Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:06
Thursday, 10 May 2012 10:48
BEAUMONT, Calif. -- Kevin Tucker maintained his lead at the Canadian Tour's 2012 Q-School on Wednesday with his second straight round of 3-under 69.
Tucker's latest round at the Oak Valley Golf Club included just 25 putts, and only 10 on the front nine.
"Putting was definitely the difference today, I made everything I looked at," Tucker said. "I didn't hit the ball as well today but luckily I only had one two putt on the front today."
Tucker is among 17 former Canadian Tour members looking to regain status on the developmental tour after making only two cuts in his rookie campaign in 2011.
He gained experience last season caddying for Chris Killmer, who finished in 22nd spot on the Canadian Tour Order of Merit in 2011.
"I learned a lot from Chris Killmer last year on tour," Tucker said. "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."
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 and 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," Harkins said.
Peter Campbell of Baddeck, N.S., was the top Canadian after two rounds. Campbell followed up an opening round 75 with a second round of 3-under 69. Campbell moved alone into eighth spot with a four-shot cushion for an exempt card.
Victoria's Cory Renfrew was in a tie for ninth position after a second round 73. Click HERE
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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 cut line after two rounds was 5-over for an exempt card and 8-over for a non-exempt card.
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