Cody Blick shared the lead through the first round of the USA West Qualifying school for the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada; now it is all his through 36 holes.
The Californian turned in a 69 (-3) on Wednesday to take the lead by two strokes in his home state over two others who also come from The Golden State. Both John Chin and Colin Featherstone sit at -6 total, in the shadow of Blick’s -8 that was built heavily on his opening 67.
Blick, 22, is a recent college graduate and despite his lead is focussed more on the conclusion of the 72-hole event.
“We’re only halfway there, so it’s the same thing as the first two rounds; I’m going to pick out targets, swing at ‘em and whatever happens happens. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and I’m expecting gusty, high winds, so we’ll see,” said Blick.
With the sun just rising on his professional career, Blick said he was embracing the transition from college and learning the nuances of the professional game.
“It’s different. In college, if you lose by four shots in a tournament, you’re still in fifth. If you’re four back of the lead in a professional event, you’re 30th. Every shot is 10 guys, so every shot really matters,” said Blick.
Just thirteen players are under par after the second round, which was played under building winds. The current cut off for any status (40th plus ties) falls at +5.
Three Canadians fall within that number – Andrew Ledger of Toronto (t-11), Jae Yong Kim of North York (t-18) and Austin Connelly of Texas/Nova Scotia (t-28).