“I am super excited, it's the biggest tournament of the summer for me," said Connor Shaw. "It's also my last chance to prove myself in trying to get a spot on the University golf team this fall, so there is definitely motivation to be excited about this week coming up."
Shaw played in the Manitoba Amateur last year, and finished in a tie for 25th, which secured his spot for this year's tournament.
"I was fortunate to place where I did last year," said Shaw. “I was able to just enter this year's tournament, and I didn't have to qualify, so that takes some pressure off of me."
It's been a busy year so far for Shaw who plays several times a week, and brought his best game forward for the Gilbert Plains men's open and shot a 70.
"That round definitely gives me some confidence heading into next week," said Shaw. "The summer has its ups and downs, I had some downs earlier in the summer, but it all came together during the Open, and I put a good number out there.
Every year, the Manitoba Amateur features the best Amateur golfers in the province, including last year's Champion, Devon Schade and the runner-up Zach Sackett.
The first two rounds of this year's Amateur will be played at the Selkirk Golf & Country Club and as Shaw mentions, he knows the course.
"The game is there, and I'm pretty comfortable with Selkirk, I've played there quite a few times," said Shaw. "So it makes me feel like there is no reason why I can't go out there and put some good rounds up leading into round 3 and 4 at Elmhurst."
The top 35 each year in the Manitoba Amateur automatically earn their spot for the following year's Amateur, but getting into the top 12 is something Shaw and every golfer will hope to secure next week because being in the top-12 secures your spot in the Canadian Amateur next month.