Round 2 – Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Tournament (USA West)
(April 27, 2016 – Santee, Calif.) – Danville, California’s Cody Blick managed a 3-under 69 in breezy conditions on Wednesday at Carlton Oaks Country Club to take the solo lead through 36 holes at Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada qualifying school.
The 22-year old recent graduate of San Jose State University carded five birdies and two bogeys to reach 8-under par and lead by two shots over Temecula, California’s John Chin and Fallbrook, California’s Colin Featherstone with two rounds remaining in the quest to earn Mackenzie Tour status for 2016.
“We’re only halfway there, so it’s the same thing as the first two rounds; I’m going to pick out targets, swing at ‘em and whatever happens happens. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and I’m expecting gusty, high winds, so we’ll see,” said Blick.
With the sun just rising on his professional career, Blick said he was embracing the transition from college and learning the nuances of the professional game.
“It’s different. In college, if you lose by four shots in a tournament, you’re still in fifth. If you’re four back of the lead in a professional event, you’re 30th. Every shot is 10 guys, so every shot really matters,” said Blick.
Two shots behind Blick were Chin, who fired the day’s only bogey-free round (69) and is coming off a victory at a Golden State Tour event at Carlton Oaks last week, and Featherstone, who played collegiate golf at nearby San Diego State.
PROJECTED SCORES FOR MACKENZIE TOUR STATUS:
1st (Exempt for 2016 season): -8/1st
16th (Exempt through first four events): E/T14
40th plus ties (Conditional status): +5/T37
KEY NUMBERS TO KNOW
1: Player without a bogey on Wednesday: John Chin (69)
14: The number of players under par on Wednesday, compared to 18 on Tuesday.
13: Players under par through two rounds.
“I know not just where to hit it, but where to miss it as well. There are a lot of holes out here where you have to miss it in the right spots. I’ve played here the last couple of years and have built a pretty good feel for the course.” – John Chin, who captured a Golden State Tour event at Carlton Oaks last week.
“I definitely much more attention to where the leaders are than where the cutline or the top-16 or top-40 is. I figure if I try to win and I don’t win I’m going to hopefully be close, so that’s the goal.” – Colin Featherstone on his strategy in trying to chase down leader Cody Blick over the final two rounds.
“It’s the Tour that fits my schedule; it’s an all Summer tour that’s a good step way to where I want to be on the Web.com Tour and move on from there, so for me it’s just a stepping stone in the right direction and it seems like the right way to do it for me.” – Mathias Dahl, who shot a 3-under 69 to sit T4 at 5-under.