Sylvan Lake’s Carter Graf, fresh off winning the Alberta Junior Championship, will see if he can cut it as the Alberta Men’s Amateur tees off this week at Wolf Creek Golf Resort. (Photo by Jordie Dwyer/Black Press Staff)

Graf heats up in round two of Canadian Junior Golf Championships

Carter Graf is a man on a mission at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship.

The Sylvan Lake product, after a strong opening round 67, fired a four-under 68 in round two to move into second place at the 72-hole event in Hartland, N.B.

Graf sits at nine-under-par overall, four shots back of Quebec’s Christopher Vandette, who equaled lowest single-round score in the 81-year history of the championship with 62 in the opening round. Vandette also broke the previous course record of 64.

Representing Red Deer Golf and Country Club, Graf birdied four straight holes on the front nine to finish with a 32, then went even par the rest of the round.

Although Alberta wasn’t able to win their fourth straight inter-provincial title, Graf helped them push into second place with a two-round total of 277. They finished eight strokes back of Quebec who won the national title with a 19-under-par 269.

Lacombe’s Brady McKinlay made the cut and is tied for 26th at two-under-par.

The tournament continues Wednesday, with the final round set for Thursday.

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