Kulacz in the driver’s seat at Capricorn
Friday, 27 July 2012
After losing his opening tee shot of the tournament on Thursday, Rick Kulacz has turned it all around and will take a one shot lead into the weekend of the Pat O’Driscoll Real Estate/Tropical Auto Group Golf Classic.
Kulacz opened yesterday with a two under par 70 around the championship course, before finding form around the Resort course today resulting in a seven under par 65. Kulacz sits out in front on nine under, one shot ahead of Peter Wilson who was victorious last week in Rockhampton. Steven Jeffress sits in outright third two shots behind Kulacz, while Michael Wright and Brent McCullough find themselves in a tie for fourth a further shot back. Overnight leader Andrew Martin couldn’t replicate his opening round 66 to find himself in a share for sixth four shots behind Kulacz.
Kulacz who is a former winner of the Brunei Open and the Selengor Masters on the Asian Tour, wasn’t all that optimistic about his chances after his opening tee shot. “Golf can be a funny game sometimes. There was so many thoughts going through my mind after my opening tee shot yesterday, leading the event after two rounds was certainly not one of them. This is my first time to the Capricorn Resort and it’s great to find myself in the lead of this great event, especially with the strength of the field that we have playing. Conditions are meant to be ideal for scoring over the weekend, so I am looking forward to the final two rounds over the weekend”.
Unfortunately for local favourite Adam Blyth, a small error on his scorecard resulted in the ultimate penalty. After signing for 75, Blyth was on his way home before he realised that he had made a mistake on his scorecard. A five had been placed on his card rather than six on the 17th hole, resulting in Blyth being disqualified. It was a disappointing return considering he won the Capricorn Classic back in 2008 by a whopping 13 shots recording a tournament record low score of 28 under.
Although scoring has been more difficult around the two courses this year, two hole in one’s have been recorded during the opening two rounds on the Resort Course. Professional Paul Donahoo recorded an ace at the 202 metre par 3 fifth hole in his opening round, while Rod Hockey enjoyed a similar fate on the 177 metre par 3 third hole today.
Round three gets underway tomorrow morning at 6:40am with the leaders teeing off on the Resort Course at 12:30pm.