Cooper in contention

Vernon's Braeden Cooper has his age group's lead heading into today's final round of Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour event in Surrey

Vernon’s Braeden Cooper had his age group’s lead with 18 holes to play today at the 13th annual Odlum Brown Classic PGA of BC Junior Golf Championship at Surrey’s Northview Golf and Country Club.

The event is part of the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour schedule, and this 54-hole tournament is part of a major junior championship series held across the country in conjunction with the provincial bodies of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Canada.

Playing in the Bantam Boys division, Cooper opened with an even-par 72 on Monday, which included a birdie on the par-5 18th hole, and sat one shot back of the leader.

Cooper, 14, finished with another birdie on 18 Tuesday and shot a 1-under 71, good for a two-shot lead going into today’s final round. He’s also just two shots behind the overall leader, a 19-year-old from the Lower Mainland.

Coldstream’s Dexter Weiten opened with a 92 Monday at Northview in the Juvenile Boys division, and followed that with a 93 Tuesday.