Curtain Omelia Lead After 36 Holes At Spring Q-School


KAMLOOPS, BC - Michael Curtain of Australia shot his second straight round under par Tuesday to grab a share of the lead after the second round of the Canadian Tours Spring Qualifying School.
The 23-year-old carded a 1-under 71 for a 36-hole total of 3-under 141 and is tied with American Bryan Omelia for top spot. Three others are at even-par 144.
For the second consecutive day, showers and cool temperatures enveloped The Dunes, and swirling winds added another dimension to the 7120-yard layout. Curtain senses his game still isnt where it should be, but has put himself in ideal position heading into Wednesdays third round of the 90-hole tournament.
The game still doesnt feel sharp, but I seem to be making my way around the course, said Curtain, who also holds status on the Asian Davidoff Tour. Ive done well in this weather, and looking at the scores, I seem to be in good shape. I wont change my game plan - I want to win this tournament, but I am shooting for at least the top five.
Spring Qualifying School is a comeback of sorts for Curtain. Frustrated with his game and with the self-described politics of the sport, Curtain took two years off and sold cards in his native Australia. In November of 2000, he began working on his game again and turned pro in January of this year. Once play wraps up Friday, Curtain hopes to book a flight to Michigan for next weeks Bay Mills Open as a full-fledged Canadian Tour member.
Im just going to go out and play smart and try to be sensible. This is the type of course where you have to pick you spots to attack. With any luck, I can hole a few putts and get on a roll.
The starting field of 70 will be reduced to the low 60 scores plus ties after Thursdays fourth round. Those remaining will play Friday for one of 15 exempt and 10 non-exempt cards to be awarded.
Omelia, 27, a former Great Britain & Ireland national team member, echoed Curtains thoughts and will not get too far ahead of himself with 54 holes still to play.
I am pleased to be where I am, but I am literally going to take it one step at a time, said Omelia. 'Ill hit my shots and see what happens. Id be delighted with top spot, but my goal coming in here was to qualify for the Canadian Tour. Ive put myself in position to do that.

Second round scores:
Curtain, MichaelAustralia70-71 141-3
Omelia, BryanVan Nuys, CA72-69 141-3
Forsman, JohanDenver, CO74-70 1440
Hamilton, RobertCarmichael, CA73-71 1440
Yamanaka, MotoNorwalk, CA73-71 1440
Brunson, DanielGreenville, SC73-72 1451
Corrigan, MarkCornwall, PEI72-73 1451
Fukushima, KentGrande Prairie, AB72-73 1451
Gibbs, JonathonBoise, ID72-73 1451
Wood, JeffFortuna, CA69-76 1451
Carr, DaveSacremento, CA71-75 1462
Serna, AntonioMexico75-71 1462
Davey, SteveTallahassee, FL78-69 1473
Petryk, LarrySmoky Lake, AB74-73 1473
Stinson, KyleEdmonton, AB72-75 1473
Valentin, JeromeMission Viejo, CA73-74 1473
Yoshitake, MasaVictoria, B.C.73-74 1473
Bensel, KenBelligham, WA74-74 1484
Correa, LarrySan Diego, CA73-75 1484
Dawson, PhilipShinyle Springs, CA75-73 1484
Gentry, BrianTahoe City, CA75-73 1484
Kureluk, JamieCalgary, AB73-75 1484
Belbin, ChadKamloops, BC77-72 1495
Goma, ShinichiCoquitlam, B.C.75-74 1495
Knowles, RaganAurora, CO72-77 1495
Risdon, DustinStrathmore, AB72-77 1495
Snelling, JustinBoise, ID74-75 1495
Williams, MikeAntelope, CA76-73 1495
Flugstad, BrianKenmore, WA72-78 1506
Scaletta, PaulRichmond, VA73-77 1506
Burns, GordToronto, ON74-77 1517
Bykowski, ColinKelowna, B.C.73-78 1517
Nelson, BirkPhilomath, OR77-74 1517
Fisher, JasonBakersfield, CA77-75 1528
Havens, DavidCharlottesville, VA78-74 1528
Hayashi, NoryJapan77-75 1528
Hong, ChangKorea75-77 1528
Jacques, RyanDexter, MO74-78 1528
Nitta, DaisukeJapan75-77 1528
Arps, JarrodAustralia78-75 1539
Karr, JimJupiter, FL76-77 1539
Wright, SteveNanaimo, B.C.81-72 1539
Brown, MichaelGrenelefe, FL81-73 15410
Chubb, MatthewToronto, ON76-78 15410
Hogan, PatIndianopolis, IN80-74 15410
Yoo, RichardKorea79-75 15410
Aga, MattLoveland, CO76-79 15511
Burke, JimHemnet, CA79-76 15511
Buttar, BlairLeduc, AB76-79 15511
Moore, MichaelMississauga, ON78-77 15511
Takase, AtsushiNorthridge, CA77-78 15511
Berthiaume, Marc-AndreMontreal, QC80-76 15612
Park, PedroNew Zealand79-77 15612
Bach, TedSundre, AB77-80 15713
Hall, RichardEngland78-79 15713
Hague, RyanVernon, B.C.80-78 15814
Reid, ScottConover, NC84-75 15915
Kubo, ShoheiNew Zealand82-78 16016
Michals, JayHouston, TX81-80 16117
Webb, MikeEagle, ID81-81 16218
Douglas, RobStratford, ON84-79 16319
Crumb, JeffOliver, B.C.84-81 16521
Duru, PaschalNigeria82-83 16521
Wammer, PaulWestbank, B.C.82-83 16521
McGarry, MikeLyndhurst, OH86-80 16622
Patrick, DarylCalgary, AB84-82 16622
Harding, TySanta Clara, CA88-80 16824
Mignone, MarkMission Viejo, CA85-85 17026
Danbom, JeffMilford, IA86-85 17127
Douglas, DarriekBermuda87-88 17531