Am Tour: Snowbirds in Jones, Palmer flights prevail in the Arizona desert


Palmer flight champion Vince Lewis splits his time between Arizona and British Columbia.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- We all know how much Canadians love their golf in the summertime. And as those who live in Arizona know, they particularly love their long golf vacations during the winter months.

Vince Lewis is one of those golfers who splits their time between Canada and Arizona. Though he calls home Vernon, B.C., he plays most of his competitive golf on the Arizona Am Tour. Having nationals in Scottsdale served to be a great advantage, as he used his local knowledge of Talking Stick and Grayhawk to win the Palmer flight this week in the Am Tour Senior National Championships.

But just because he's in familiar surroundings, it doesn't mean he didn't feel the pressure heading into the fourth round. After a second round 72 propelled him into contention.

"Coming in today, I was really nervous," said Lewis. "I was feeling the pressure the first three holes, but after that, I fell into a rhythm. The rest of the day was kind of a blur."

With summer winding down in the Pacific Northwest, Lewis isn't ready to shut down the game quite yet -- he's on his way to play in another event on Saturday in Oregon.

Harris goes wire-to-wire in Jones flight

Earlier in the week, we told you about the "Three Musketeers" from Michigan who have been coming to nationals for years. None had ever gone home with the crystal until today.

Greg Harris went wire-to-wire in the Jones flight to end the drought. The Michigan native, who with his Michigan buddies makes the national championship a yearly pilgrimage, shot a final round 83 at Talking Stick North to win by eight shots.

"I really haven't felt it yet," said Harris. "I'm still playing golf mentally to be honest with you."

Now that he'll be moved up to the Sarazen flight, it may be up to the other two Musketeers to build on their nationals crystal stash.

A veteran of Am Tour, Harris particularly enjoys getting out of snowy Michigan in the wintertime to get down to Florida to compete in some events. But he says it just wouldn't be the same without traveling to the events with his buddies, Eric Fox and Bob Houghton.

"It's a lot of fun," said Harris. "Not only for myself, but to have my friends along to enjoy it with me, that's what life's all about."