Omelia Jumps Into Lead With One Round Left


KAMLOOPS, BC - Bryan Omelia of Ireland will carry the lead into Fridays fifth and final round of the Canadian Tours Spring Qualifying School.
The 27-year-old carded a tournament-low 4-under 68 at The Dunes at Kamloops Thursday and is at 9-under 279 through 72 holes, two shots in front of Australias Michael Curtain. Current U.S. Amateur runner-up Robert Hamilton is at 3-under 285.
Chad Belbin, who played on the Tour last season, is the top Canadian at 2-over 290.
With cloudy skies and showers again greeting the early groups Thursday, Omelia didnt let the conditions affect him and now finds himself in the hunt to be the Q-School Medallist.
Of course I would like to win, but the goal still is to get my card, admitted Omelia. Ill go out and hit the best shots I can, and see what happens from there. I wont back off Friday, but at least I dont have to force the issue. Hopefully I can make a flight to Michigan (for next weeks Bay Mills Open) after my round.
Paired with Hamilton and Curtain for the second consecutive day, Omelia sensed the trio was all business Thursday, which helped him keep his game in focus.
It is a lot of fun to play with those guys, you know we are all serious and there is a definite professional atmosphere. No one is messing around out there. I work on playing my own game, but you cant help but fall into a rhythm with playing partners like that.
After an emotional weekend at The Masters in which he played with the legendary Arnold Palmer in Palmers final round at Augusta, Hamilton finds himself looking for his first professional card.
While still listed as an amateur, Hamilton will turn professional if he does the expected and earns Canadian Tour privileges Friday. Should he grab his card, Hamilton would join former U.S. amateur stars Hank Kuehne, Jeff Quinney, Steve Scott and James Driscoll for the remainder of the Tour campaign.
I know those guys pretty well, so it will be a lot of fun to go out and play with them to see if I can elevate my game, he said. Its been tough to sit around and basically just play golf with my buddies, so it will be exciting to get back into tournament mode.
To play in The Masters was big enough - to play with Arnold Palmer is an honor, to play with him in his final round made it even more special. It was a great way to wind up an amateur career and is something I will always remember.
Fourth Round ScoresOmelia, BryanVan Nuys, CA72-69-70-68 - 279-9
Curtain, MichaelAustralia70-71-69-71 - 281-7
Hamilton, RobertCarmichael, CA73-71-69-72 - 285-3
Correa, LarrySan Diego, CA73-75-69-69 - 286-2
Forsman, JohanDenver, CO74-70-70-72 - 286-2
Belbin, ChadKamloops, BC77-72-70-71 - 2902
Wood, JeffFortuna, CA69-76-75-70 - 2902
Yamanaka, MotoNorwalk, CA73-71-71-76 - 2913
Snelling, JustinBoise, ID 74-75-73-70 - 2924
Carr, DaveSacremento, CA71-75-78-69 - 2935
Davey, SteveTallahassee, FL78-69-73-73 - 2935
Brunson, DanielGreenville, SC73-72-77-72 - 2946
Fisher, JasonBakersfield, CA77-75-74-68 - 2946
Gentry, BrianTahoe City, CA75-73-72-74 - 2946
Scaletta, PaulRichmond, VA73-77-72-73 - 2957
Stinson, KyleEdmonton, AB72-75-72-76 - 2957
Buttar, BlairLeduc, AB76-79-70-71 - 2968
Corrigan, MarkCornwall, PEI72-73-79-72 - 2968
Fukushima, KentGrande Prairie, AB72-73-80-71 - 2968
Valentin, JeromeMission Viejo, CA73-74-76-73 - 2968
Bensel, KenBelligham, WA74-74-77-72 - 2979
Burns, GordToronto, ON74-77-72-74 - 2979
Bykowski, ColinKelowna, B.C.73-78-73-73 - 2979
Nelson, BirkPhilomath, OR77-74-77-70 - 29810
Petryk, LarrySmoky Lake, AB74-73-78-73 - 29810
Serna, AntonioMexico75-71-75-77 - 29810
Gibbs, JonathonBoise, ID72-73-75-79 - 29911
Havens, DavidCharlottesville, VA78-74-70-77 - 29911
Risdon, DustinStrathmore, AB72-77-75-75 - 29911
Brown, MichaelGrenelefe, FL81-73-71-75 - 30012
Goma, ShinichiCoquitlam, B.C.75-74-80-71 - 30012
Knowles, RaganAurora, CO72-77-75-76 - 30012
Yoshitake, MasaVictoria, B.C.73-74-77-76 - 30012
Dawson, PhilipShinyle Springs, CA75-73-76-77 - 30113
Flugstad, BrianKenmore, WA72-78-72-79 - 30113
Jacques, RyanDexter, MO74-78-71-78 - 30113
Kureluk, JamieCalgary, AB73-75-79-74 - 30113
Williams, MikeAntelope, CA76-73-78-74 - 30113
Chubb, MatthewToronto, ON76-78-78-70 - 30214
Aga, MattLoveland, CO76-79-71-77 - 30315
Karr, JimJupiter, FL76-77-79-71 - 30315
Wright, SteveNanaimo, B.C.81-72-76-75 - 30416
Arps, JarrodAustralia78-75-77-75 - 30517
Hayashi, NoryJapan77-75-76-77 - 30517
Moore, MichaelMississauga, ON78-77-74-76 - 30517
Hong, ChangKorea75-77-78-76 - 30618
Takase, AtsushiNorthridge, CA77-78-78-73 - 30618
Nitta, DaisukeJapan75-77-80-75 - 30719
Hall, RichardEngland78-79-76-75 - 30820
Reid, ScottConover, NC84-75-76-73 - 30820
Bach, TedSundre, AB77-80-76-79 - 31224
Kubo, ShoheiNew Zealand82-78-80-72 - 31224
Park, PedroNew Zealand79-77-78-78 - 31224
Webb, MikeEagle, ID81-81-78-72 - 31224
Hague, RyanVernon, B.C.80-78-77-78 - 31325
Yoo, RichardKorea79-75-82-77 - 31325
Hogan, PatIndianopolis, IN80-74-84-79 - 31729
Berthiaume, Marc-AndreMontreal, QC80-76-84-79 - 31931
Douglas, RobStratford, ON84-79-77-83 - 32335
Michals, JayHouston, TX81-80-82-80 - 32335
Patrick, DarylCalgary, AB84-82-79-78 - 32335
Missed Cut
Mignone, MarkMission Viejo, CA85-85-78-77 - 32537
Crumb, JeffOliver, B.C.84-81-87-75 - 32739
Danbom, JeffMilford, IA86-85-84-76 - 33143
Duru, PaschalNigeria82-83-82-84 - 33143
Harding, TySanta Clara, CA88-80-85-78 - 33143
Douglas, DarriekBermuda87-88-79-79 - 33345