cross award, given to the golfer with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the Patterson Cup ... He and his father, James Kania Sr., become the first father-son combo in GAP Golf history to each win the Patterson Cup and the Silver Cross ... Partnered with younger brother and UK teammate Michael Kania to finish second at the Pennsylvania Better Ball Championship.

2008-09 Had an exciting sophomore year for Kentucky, playing in 10 events, including the SEC Championship and NCAA Regional ... Finished the year with one top-10 finish and three top-20 finishes on the year ... Posted a season stroke average of 74.65, including a season-low 18-hole round of 69, which tied his career-low round at Kentucky ... His best finish of the year came at the Jacksonville University Invitation where he finished tied for sixth, the second-best UK finish of the tournament ... Was UK's top scorer in the Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational shooting a 54-hole total of 217 and finishing in a tie for 14th place.

2007-08 Saw collegiate action in five tournaments ... Finished the season with two top-10 finishes ... Carded a career-best 69 in the Pat Hicks Invitational and finished tied for eighth ... Best three-round tournament score of the year was a 221, which came in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate ... Finished the season with the fourth-best stroke average on the team, 74.86.

High School Was named the Golf Association of Philadelphia Junior Player of the Year in 2004 ... In 2005, was the medalist in the Philadelphia section for the U.S. Junior Amateur (Oaks, Pa.) ... Earned Delco Times High School Golfer of the Year honors in 2006 ... Was an alternate for 2006 U.S. Junior and U.S. Amateur ... Owns the three lowest averages in this history of the Inter-Academic League (35.7, 35.8, 34.9) ... Member of the 2006 Pennsylvania State Team for Williamson Cup Matches ... Advanced to match play at the 2006 and 2007 Philadelphia Amateur ... Made the cut at 2007 Pennsylvania Amateur ... Qualified for the 2007 Philadelphia Open at Merion Golf Club ... Four-year honors student in high school ... Member of the National Honor Society.

Pronounced: CANE-ya

Career Scorecard

YearTournamentsRoundsStrokesStroke Avg.Low Round
2009-10 7 21 1627 77.48 70
2008-09 10 29 2165 74.65 69
2007-08 5 14 1048 74.86 69
Career 22 64 4840 75.63 69

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