Still on Top

Former Coloradan Tom Kalinowski remains tied for the lead in a PGA Tour Champions Q-school first-stage tournament

By Gary Baines – 11/17/2021

Former Durango resident Tom Kalinowski shot a bogey-free 3-under-par 68 and remained tied for the lead after Wednesday’s second round of the first stage of PGA Tour Champions Q-school in Nipton, Calif., south of Las Vegas.

Kalinowski, the 1993 Rocky Mountain Open champion, has carded one bogey through 36 holes of the four-round event. He stands at 8-under 134 overall at Primm Valley.

Also tied for the top spot — as was the case after round 1 — is Mark Walker.

The tournament, one of three first-stage of Champions Q-school events being held this fall, will continue through Friday. 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.

Harry Rudolph, winner of the last two CoBank Colorado Senior Opens, moved into a tie for seventh place in Nipton as a 67 left him at 138 overall. Rudolph made seven birdies and three bogeys on Wednesday.

Another two-time CSO champ, Greg Bruckner, is also in the top 15 as he’s tied for 12th place at 139 after going 70-69.

Bob Kalinowski, Tom’s brother and a former University of Colorado standout, improved to 26th place following a second-round 70 that included four birdies, a bogey and a double bogey.

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

1. Former Durango resident Tom Kalinowski 66-68–134

26. Former Durango resident Bob Kalinowski 73-70–143

For all the scores from Nipton, CLICK HERE.