ET Golf: Thompson, Alley hope to make cut at Texas Amateur
By from staff reports
June 15, 2017 at 11:12 p.m.
DALLAS — Brady Purdom carded a six-under 65 to hold a one-shot lead over William Osborne's 66 and two clear of Zander Lozano's 67 in Thursday's opening round play of the 108th Annual Texas Amateur at Lakewood Country Club.
A total of 20 golfers scored in the red numbers, while a half dozen shot par on the old course.
Spring Hill's Collin Thompson, playing in his second amateur, turned in a three-over 74 and is tied for 53rd, while Pine Tree product Bryce Alley, making his third showing at the prestigious tournament, carded a four-over 75 and is tied at 68th.
Both golfers are confident they can regroup and score well enough today to make the cut for the weekend.
"I hit the ball pretty good and chipped and putted well. But I left about five or six shots out there, easily. A couple tee shots were a little wayward. My driver and 3-wood kind of got the best of me today," said Thompson, who picked up birdies on the par-3 seventh and par-5 ninth.
"You got to really focus on your tee shots. If you miss a fairway, it's hard to control an approach shot to the green. I had a pretty steady front nine, but a couple putts on the back caught the hole and didn't drop."
Alley opened with a bird on the par-3 first hole and did same on the par-5 ninth. Putting, by his own admission, was the achilles on Thursday.
"I feel like I kind of ran out of gas. It was just a weird day for me. The putter felt terrible in my hands. I missed three putts around three feet and that doesn't help the confidence," Alley said. "I believe I can turn things around. I hit the ball well enough to shoot even or a couple under. I spent some time on the putting green afterwards and think I got some things worked out."
Alley goes off at 7:50 a.m. today, while Thompson tees it up at 12:40 p.m.