Final round fade costs Mitchell Thiessen at Future Links Pacific Championship

In contention through two rounds, the Chilliwack native faltered Sunday, slipping to 10th place.

Playing against some of the top junior-aged golfers in Western Canada, Chilliwack’s Mitchell Thiessen earned a top 10 finish at the Future Links Pacific Championship.

The Golf Canada tournament was held last weekend at the Chilliwack Golf Club, with Thiessen joining a field of 85 golfers from B.C. and Alberta.

The Sardis secondary school student was in contention after firing 70-69 over the first two rounds. He had four birdies in each round and was within one shot of the lead heading into Sunday’s final round.

The race to the finish was a roller-coaster ride. Thiessen carded birdies on the ninth, 13th and 14th holds, but bogeyed three others and had a disastrous triple bogey on 16.

He ended the round with a three-over-par 75 that left him eight shots off the lead.

Victoria’s Jeevan Sihota shot a scorching 10-under-par 206 to take the title by one stroke.

Langley’s Khan Lee and Mill Bay’s Tristan Mandur tied for second.

The top six earned exemptions to the 2017 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, which is being played July 31 to August 3 at Cataraqui Golf and Country Club in Kingston, ON.

If not for that one horrible hole, Thiessen would have been in the mix for one of those exemptions.

As it is, the three remaining spots went to Chandler McDowell (Alberta), Keaton Gudz (Victoria) and Carter Graf (Alberta).

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