TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The 2019 Texas State Open got underway Tuesday at the Cascades Country Club golf course in Tyler, where golfers looked to make a name for themselves on tour. One competitor in specific already brought quite a bit of fame with him.
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was part of the first groups to tee-off Tuesday morning. Romo got off to a bit of a slow start, starting the day with a bogey and falling behind in the first few holes.
“It played difficult, just in the morning, just heavy air, the ball wasn’t traveling quite as far,” Romo explained. “The wind picked up a little bit, but it was a good test of golf. The greens are in great shape. There’s a lot of Par 4′s that you’ve got to get a good drive... made a good iron in. I hit pretty good today, it was a good start.”
As the day moved on, Romo got a little more comfortable with his game, which allowed him to get a little more aggressive in his approach.
“In the morning, I was a little tentative, just without having played the course much. And then I attacked, I guess you could say, a little more, and it helped on the backside for me,” Romo said.
Romo finished the day shooting one-under par, leaving him tied for 33rd in the standings.
It was not hard to find Romo on the course. Romo had about 50 fans following him through out the day.
“It’s huge," Josh West said. "You don’t have to see Tony. You just see everyone and you will find him.”
Not everyone in attendance is a golf fan but know that Romo brings something exciting to the event in Tyler.
“It is amazing," Cascades resident Yvette Leihgeber said. "I think it is great for the Cascades.”
Romo was appreciative of all the support he has received.
“It is wonderful," Romo said. "Just having people from Tyler coming out. Gave them a few putts to cheer for. It was amazing.”
To keep up with the live leader board, you can visit the 2019 Texas State Open website for access to the championship leaderboard.