Vernon's Conner Kozak tees off on the 10th hole of the Birchbank Golf Club in Trail at the B.C. Junior Men’s Golf Championships.

Vernon's Conner Kozak tees off on the 10th hole of the Birchbank Golf Club in Trail at the B.C. Junior Men’s Golf Championships.

Kozak climbs board

Vernon’s Conner Kozak is alone in fifth place after three rounds of the B.C. Junior Men’s Golf Championships at the Birchbank Golf Club in Trail.

Vernon’s Conner Kozak is alone in fifth place after three rounds of the B.C. Junior Men’s Golf Championships at the Birchbank Golf Club in Trail.

After opening with identical rounds of 75, Kozak, a member of the Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club, carded a sizzling 7-under par 65 to charge up the leaderboard to sit at one under.

Defending champion Adam Svensson of Surrey (67-68-71) was 10-under after three rounds and had a seven-stroke lead over Pitt Meadows’ Kevin Kwon (67-72-74) and Coquitlam’s Brian Jung (72-75-67), who were tied for second.

After shooting a pair of 73s, Spall’s Brady Stead fired an 80 in the third round to sit tied for 34th at 10-over.

At the qualifier tournament at the Canoe Creek Golf Course in Salmon Arm, Stead recorded the lowest score of the competition, a 3-under par 69, on the final day.

Brad Jones and Randy Todosychuk, both of Spall, did not make the cut.

Stead, Kozak, Jones, Justin Wurz and David Szestopalow will all play in the B.C. Amateur Championships, which start Tuesday at The Dunes in Kamloops.

Meanwhile, Hillview pro Keith Vandenbrink carded a 67 in individual play to pocket a $315 fourth-place payday at the Gallagher’s Canyon Pro-Am Tuesday afternoon in Kelowna.

The event teamed Okanagan Valley pros in fivesomes with Gallagher’s ladies club members, and Vandenbrink’s group took second overall for an extra $150. He won another $100 in the long drive competition.