Carter Graf, 16, was one of three golfers named to the Alberta Golf High Performance and Team Alberta groups this week. (File Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Local golfers named to Alberta Golf High Performance team

A trio of Central Alberta golfers cracked the list of up and coming players named to the Alberta Golf High Performance group and Team Alberta Wednesday.

Jaxon Lynn, 20, of Sylvan Lake was one of 17 golfers selected for the 2018 High Performance team.

According to an Alberta Golf, members of the team were selected because they, “have not only shown an excellent ability to play and compete in the sport of golf, but they are also high quality individuals who proudly represent Alberta Golf nationally and internationally.”

Lynn, who currently plays at South Dakota State in the NCAA represented well last summer in Alberta, including a ninth-place finish at the Glencoe Invitational and top 50 finishes in both the Alberta Men’s Amateur Championship and the Alberta Open Championship.

Carter Graf of Sylvan Lake and Brady McKinley of Lacombe were two of seven players named to the 2018 Team Alberta boys squad.

Team Alberta is made up of competitive players under the age of 19 that have their sights set on post-secondary opportunities in golf and their results throughout last year made them eligible.

Graf, 16, had a number of top 10 results last summer, most notably a third-place finish at the Alberta Men’s Amateur Championship where he played in the final group in the event at the Ponoka Community Golf Club.

He won both the PGA of Alberta Junior Masters at Coal Creek and the Maple Leaf Junior Tour International Players Championship. He was 13th at the Quebec Men’s Amateur Championship and also played in both the Canadian Junior Boys Championship and the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship last summer.

McKinlay, 16, also played well in the summer finishing tied for 21st Alberta Men’s Amateur Championship and tied for 70th at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship. He was 14th at the Alberta Junior Champions and tied for seventh at the Maple Leaf Junior Tour Alberta Season Opener.

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