Brandon-born Keaton Gudz earned an exemption to the Canadian junior boys’ golf championship after finishing fourth in the CN Junior Links Prairie Championship at the Shilo Country Club on Sunday.
Gudz, a Victoria native who is the grandson of Brandonite Frank Gudz, finished the 54-hole stroke play event with a 5-over 221, six strokes back of Calgary’s Andrew Brown, who won the event with a 215. Vancouver’s Owen Xiong, Winnipeg’s Zach Sackett, Calgary’s Michael Martin and Corey Bailey of Shaunavon, Sask., also qualified for the national championship.
Brandon’s Austin Dobrescu was the top local. He finished in a tie for 21st with a three-round total of 233 in the event that featured 57 boys golfer from as far away as British Columbia and Quebec. After shooting a 74 on the opening day, Dobrescu struggled on the final two days and posted an 81 and 78. Carberry’s Joel Baron finished in a tie for 46th at 248, while Minnedosa’s Zane MacDonald posted a 285.
In the girls’ event, Calgary’s Jaclyn Lee shot a course-record 67 on Saturday and went on to win the event with a 2-under 214 and earn an exemption to the Canadian junior girls’ championship. The next closest player to the national development team member was 13 strokes back.
Brandonites Hayley Shanks and Tianna Slate tied for 17th place after taking 358 strokes to finish their three rounds.
Erickson’s Bobbi Uhl was disqualified for not disclosing that she used two balls on the 12th hole in her first round. She hit into a spot that was under repair and scored the same with both balls, but didn’t inform officials she used two balls.
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