Lacombe’s Brady McKinlay finished as the runner-up at the Alberta Match Play Championships at Silver Springs Golf and Country Club. (Photo by Alberta Golf)

McKinlay, Graf finish in top five at Canadian Junior Championships

In the end, Carter Graf and Brady McKinlay couldn’t quite catch Christopher Vandette.

The Central Albertans made a furious charge to try and oust the 54-hole leader in the final round of the Canadian Junior Championships at Covered Bridge Golf and Country Club in Hartland, N.B.

McKinlay birded the 18th for a final-round total of four-under and ended up second overall at 13-under-par for the tournament.

Graf made a charge of his own– a birdie on the 16th and an eagle on the last to finish in third at 11-under par overall.

McKinlay finished just one back of the eventual champion Vandette, who was one-under Thursday and 14-under for the week. Vandette, the defending champion also birdied the final hole to stay one up on McKinlay.

“I was a little bit disappointed with the first two days,” McKinlay told Golf Canada.

“The last two days were picture-perfect almost, I just needed a couple of more shots. To keep going lower and lower up until the last day and then to do 4 under today was really good.”

In the final round, he made six birdies and had just two bogies. Over the final 36 holes, the Lacombe product had 13 birdies and only had two bogies. Last year, he finished tied for sixth at the Canadian Juniors.

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