Trailing leader Howard Broun by four shots going into the final round, Peter Howe didn't like his chances of winning the Canadian Men's Senior golf championship. There was just too much room to make up.
"I thought Howard was way too far ahead," said the 56-year-old former Winnipegger who now calls Crawford Bay, B.C., home. "But I just kind of hung in there and stuck with it and hit some good shots and made a couple of putts. I guess that's what it takes."
Aided by some timely putting and a couple of lucky bounces, Howe posted a final round 2-over 73 yesterday for a three round total of 218 to slip past Broun and have a happy homecoming by winning his first Canadian Senior golf title at the Glendale Golf and Country Club.
"All day long today I was just trying to make good swings," said Howe, who attended elementary school at the Saint Charles Catholic School just beyond the Glendale gates and worked at St. Charles Country Club as a teenager before moving away as a 17-year-old. "That's all I was trying to do, just consistently make good swings and try to get the ball in the hole. The greens are beautiful to putt on but they're hard to read."
Broun, who led for the first two rounds and was up three strokes after nine holes yesterday, stumbled to a 79 and fell into a three-way tie for second at 220.
"I'm disappointed that I didn't win but you've got to learn from it," said Broun, a 58-year-old New Zealand native who now lives in Calgary. "It's good to get into contention again.
"Maybe next year I can keep it all together."
The trouble started for Broun on the 14th hole when he landed in a bunker and ended up with a two-over seven to fall to 1 over par. There was more trouble on the par-three 16th when Howe birdied and Broun bogeyed to force a tie for the lead.
"I didn't hit the shot very well off the tee," said Howe, whose tee shot landed 12 feet below the pin. "I kind of caught it two lines up on my eight iron. But for whatever reason, it just happened to react properly."
On the 18th hole, Howe and Broun both hit the trees on the left side of the fairway. But while Howe's shot bounced back into the fairway, Broun wasn't as fortunate, landing in the trees and needing two chip shots to get out.
"On 18, he hits the trees and his comes out," said Broun. "I hit the tree -- and I hit it pretty good -- but mine goes in (to the trees)."
Broun finished up tied for second with four-time Canadian Mid-Amateur champion Stuart Hamilton of Mississauga, Ont., and two-time Canadian Senior and seven-time Canadian Mid-Amateur champion Graham Cooke of Hudson, Que. Hamilton posted an even-par 71, which was aided by a hole in one from 178 yards out on the seventh hole, while Cooke had a 73.
Two-time Canadian Senior champion Patrick Suraj of Etobicoke, Ont., captured his second consecutive 70 and older super senior division title. The 71-year-old finished tied for 42nd overall with a score of 234.
Portage's Don Jackson was the top Manitoban, finishing in a tie for 21st with a 78 for a 229 total. Al Brownridge of Winnipeg fired a 76 yesterday for a 231 total and a tie for 29th.