Speirs spurred by dreams of winning at home

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The vision remains fresh in the mind of Adam Speirs and one of these years, he’s determined to turn his dream into a reality.

As one of the locals with his image plastered all over the promotional material for The Players Cup hosted by Jonathan Toews, Speirs is subject to a little abuse from his fellow Canadian Tour members.

The annual Canadian Tour stop is upon us once again and Speirs got out for a quick practice round on Monday.

“Every time I play a practice round and I line up a putt on 18, I say this is for the win,” said Speirs, who has made four of seven cuts in 2011 and earned $3,022.32 to sit 89th on the Order of Merit. “You’re still a kid when you’re thinking about that kind of stuff. However, I’m not going to let (the pressure) get to me this year. I’m just going to enjoy it and see what happens.”

The last Manitoban to get to the winner’s circle at Pine Ridge was Rob McMillan, back in 1996 when he was still an amateur.

With a spot in next week’s RBC Canadian Open on the line for the winner of the event, the stakes remain high, despite a drop in overall purse from $300,000 to $200,000.

“It’s our best event,” Speirs said. “It really is and I’m not just being a homer and saying that.”

THE WHITE-OUT: Talk about the return of the NHL to Winnipeg has been hot and heavy on the Canadian Tour and the event this week is calling for fans and players alike to support the white-out concept the Jets made famous during their first go-around in the NHL.

“Some guys are saying white shoes, white pants, white belt, white shirt, white hat, I’ve even heard white sunglasses,” Speirs said. “A couple Oiler fans are saying they’re wearing orange, Flames fans are wearing red, so that’s all good anyway. Scott Hawley, who is from New England, said he’s wearing black pants, a yellow shirt and a Bruins hat. A white-out on Saturday would be kind of neat.”

THE FIELD: Thirty-two players teed it up at Elmhurst Golf & Country Club for the Monday qualifier and things were so tight a four-player playoff was required to determine the final two spots.

Three of the four spots went to Manitobans, with 2010 Manitoba Junior Champion and 2010 Golf Manitoba Player of the Year Aaron Cockerill of Gunton (Teulon is his home course) shooting the low round at 1-under 70.

University of Manitoba Bisons golf team and Pine Ridge member Josh Wytinck of Glenboro carded a 71, while Tom Hogue of Fargo, N.D., Adrian Kibsey of Southwood, Brad Kirton of Pine Ridge and Drew Hartt of Calgary all shot 72.

In the playoff, Hoge and Kibsey nailed down the final two spots, while Kirton is the first alternate and waiting patiently for a position in the field to open up.


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