Alberta Pro Shoots 25 on Back Nine

Jamie Kureluk is hardly a household name, and somehow I think what he did at the RBC Insurance Alberta Open Championship will do little to change that. But it is remarkable. Kureluk, an assistant pro at a club in Calgary and a former Canadian Tour player, had one of the great back nines the game has ever witnessed yesterday.

Of note, the lowest nine-hole score on the PGA Tour is 26, by Corey Pavin. I can’t say I’ve ever seen 11-under par on a nine — ever. And ten straight holes at 12-under par has to be some sort of record. You can find Kureluk’s website here. Note that the field for this event is strong, and includes a number of standout Canadian Tour players.

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  • I’ve been looking for a copy of this scorecard… heard the news while at the VGT event at Swan-E-Set on Wednesday. Great round… as a mental game coach, I’ll be using this as an example of how 1 over at the turn can still become something magical

    • Ahh, the mystical, “zone” of golf / sports.

      On a somewhat “micro miniature” scale compared to Jamie’s feat … ;

      I made (quadruple bogey) 8 on the par 4 ninth hole at Cranberry resort during the Ontario Amateur qualifier, many moons ago. I followed that up by birdieing the par 5 tenth, and went on to shoot even par for the back nine. The round was played in near gale conditions, and my 75 was good enough to finish second in the qualifier.

      I’ve had 3 or 4 other “in-the-zone” experiences that lasted from 9 holes, to the full 18 in a couple of cases.

      It’s a wonderful feeling / experience, where you’re calm, confident, and on later reflection, is usually referred to as “playing over your head”.

      For most golfers, the “over your head” reference, typically shows that many of us under-estimate or artificially restrict our natural ability, by “getting in our own way”.

      Tim Gallwey’s “Inner Game of Golf”, has the best explanation(s) of why we do so. Or at least the best explanations that I’ve read. There may be (probably) newer material out there on the subject of the mental game, a subject which I’m very interested in.


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