The trip west has already been worth it.

Minot golfer Keegan Fennessey fired a 1-under-par 70 on Tuesday to earn a share of second place through two rounds of the 39th Trusted Choice ‘Big I’ Junior Classic in Boise, Idaho.

Fennessey’s 70 was one of five rounds under par Tuesday, and one of just six over the first two rounds of play.

His score, coupled with a 74 on Monday, left the former Poland High School golfer with a two-round total of 144, tied with two others three shots back of leader Tommy Gibson of Pilot Mountain, N.C.

Others tied with Fennessey include Andrew Perez of Oxnard, Calif., and Stefan Brewer of Charlotte, N.C.

The tournament is a 72-hole, stroke-play tournament with a field of 120 boys and 54 girls from 42 states. More than 8,000 junior golfers attempt to qualify for the national event each year at state and regional qualifiers throughout the country.

After two rounds, the boys’ field has been pared down to 54 golfers.

The list of players that have participated in the ‘Big “I’ includes some well-recognized names. Players such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, David Duval, Charlie Howell, Billy Andrade, Grace Park, Kellie Kuehne and Cristie Kerr have all participated.

Fennessey will tee off in the second-to-last group today at 12:18 p.m. alongside John Ladow of Pottstown, Penn., and Logan Harrell of Huntersville, N.C.

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