Bulletin Staff Report

Former Brownwood golfer Jeremy Alcorn sits in a tie for seventh place at the Gateway Tour’s DFW Series Tournament One. The event is Alcorn’s first as a professional.

Alcorn, who played golf for Baylor as a collegian, was the tournament’s first round leader after shooting an 8-under par 64 at The Links at Waterchase course, which is located in Fort Worth. Following a 1-over par 73 in the second round, Alcorn is tied with two other golfers at 7-under overall. The tournament leader, Steve Bowditch, is currently 13-under par.

The third and final round will be played today.

According to its Web site, the Gateway Tour was founded in August of 2001 by former Arizona State All-American golfer Chris Stutts to help aspiring PGA Tour golfers fine-tune their skills in a competitive golf environment.

Growing from a 14-tournament tour that paid out $2.4 million in its first year, the Gateway Tour has turned into a 59-tournament tour that paid out over $7.2 million in 2006, including the season-ending $370,000 Sydney Frank Memorial Tour Championship.

Former Gateway Tour members include 2005 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Sean O’Hair, PGA Tour winners Notah Begay and J.B. Holmes, Joey Snyder III, Kevin Stadler, Charley Hoffman, Bubba Watson and Ty Tryon.

Nine former Gateway Tour players from the 2006 Nationwide Tour earned their 2007 PGA Tour cards as well.

Alcorn won five individual titles at Baylor and earned All-American honors in 2005.