At age 56, Scott Allred of Calgary’s Elbow Springs has no plans to slow down his competitive play, nor should he considering his five PGA of Alberta Senior Championships, including the last three.
“I like to compete, mostly. I’m not sure exactly how I was able to defend, especially the past couple of years, I’ve had some health issues, but for whatever reason, the adrenalin kicks in and I’m able to sort of figure it out and play through it,” said Allred, who has lower back issues, has gone though a couple of shoulder surgeries and has arthritis.
“I’m not super-bad, but I mean it doesn’t take much when you want to try and compete against guys that are younger than you. It gets tougher, right? The window closes because you get the guys that are just turning 50,” he added.
His latest provincial championship came just last week at the Belvedere Golf and Country Club in Sherwood Park, where just like the year before when he shot a final round 67, Allred required a come-from-behind effort as he was three shots off the lead going into the final round before posting a 68 to finish the two rounds at even par.
Tied for ninth in this week’s PGA of Canada national rankings, Allred is holding his own against much younger players, but fortune hasn’t always followed him since hitting the senior ranks in Alberta.
In 2012, he lost in a playoff and two years later, Allred had one of those moments in the provincial championship he’d rather forget.
“I hit the wrong ball on the first hole. I didn’t realize it until I was on the ninth hole that I had the wrong ball, so I had to DQ myself,” he said.
“I was playing well too, I was one under at the time with the wrong ball. It was a hail storm that came on the first hole. It was the same number, the same everything,” said Allred.
“I have a logo on my ball that says `Just win baby,’ because I’m an Oakland Raider fan and that was (owner) Al Davis’ line. Sometimes, I putt and I line that `Just win baby’ up and other times, I don’t,” he explained.
“I wss in a phase where I didn’t line it up, so I wasn’t looking for it, so I realized on the ninth hole hey, I didn’t have this `Just win baby’ on my ball,” said Allred, adding that he actually went looking for the just-win-baby on the ninth hole, but knew he messed up when a few followers told him they’d actually found that ball back on the first hole.
As Allred guns for a sixth provincial title next year, he says he’s got plenty to keep him busy, including six kids and 13 grandchildren under the age of 10. He also says he has outstanding backup while he works on his game at Elbow Springs, where he’s a principal owner at a golf course that opened in 1991.
“I have a fantastic crew here,” said Allred.
“It’s a very popular course. People like it. It’s the right blend of challenge and very walkable and that’s a big deal these days,” said Allred, who plans to be walking himself as he seeks his sixth title in 2018.
“As long as I can be healthy and as long as I can be competitive, I plan on continuing to play,” he said.