A Lake Country teen is on his way to becoming a household name.
Sixteen year-old Brandon Frechette had an excellent finish at the prestigious NAJA championship at Wigwam Golf Resort in Arizona over the Christmas break.
Frechette competed against 52 elite golfers from around the world.
In the first round of match play, Frechette beat 12 seed Jack Stevens four and two. Then, with only 16 players remaining, Frechette continued his success by beating the No. 4 seed Angelo Gallevo, on the first sudden-death hole.
The teen advanced to the second day of match play and with only eight players still in competition, Frechette faced Alejandro Armijo, who ranked fifth and won.
On the final tournament day with only two out of the 57 players remaining, Frechette faced a strong golfer from New Mexico, Trey Deihl. The two finalists were tied after the front nine.
Deihl inched past Frechette in the end to secure first place. Frechette proudly represented Canada with a strong silver finish.
"It was a great experience to play with a lot of amazing golfers from all over North America. I feel like my golf game is in a very good place right now. My play off the tee has improved drastically distance-wise and my short game was the best it has ever been," Frechette said.
Frechette said that his recent success is also a result of the great coaching and support from his golf coach, Clay Stothers, from Okanagan Golf Club. The grade 11 student from George Elliot Secondary, plans to continue with golf at the university level in the future.
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