US-based amateur golfer Kieran Vincent put himself in a solid position at the ongoing PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Tournament after moving to within two shots of the lead at the tournament’s halfway point at The Club at Weston Hills in Florida on Wednesday.
Vincent was three strokes better in the second round than he was in the first, tying for the low score of the day with his 4-under 68 during windy conditions.
He will head into moving day on five-under par in a two-way tie for second position and just two shots off the lead held by American Benjamin Shipp.
The Liberty University senior plans to turn pro following his school’s NCAA season.
“I think being any kind of under (-par) out here is really good. The course is playing difficult with the wind out there, so this is good,” observed Vincent following his round.
Zimbabwe’s Kieran Vincent explains why he’s in great position. Two pretty clean scorecards did it for the @LibertyGolf amateur. pic.twitter.com/35LO0AcbBn
— PGA TOUR Canada (@PGATOURCanada) February 16, 2022
A highlight for Vincent was a birdie from over 10 meters he rolled in on number eight, his final birdie on the front side of the Tour Course.
Vincent will be aiming to finish strongly and earn status on the PGA TOUR Canada which would move him a step closer towards realising his dream of playing on the US PGA Tour.
🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦 during Round 2️⃣ of the @PGATOURCanada Q School event has moved Kieran Vincent near the ⬆️ of the leaderboard.
Vincent is in great position heading into the "weekend." pic.twitter.com/7n0uH1ueNv
— Liberty Golf (@LibertyGolf) February 16, 2022
Players who qualify for PGA TOUR Canada and then finish in the top five on the Points List earn Korn Ferry Tour status for the following year. The Korn Ferry Tour is the feeder tour to the US PGA Tour.
Kieran is the younger brother of former PGA TOUR Canada player Scott Vincent, who won twice on the Japan Golf Tour last season.
The elder Vincent, a 2022 Olympian, representing Zimbabwe at the Tokyo Summer Games, saw action in 20 PGA TOUR Canada tournaments between 2015 and 2017, his best performance a fifth-place showing at the Bayview Place DC Payments Open.
At the Olympics, Scott Vincent tied for 16th, going 67-66-67 over his final 54 holes at Kasumigaseki Golf Club.