Jones Sets Record To Take Lead at Q-School


It didn't take long Wednesday for Gene Jones to send a subtle message that he has every intention of qualifying for the 2001 Canadian Tour.
Coming off an opening-round 70 on Tuesday, the 43-year-old Orlando, FL, native drained birdie putts on the second, third and fourth holes on his way to a course record 6-under-par 66, leaving him alone atop the leader board at the Canadian Tour's Winter Qualifying School at the Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. Lewis Chitengwa (Nashville, TN) and Dave Christensen (Otsego, MN) are just one stroke back. On the Canadian front, Stuart Anderson of Strathmore, AB, is in 12th spot, just nine strokes off the pace, while Montreal's Craig Matthew has a two-day total of 144 after carding a 74 Wednesday.
But the talk of the day centered around Jones, who tackled the imposing Greg Norman course with the round of the tournament to date.
'I enjoy being near the top in these tournaments, it really gets the blood flowing,' said Jones, who fired identical 33's on the front and back nine. 'After I birdied the three in a row, I thought I had a chance to get to 10-under. But every part of my game was on today, everything just seemed to go my way.'
The Barefoot Resort, which has been open for less than a year and also features courses designed by Tom Fazio, Davis Love III and Pete Dye, has been drawing rave reviews from players all week.
'These courses are in immaculate condition, especially since all the rain we had (on Monday),' added Jones. 'The greens are in great shape, and I haven't heard anyone complain yet.'
Grant Fuhr has garnered much of the media spotlight in Myrtle Beach, and the future N.H.L. Hall of Fame goaltender remains in the thick of things entering Thursday's third round. Fuhr shot a 2-over-par 74 Wednesday for a two-round total of 149, good enough for a share of 63rd spot.
After the third round wraps up, the lowest sixty scores plus ties will advance to the final qualifying round on the Love course Friday. There are 20 full-exempt and 10 conditional 2001 Canadian Tour cards up for grabs.
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