Kozak falls back at Canadian junior

Vernon’s Conner Kozak was playing well in the Canadian Junior Boys Golf Championships until he ran into trouble on the seventh hole Thursday morning at Morgan Creek in South Surrey.

Vernon’s Conner Kozak was playing well in the Canadian Junior Boys Golf Championships until he ran into trouble on the seventh hole Thursday morning at Morgan Creek in South Surrey.

The 18-year-old Seaton grad carded a 10 on the par-5 hole en route to a 46 on the front nine.

He recovered on the back nine, scoring three birdies, two on the final two holes, for a 37.

Kozak’s 83 knocked him well out of the top-20 in the field of 156. He opened with a 72 Tuesday and followed up with a 75 on Day 2.

The tournament ends today. Kozak, who will play for the UBC Thunderbirds this fall, is in the Canadian Amateur, Aug. 11-14, in Winnipeg. He went into the Canadian Junior on a high after scoring two aces in two weeks at Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club.

Team B.C. teammate Kevin Kwon, of Pitt Meadows, held an eight-stroke lead after carding a 67 Thursday. He was 13-under after earlier rounds of 71 and 65 for a 203.

Adam Svenson of Surrey, also of Team B.C.,  was at 71-73-69-213.

Richard Jung of Toronto was in second spot at 211 after shooting 71 Thursday. He opened with a 71 and then shot 69.

Alberta held a one-stroke lead over B.C. and four up on Ontario and Quebec in the inter-provincial team format.