MILWAUKEE — Marinette’s Ty Kretz gave it his best effort in Thursday’s final round of the Wisconsin PGA Junior Championship at Brown Deer Park Golf Course but fell five strokes short to settle for sole possession of fourth place.

On the first day of competition (Wednesday) at Dretzka Park Golf Course, Kretz noted he had some issues on the greens and found himself tied for 18th place after firing a 4-over-par 76 and had some work to do when he teed it up at Brown Deer on Thursday.

Kretz started his day out with a bogey on No. 1 and stayed one-over until he birdied the 485-yard par 5 4th. After giving the stroke right back on the No. 5, he birdie the 556-yard par 5 6th hole to get back to even-par on the front thru six.

He struggled with his putter again in Thursday’s round and gave another stroke back on the front to finish with a one-over 36 heading to the back.

Kretz dropped to two-over on the day and 6-over for the tournament with a bogey on the 423-yard par 4 10th and just eight holes left to play.

“My putter was a struggle both days for me but I knew (heading into those final eight holes) if I wanted to make a move to the top I needed to start making some birdies,” Kretz said.

From there, Kretz played some of his best golf of the week as he parred the next three holes, birdied the 172-yard par 3 14th and parred Nos. 15 and 16 to stay at even-par on the back with two holes to play.

Needing to score under-par on the final two holes to move up the leaderboard, Kretz birdied the 370-yard par 4 17th and followed suit on the 477-yard par 5 18th to finish at two-under 34 on the back and one-under 70 for the round, moving him from a tie for eighth to fourth. His 70 was tied for the third-best score of the day and his five birdies were tied for second.

Although still early in the season, Kretz still holds over a 100-point in Player of the Year scoring after gaining another 250 points from his fourth-place finish, bumping him up to 550 on the season. Woodruff’s Kyle Bengston is in second with 442.5, Sheboygan’s Drake Wilcox is in third with 350, Powers, Mich.’s Bryson Mercier is fourth with 310 and Aidan Duchelle of West Bend rounds out the top five with 300.

Next on the schedule for Kretz is the Wisconsin Amateur Junior Golf Association qualifier at The Legend Merrill Hills in Waukesha, Wis. on Sunday.