Ward seventh entering final round

Kitchen Creek’s Greg Ward continues to vie for first place at the 80th-annual Clarica Manitoba Amateur Championship after shooting a one-over par 73 in the third round yesterday.
That left him in a three-way tie for seventh at even-par 216–seven shots behind leader Adam Speirs of the St. Charles Country Club–heading into today’s final round at the Pelican Beach Golf and Entertainment Centre in Gimli.
Play was suspended at 9:30 a.m. today due to lightning. About 24 players of the field of 62 had not yet begun play.
Ward had opened with a one-under 71 in the first round Tuesday, then carded an even-par 72 in the second round Wednesday.
Speirs, the 1999 Clarica champion, took over the lead on the strength of a 68 yesterday. Defending champ Kevin Kotyk slipped into 18th place after firing a third-round 77 for a 218 total.
Jordan Krantz of Dryden is tied with Ward after carding a 74 yesterday.
This is a big event for Ward and the 61 other golfers who made the cut Wednesday as the top four will make up the Manitoba team at the Canadian Interprovincials in Mississauga next month.
Ward’s best finish in his three other appearances at the Clarica was 11th place last year.