Van's Lockwood fires even par at Texas State Open

Published on Tuesday, 1 August 2017 19:46 - Written by

PAT WHEELER

Golf Correspondent

    DALLAS - It’s been said many times before - golf is a cruel game.

    After making birdie at the difficult ninth to make the turn in 3-under 33, Van’s Logan Lockwood bogeyed four of his last five holes to finish with an even par 70 during the first round of the Veritex Bank Texas State Open Tuesday at Trinity Forest Golf Club.

    Lockwood’s putter deserted him with two three-putts and a missed par putt of some five feet to account for three of the four bogeys.

    “I felt like I played pretty good today but struggled with the putter coming in,” Lockwood said. “There were some tough pins out there today.”

    Lockwood just completed his first year at Texas State University, actually reached 4-under par when he sank a long birdie putt on the long par-4 11th hole. He then made par on the next two holes before recording his first bogey on the par-5 14th when he encountered some bunker problems, landing in both a fairway trap and then a green side trap.

Following that first miscue, Lockwood three-putted the next hole, make par on the 16th and then failed to get up and down on the par-3 17th before recording yet another three-putt bogey on the final hole.

Lockwood finished in the top 25 at the Texas Amateur at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas earlier this summer. He sits tied for 37th after Tuesday’s round.

    Jumping out to a first-round lead in the 72-hole event was Kyle Jones of Snowflake, Arizona, with a 6-under 64. He is closely pursued by three Texans - Brax McCarthy and Joel Thelan of Fort Worth and Derek Oland of McKinney, all with 65s.

    Another East Texas amateur, Blake Elliot of Bullard, fired a 69 to sit in a tie for 24th. Elliot plays his college golf at McNeese State in Louisiana.

The low 55 and ties will survive a 36-hole cut to play the final two rounds.

    Trinity Forest is a much anticipated new course in Dallas that was built on a remediated land fill that is a joint venture of the City of Dallas, AT&T and Southern Methodist University. It was designed by Texas golf hall of famer Ben Crenshaw and his partner Bill Coore. It sits on the edge of the massive Great Trinity Forest near the Trinity River but is a links style course without any trees coming into play.

    The course opened last October and is set to host the AT&T Byron Nelson next May as well as college tournaments hosted by SMU.

Play in the Veritex Bank Texas State Open resumes Wednesday morning and is scheduled to conclude Friday afternoon.