Central Albertans Graf, McKinlay co-leaders heading into final round at Alberta Men’s Am

A pair of local golfers will battle it out in the final group at the Alberta Men’s Amateur Golf Championship.

Sylvan Lake native Carter Graf and Lacombe’s Brady McKinlay are tied at three-under-par after 36 holes in the 54-hole championship at the Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club. Michael Valk of Medicine Hat is also tied with Central Albertans at three-under.

Graf carded five birdies on Wednesday, finishing the day at one-under-par. McKinlay, who shot 67 in round one, also had a strong day, with four birdies and an eagle, ending the round at plus-one. The Lacombe product has led the pack in Medicine Hat before, sitting atop the leaderboard after two rounds in the 2018 Canadian Junior Boys Championship.

“It’s just confidence. Especially off the tee here. You have to put yourself in good positions. If I can keep the ball in the fairway and the greens are beautiful this year, if I can keep the ball rolling it will be really good,” he said post-round.

Red Deer’s Cole Bergheim shot a plus-three 74 Thursday and sits at even-par for the tournament. Chandler McDowell of Springbrook led after an opening-round 66 but faltered in round two with an eight-over 79. Sylvan Lake’s Logan Graf had a strong round two with a three-under-par 68 and is at three-over overall.

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