Lorne Rubenstein of the TORONTO GLOBE & MAIL recounted (literally) the Tuesday round of pro golfer Jamie Kureluk at the RBC Insurance Alberta Open and the numbers still seemingly didn’t add up.
Twenty-five on the back nine. Is your head spinning yet? Kureluk, a pro at the Cottonwood Golf and Country Club in Calgary, shot 25 to shoot 61. He was two-over-par after four holes and 12-under for his last 10 holes. He was 11-under on the back nine alone. His back nine is by all accounts a competitive record.
The PGA Tour record for a side of nine is held by Corey Pavin, who shot eight-under 26 in the first round of the 2006 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.
John Down of the CALGARY HERALD noted that Kureluk somehow shot 61 despite four-putting the 135-yard, par 3 fourth hole from 35 feet and bogeying the eighth hole, the shortest par 4 on the 6,834-yard layout.
Kureluk’s back nine scorecard: Birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie, birdie, eagle.
From the Herald:
I was just doing the same thing . . . it just started working,” said a calm Kureluk, who also birdied the par 5, ninth to make it 12 under for his past 10 holes. “I’ve shot 62 a couple of times, but it was getting a little ridiculous on the back nine.
Kureluk, an assistant pro at the Cottonwood course, hasn’t played regularly on the Canadian Tour since 2006 because of a lack of funds. But now he’s looking to taking a shot at the PGA Tour - and this year’s U.S. Open.
“It’s (assistant pro job) a guaranteed pay cheque,” said the recent newlywed. “I can play around here and sharpen my skills. I kind of learned if you want to make it you have to get through PGA Tour Qualifying School, so that’s my focus now.”
Kureluk, who won a club pro series event last week for a $3,000 payday, will start the PGA Tour qualifying school this fall at the second of three stages. He’ll also play in a sectional qualifying on June 7 for a spot in next month’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
Kid needs to go by Kureluck from here on out.