ET Golf: Pine Tree's Alley makes cut at Texas Amateur
From Staff Reports
June 16, 2017 at 11:46 p.m.
DALLAS — Getting to "moving day" can be gut-wrenching for a golfer. Pine Tree's Bryce Alley turned in a Friday morning score of three-under 68 to secure his spot in weekend play at the 108th Annual Texas Amateur at Lakewood Golf Course.
Alley's seven-stroke improvement from Thursday's opening round of 75 enabled the former UTSA linkster to vault all the way to a tie for 21st place. Brady Purdom continues to set the pace with a seven-under and a two shot lead of four-way logjam in second.
An early morning tee time proved most advantageous for Alley, who played the front nine bogey-free with three birdies and a sizzling 33 at the turn.
"I always like teeing off early. I like to go out there and get going. When I tee of late, it seems I'm doing a lot of waiting around," Alley said. "There was virtually no wind and the greens were perfect. All my strokes came from putting. I putted much better today than I did Thursday. There was much better rhythm to the round I thought."
It was almost a complete reversal for Alley after suffering six bogeys opening day, he managed to play the first 13 holes bogey-free before a slip-up on 14. He also doubled his birds with four on holes 1, 6, 8 and 17.
"I misread a putt on nine, or I might have had another birdie. The front nine was about as good as you could draw it up. I hit every fairway and missed only one or two greens," explained Alley. "It was pretty stress-free golf. I've kind of adjusted my goals a little bit. The goal is to give myself a chance to get in the top 10."
Collin Thompson's day didn't go quite as well. The former Spring Hill golfer struggled with his putter and carded a six-over 77, leaving him at +9 for the first two rounds and missing the cut.
"I played terrible today. Something was off. I couldn't quite control the golf ball like I wanted to. I was leaving shots out to the right. I had a lot of trouble hitting my target line," lamented Thompson, who endured six bogeys, a double and two birdies on the afternoon.
"On top of everything else, I didn't putt very well. I had about four three putts. Honestly, it was my iron game that hurt me the most. I had a good time, but I had a lot higher expectations and came up short again. That's kind of how golf is. It'll punch you in the gut. You just come back and get better. My best golf is ahead of me."