NORMAN — There will be one Norman entry playing the final two rounds of the OK Kids Korral Championship, the Adams Pro Tour event that still has two days remaining for its 72-hole stay at Belmar Golf Club.
J.R. Hurley, the 2004 Norman North graduate, not to mention the 2005 Norman Transcript City champion, fired a stunning 66 to get himself within nine strokes of leader Andrew Yun and in a tie for 25th place after 36 holes.
The stunning part was how it happened: eventually and lightning quick.
Hurley actually birdied his first hole, No. 10, yet bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 left him 4-over par for the tournament after 27 holes.
And, after failing to make birdie on the short par 4 second hole, he was in a bind with only seven holes to work with.
That was when he turned around and made birdie at Nos. 3,4,6,7 and 9.
“I kind of had the mentality that I was due,” Hurley said of his approach entering the tournament. “I felt like I was playing well.”
Now he has a round to show for it.
It is the third cut Hurley has made on the Adams Tour. A land man for Blue Star Land Services, his real life bosses have been amenable to a schedule that allows him to continue chasing his golfing dream.
Hurley said he’s recently been receiving tutelage from a new coach, Stephen Aumock, who runs a golf academy near Dallas, and feels his game is improving.
“He’s done a lot of good things with my swing and with the mental game,” Hurley said, “and it’s paying off.”
One other Norman prep product was in the field, though Taylor Artman, also out of Norman North, will fail to make the cut once the second round is completed this morning after following up a Wednesday 73 with a Thursday 75.
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