Record: Canadian Pro Golfer Shoots 25 On Back 9

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.

Jamie Kureluck Shoots 25 On Back Nine At Canadian Tour Event

(Dude’s card - via Geoff Shackelford)

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.