TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Blake Elliot used six birdies to put himself into contention at the 50th Texas State Open.
After the first day of play the Bullard golfer remained in the top 5, shooting -5 to end the first day in 4th position. Grady Brame Jr is in the lead after the first 18 holes of competition with a -7.
“It was a slow start for me but I started hitting the irons good on the back nine,” Elliott said. “The course is tricky you have to play it a few times to get the reads on [the greens]. Knowing this golf course helped me a lot.”
Last year’s TSO winner, Kyle Pritchard, was in the group with Elliott. He had a rough start hitting +1 on the front nine but then roared on the back nine with four birdies to get to -3.
“It is good to play with good players,” Pritchard said. “When you are behind it is like a rabbit to chase. I Didn’t want Blake to beat that bad. Got it kind of closed but he still got me.”
After tomorrow’s round, a cut to the low 55 and ties will occur. Currently, 66 players are at even par or better.