Jacob Lackey figured he had nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Lackey entered Thursday’s final round of the 58th annual Kansas Junior Amateur Golf Tournament at Turkey Creek 3 shots off the lead.
But Lackey saved his best for last, as he played a near-perfect round of 68 to win the championship by one shot over Grant Herrenbruck of Salina, Zach Sokolosky of Andover and Taylor Larsen of Garden City.
The only blemish for Lackey was a bogey on No. 15, but he countered that with a birdie at No. 18 to shoot an even par 35 on the back nine. He had made the turn in 33, with birdies at his nemesis No. 5 and No. 9. He had played No. 5 3-over during his first two rounds.
“I played really good,” Lackey said. “I got up and down really well and saved some pars. I figure I know the course better than anybody out there and it helped.”
Herrenbruck and Sokolosky were the pre-tournament favorites and gave it a great run in the final round with 70 and 71, respectively. Taylor Larsen of Garden City joined them at 215, one shot back of Lackey’s 214, which included a 75 and 71 in the first two days.
Herrenbruck needed an eagle on his final hole to tie Lackey, but just missed holing out.
Lackey said he played relaxed since he wasn’t protecting a final-round lead. He added it gave him a sense of calm and he just went out and dissected the course.
Lackey also won the 18 age division by one over Larsen.
Megan Propeck of Leawood was the girls winner after shooting 72 in her final round for an eight-shot win over Julia Misemer of Overland Park, who was on fire in the final round with a 69. All the girls were in one division.
• Boys Age Champions •
18 — Jacob Lackey, 214
17 — Grant Herrenbruck, Zack Sokolosky, 215
16 — Ryan Bender, 216
15 — Davis Cooper, 220
14 — Ryan Lee, 218