Ward looking to continue winnings ways

Local golfer Greg Ward was one-under par through 36 holes to stay within striking distance of the lead heading into the final two rounds of the 80th-annual Clarica Manitoba Amateur Championship.
After opening with a one-under 71 on Tuesday, Ward shot an even-par 72 yesterday for a 143 total and a tie for seventh place heading into the third round Thursday at the Pelican Beach and Golf Entertainment Centre in Gimli.
Jamie Scott, from Grand Pines, Man., leads the pack with a 139.
Defending champ Kevin Kotyk was tied for second with 1999 winner Adam Spiers and two others at 141. Dryden’s Jordan Krantz also is on the leaderboard on the strength of his course record 67 yesterday.
He stands tied for sixth one stroke back (142).
Ward, 23, entered this week’s play on the heels of capturing the Dryden Men’s Open title on Sunday, carding a two-round total of 141, two shots better than Red Lake’s Shane Mann and five up on fellow Kitchen Creek golfer Greg Ross.
This is Ward’s fourth appearance at Clarica, earned his best finish of 11th place last year. He joined 173 other amateurs at this tourney who had been playing at the Pelican and Selkirk Golf and Country Club before last night’s cutoff round.
Tournament director Don Craig said the 153 cut-off score was a record low for this event, with 62 golfers surviving to play on. Golfers qualified for this tournament based on handicap and past regional performances.
He added there’s a lot on the line this week. The top four finishers will make up the Manitoba team at next month’s Canadian Interprovincials in Mississauga to contend for the Willingdon Cup.
Ten other golfers, depending on overall performance, will join them for the Canadian Amateur Championship also in Mississauga.