Long wait over for golfer

RON MANZ -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:19 AM ET

The Elks Club's Dwight Sandquist has waited two years to wipe away the disappointment of making a mistake that resulted in his disqualification from the Canadian Senior Men's Golf Championship. Sandquist nearly won the event in his first appearance, finishing in a tie for second place. But when he signed an incorrect score card following his last round, his hard worked vanished instantaneously.

"It was not a pleasant feeling let me tell you," said Sandquist, prior to leaving for Brantford, Ont., where play begins today in the Canadian senior men's championship.

Sandquist is heading into this year's event coming off a fourth in the Calgary city medallist championship two weekends ago. His approach at nationals will be no different.

"I don't really have a specific game plan heading in. It's really no different competing in your club championship or the Canadian championship."

Sandquist admits there are more top-notch players at nationals.

"It may be a little tougher than a city or even a provincial event but really there are always a lot of really good players at every level. You just have to go in with the attitude your approach for this tournament is no different than any other."

The three-time provincial mid-amateur champion and two-time city match play winner will wrap up his 2004 competitive golf season with this event.

"The goal is to just go out and play three of the best rounds of stroke-play golf I can to conclude this season and hope for the best," he said. "I also plan to only sign a correct card this time too."

Alberta's team is comprised of Al Dowdell from Pinebrook, the two-time defending provincial senior champ, Country Hills' Doug Kuntz, Windermere's Allan Gordon and Edmonton's Richard Senetchko.


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