In Strong Position

Former Coloradan Tom Kalinowski, 2-time Colorado Senior Open champ Harry Rudolph in top 5 in PGA Tour Champions Q-school first-stage tournament

By Gary Baines – 11/18/2021

Former Durango resident Tom Kalinowski dropped out of the lead — but just barely — and Harry Rudolph, winner of the last two CoBank Colorado Senior Opens, moved into the top five after Thursday’s third round of the first stage of PGA Tour Champions Q-school in Nipton, Calif., south of Las Vegas.

Kalinowski eagled the second hole at Primm Valley and added four birdies and three bogeys en route to shooting his second straight 3-under-par 68. That leaves the former Fort Lewis College golfer at 11-under 202 and two behind leader Brian Cooper heading into Friday’s final round.

Kalinowski, winner of the 1993 Rocky Mountain Open, has competed in six PGA Tour events and 100 Korn Ferry tournaments in his career.

The tournament in Nipton is one of three first-stage of Champions Q-school events being held this fall. It’s expected that at least the top 17 finishers will advance to the final stage of Champions Q-school, set for Dec. 7-10 in Lutz, Fla. There, the top five performers will be exempt on the Champions circuit in 2022.

Rudolph jumped into a tie for fourth place on Thursday with a seven-birdie 66 that came a day after he fired a 67. He stands at 9-under 204. Another two-time CSO winner, Greg Bruckner, is tied for 17th place at 210 following a third-round 71.

Bob Kalinowski, a former University of Colorado golfer and Tom’s brother, stands in 22nd place at 212 after carding a 69 on Thursday.

Here are the round-by-round scores for players with strong Colorado ties:

2. Former Durango resident Tom Kalinowski 66-68-68–202

22. Former Durango resident Bob Kalinowski 73-70-69—212

For all the scores from Nipton, CLICK HERE.