Jeremy Alcorn, who played golf for Brownwood High School and Baylor University, shot a final-round 2-over par 74 to finish tied for 15th at his first professional tournament Friday. His three round score of 211 (5-under par) was good enough to earn $1,725.
Alcorn was one of 66 players to compete in the first tournament of The Gateway Tour’s new series, the DFW Series, held at The Links at Waterchase in Fort Worth. Alcorn was the first round leader after opening with an 8-under par 64. He was one of 24 players to make the cut after 36 holes.
“It was nice to play really well in the first round, to get into good position to make the cut,” Alcorn said after the tournament.
Alcorn said he really didn’t approach the tournament differently than he had others and that any jitters faded within a few holes.
“The most pressure was Wednesday. The first couple of holes, it was kind of a different feeling. I hadn’t played for anything in about a year. Once the round got going, though, there was no more pressure than normal,” he said. “I tried to approach it the same as I always have.”
Competing against players who have played at PGA Tour events, and in the case of Stuart Deane, made the cut at this year’s EDS Byron Nelson Championship, was not a distraction for Alcorn. In fact, he finished two shots ahead of Deane.
“We’re all out there playing the best we possibly can,” he said. “Wherever you play, there’s going to be a strong field. We all know that we can play with anyone else in the world on any given day.”
To be eligible for final round play, the 24 players survived a cut line of 3-under par. Colby Beckstrom won the event with a score of 16-under par.
“There’s no doubt these guys came out this week with their games ready,” DFW Tournament Director Matt Brost said on the Tour’s Web site. “I’m very pleased with how the week has shaped up with all of the anticipation for the Series to begin. We’re going to have an extremely competitive series without a doubt.”
The DFW Series has 12 tournaments scheduled around the Metroplex throughout the summer and early fall. In addition to those, there will be a Mid-Summer Championship, to be held at Waterchase, as well as a season-ending Tour Championship scheduled for Oct. 1-4 at The Legacy Golf Club in Norwalk, Iowa.
The next DFW Series tournament will be played June 4-8 at Thorntree Country Club in De Soto. Alcorn said he plans to play in that event — and all the DFW series events.
“I probably won’t do a whole lot of playing. Saturday and Sunday I’ll practice mainly, work on my short game and putting,” he said.
Despite hoping for a better finish, Alcorn said there are positives he can take from his first pro tournament.
“I’ll take out of it that I played really well in the first round,” he said. “I made the cut. I need to play well for the entire tournament.”
The Gateway Tour also holds events in the Phoenix, Ariz. area and West Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.