Champ shoots for senior hat trick

SCOTT UNGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

For Gavin Speirs, his yearly entry into the Manitoba Senior Men's Provincial Golf Championship has been a chance to catch up with the fellows he has paced the links with for the past 30 summers. As of late though, he has also been the top fellow among them.

When the 2007 edition of the senior event begins this morning at Larters at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club, Speirs will walk up to the first tee as the two-time defending champion. If he ends this week as the champion once again, it will be the first time since Harry Critchley's four titles in the 70s that someone has won this event three times in a row.

"For me personally, it could be anything," Speirs humbly said of what he expects this week. "It's been a busy summer, but it hasn't allowed for a lot of golf.

"If I'm lucky, my game will show up at the right time."

Speirs also won the event in 2001.

There is one thing, unrelated to his swing, which Speirs points to for his continued success.

"Maybe I'm getting a little more mellow," Speirs laughed when asked for the reason his game remains at a top level.

Even if Speirs doesn't find the top of the leader board when the week is over, he is convinced it will still be a good time.

"In senior golf, the real deal is seeing your buddies and having lunch with them when the round is over," he said.

"We're still all competitive and love to play well. We get angry with a bad shot and are happy with a good shot."

And as for those buddies, it could be a number who challenge him for the title.

"They're all worth watching out for," Speirs said of his competitors. "It could be one of a dozen guys at the end of the week."

The three-round event will conclude Thursday.

CDN WOMEN'S: The 2007 Canadian Women's Amateur Championship begins today at the Granite Golf Club in Stouffville, Ont.

Two-time Manitoba champion Kaitlin Troop of Clear Lake will lead Team Manitoba into the event. The provincial team also includes Strathcona Ladies member Angela Daykin, Grand Pines Mindy Linchtman and St. Boniface's Tammy Gibson.


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