Coquitlam's Trevor Garafano fired a better final- day score than Victoria's Alex Cartwright and, because of it, shot his way Sunday to the to a berth in the International Junior Masters golf tournament this summer in East Aurora, N.Y.
Garafano carded 77-72-149 to Cartwright's 76-73 and won the tiebreaker based on retrogression in the Boys 17-19 division in the latest Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour event on Vancouver Island, qualifying him for the top-ranked junior boys tournament in the U.S.
"I was only one [stroke] back going into [Sunday's] round but I felt, in order to win, I would need to play well," said the 17-year-old Garafano, a member of Coquitlam's Vancouver Golf Club. "I was a battle between Alex and me all day long. He made some key up-and-downs during the round, forcing it to come down to the wire."
In the Boys 14-16 bracket, Port Moody's Jun Kang pulled out a two-shot win over Calgary's Aaron Crawford.
Kang, 15, fired 74-75-149 to the 16-year-old Crawford's 77-74-151.
"I feel very happy because I never gave up until the finish," said Kang, a member of Swan-e-Set Bay Resort in Pitt Meadows.