To say Scott Allred has been seriously close to winning a PGA of Canada national championship in the recent past would be an understatement.
His record over the past six years speaks for itself.
In 2011 he finished runner-up at both the PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada and PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada.
Two years later he finished third at the PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada. A year after that, he again finished second at the PGA Club Professional Championship and in 2015, he finished fourth at the PGA Seniors’ Championship and fifth at the PGA Championship of Canada.
Earlier this summer, he finished fourth at the PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada.
The executive professional at Elbow Springs Golf Club in Alberta now leads the PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada heading into Wednesday’s final round.
“When you come so close to winning so many times and you don’t, you begin to wonder if you’re ever going to get the job done, but I’m very pleased to be in the position I’m in right now, so let’s see what happens (Wednesday),” said Allred.
The 56-year-old posted an opening round, two-under 70 Tuesday at TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Fla., and leads by a shot over Gar Hamilton, a four-time winner of this event, Gord Percy and Dan McNeely of the PGA of Canada – Ottawa Valley Zone and Ontario’s Gord Burns and Brian Hadley.
John Cochrane, Scott Dickson, Marc Girouard, and Philippe Mongeau are two shots back at even par. Twenty-four players are within five shots of the lead heading into the final round.
Allred, Hamilton and Percy, who were paired together in the first round, will form the championship’s final pairing at TPC Eagle Trace.
“I can’t wait to play with Gar again tomorrow,” Allred said. “He’s just an inspiring man to be around and you can’t help but play well when he’s in your group.”
Allred admitted playing poorly in the practice round, but turned it around for the first round.
“I hit it so badly in the practice round, it was embarrassing,” he said. “Thankfully, I got a couple lessons on the range last night and the result is me hitting it better than I have in years.”
The Inter-Zone Team Championship, which is comprised of four players per zone (and three scores per team counting), will also handed out at the end of play Wednesday.
Ontario—which features Burns, Hadley, Billy Walsh and Ken Tarling—leads at one under par, 12 shots ahead of British Columbia and Quebec.
Scores from both competitions and Wednesday tee times are here.