Kirton eager to take on world

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

Brad Kirton simply couldn't wait another day.

When national coach Ray Chateau sent an e-mail to let Kirton know what day his official Maple Leaf gear would arrive, the Elmhurst member made sure he got to know the Canada Post driver.

He basically felt like a child waiting to break open the first gift on his birthday.

"I was just getting home and I saw the Canada Post guy walking away with this huge box and I started yelling 'whoa, whoa,'" Kirton said yesterday before a lengthy practice session at his home course.

'PRETTY COOL'

"He ran it over and I pulled it all out and I was really, really pleased with what the bags and everything looked like. It's pretty cool to get to have your country's name on your bag. It's like putting on a Canadian hockey jersey. It'll be a blast to wear red and white and represent Canada. It's a chance of a lifetime, for sure.

"When I was 14, 15 I'd always stitched the Canada flag on my bag and now I have a legit Team Canada bag that I'll have forever. That's probably the coolest part. It will always be with me and whenever I look at it, it will bring back memories of the great times I had."

Thanks to his tie for second at the Canadian University/College Championship, Kirton is about to take part in his first international golf experience.

The World University Championship is set for Turin, Italy, from Sept. 5-9.

"I'm pretty stoked, I can't wait," said Kirton, who recently competed at the Canadian Amateur. "It's going to be a great life experience, not to mention playing golf at an international level. Getting to go and see a different part of the world. That'll be different to see all the history and architecture, plus they won the World Cup. The Olympics were there. It'll be cool to see all of that."

Kirton can't think of a better way to cap what has been an amazing season.

"As golf goes, it's going to be a blast and I'm going to take all the positives out of it," he said. "It'll be a nice sort of way to end it off. A last hurrah because when I get back, it will be all school probably for three months of hardcore studying."

Kirton's goals heading into the event are simple.

"You always enter a tournament thinking that you have a chance to win it because if you go there expecting anything else, you won't perform to your potential," said Kirton, who departs on Friday. "I find I strive better under pressure. I put high expectations on myself to do well.

"All I really want to do is have the team do well and have a strong showing for Canada. If I play well and play like I can, I think I can do pretty good."


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