KEVIN TUCKER MAINTAINS LEAD
2012 Canadian Tour Qualifying School
May 8 - 11, 2012
The Country Club at Soboba Springs (SS) - Par 72
Oak Valley Golf Club (OV) - Par 72
Cards - 30 Exempt / 30 plus ties Non Exempt
Soboba Springs 33 C - Winds km/h with gusts of 40 km/h
Oak Valley 33 C - Winds 22 km/h with gusts of 40 km/h
Second Round Leaderboard (bold denotes Canadian)
Kevin Tucker, Scottsdale, AZ 69-69 (-6) OV
Brandon Harkins, Scottsdale, AZ 71-68 (-5) SS
Eugene Choe, Temple City, CA 70-70 (-4) OV
AJ Shiffert, Visalia, CA 73-67 (-4) OV
Andrew Roque, Monterey Park, CA 76-66 (-4) OV
Tyler Aldridge, Nampa, ID 73-69 (-2) OV
Nate McCoy (A), Des Moines, IA 73-70 (-1) OV
Peter Campbell, Baddeck, NS 75-69 (E) SS
(May 9, 2012 - Beaumont, CA) Kevin Tucker of Scottsdale, AZ continues to lead the Canadian Tour's 2012 Q-School after his second straight 3-under-par 69. Tucker's 69 at Oak Valley Golf Club included just 25 putts highlighted by only 10 putts on the front nine at Oak Valley.
"Putting was definitely the difference today, I made everything I looked at," said Tucker who holed out from the green side bunker on the par 3 third hole. "I didn't hit the ball as well today but luckily I only had one two putt on the front today," added Tucker who drained seven one puts en route to a 33.
Tucker is among 17 former Canadian Tour members looking to regain status on North America's preeminent developmental tour after making only two cuts in his rookie campaign in 2011. Focused with a renewed sense of confidence coupled with support from family and friends has rekindled Tucker's approach to the game.
"I learned a lot from Chris Killmer last year on Tour said Tucker," who caddied on most weekends for Chris Killmer who finished in 22nd spot on the Canadian Tour Order of Merit in 2011. "He helped me realize that I was good enough to compete at the highest level and I really started to believe it over the last few months." added Tucker who also credits his family with supporting him in his dream of making it to the PGA TOUR..
Brandon Harkins, another former member, posted a 4-under-par 68 which turned out to be the round of the day at Soboba Springs and moved him into second spot on the leaderboard. Like Tucker, Harkins lost his card after making only two cuts in nine tries during the 2011 season. The long hitting Scottsdale resident is looking to bounce back after going through a swing change during the 2011 season.
"It probably wasn't the best time to make some changes but I'm better off for it now and my confidence is riding high," said Harkins who was the medalist at his U.S. Open site earlier this week. "I've been working on my short game and so far this week it's been very steady and I like where I'm at heading into the final two rounds," added Harkins, a graduate of Chico State.
The low Canadian after two rounds is Peter Campbell of Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Campbell followed up an opening round 75 with a stellar 3-under-par 69. Campbell sits in eighth spot alone and is currently has a four shot cushion for an exempt card.
Just one shot behind Campbell is Victoria, BC native Cory Renfrew who sits in a tie for ninth position after a second round 73. Renfrew will join Campbell at Oak Valley on Thursday where the top 75 players and ties will tee it up in hopes of receiving one of the 30 exempt or 30 non exempt cards available. The remaining players will play Soboba Springs on Thursday finishing their Q-School tournament at Oak Valley on Friday.
The top 30 players after four rounds will receive exempt status for the 2012 season. The next 30 players and ties will receive non-exempt cards. The current cut line after two rounds is 5-over-par for an exempt card and 8-over-par for a non-exempt card.
Play resumes at 7:30 AM at Soboba Springs and Oak Valley.