One-stroke victory

PAUL TURENNE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

The wind was howling yesterday during the final round of the Manitoba Men's Senior Golf Championship, and when the leaves, divots and dust finally settled, it had blown Gavin Speirs right into first place.

Speirs, of St. Charles Country Club, shot a two-over 72 in the third and final round at Southwood Golf and Country Club yesterday to win the Manitoba Men's Senior Championship by one stroke over Portage's Don Jackson, who had held the lead after both of the first two rounds.

Speirs shot 221 to Jackson's 222 over three rounds.

"It was fun coming down the stretch. Everyone was not shooting terrific golf and we knew we were all in a battle," said the 61-year-old Speirs. "I hit three birdies coming in on 15, 16 and 17, and that just rescued the whole thing."

Speirs's 72 was the low round of the day yesterday.

"It was just a good game of golf. I was happy with it," he said. "Southwood is my old club. I belonged there for 12 years in the 60s and 70s so it was quite cool to come back here and play well."

Speirs was five strokes back of Jackson going into yesterday's final round, but Jackson posted his worst round of the tournament yesterday, scoring a hard-to-swallow 78.

"Seventy-eight is probably a pretty normal score out there today with that wind," said Speirs. "It was pretty tough out there. I'm sure all of us had a lot of trouble with the wind. It was a cross-wind on nearly every hole, then you'd get to a par 3 and it would be right in your face or at your back."

The senior title, for men 55 years old and up, was Speirs's second. He won his first senior crown in 2001.

David McLeod of the St. Boniface Golf Club finished in third with a three-round 224.

Speirs, Jackson, McLeod and Ken Mould, who finished tied for fourth with Terry More, will most likely make up Manitoba's team at the 2005 Canadian Senior Championships, which run Sept. 19 to 22 in Lennoxville, Que.


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