Former Texas High and Baylor golfer Garrett May knows it will take a special performance to win this week’s 2020 APT Texarkana Children Charities Open.
The tournament record of 21-under-par appears to be in serious jeopardy based on Wednesday’s first round play. May played a bogey-free round with a 6-under-par 66, but that is only good for fifth place.
Four golfers posted 8-under rounds. Nick Voke of Ames, Ia. and Angelo Leyvani of Kissimmee, Fla., both shot 63 at Northridge Country Club where par is 71. Ryan Baca of Sugar Land, Texas, and Bullard’s Blake Elliott are tied with 64s at Texarkana Country Club, where par is 72.
May not intimidated by low scores
May is by no means intimidated by the competition.
“I think I’m just as good as those guys on the Korn Ferry Tour,” said May. “I haven’t been able to pick my schedule because of Covid-19. After being off for a while I want to play in everything that I can.
“It hasn’t helped having my PGA Latin America Card. Still, I’ve been hitting the ball well, and was confident coming into the tournament. I’m really comfortable on this golf course (Texarkana Country Club).”
May’s day started on the back nine. Birdies at 11, 12, 16 and 17 had him 4-under at the turn. There were a couple of missed opportunities, but then he also survived two bad tee shots to make birdie.
“My tee shot at sixteen was pretty much out of play — way right,” said May. “I hit a great second shot, and then got up and down for birdie. My tee shot at the par-five seventh hole was in the left woods. I was just looking to make par and get out of there.”
May’s 125-yard third shot stopped inches from the cup, where he tapped in for birdie.
Playing home course a mental challenge
While playing on his home course has to be an advantage, it’s also a mental challenge.
“It would be great to win here, but I’m trying to not put a lot of emphasis on it,” said May. “I’m looking at this week as just another tournament. Still, it’s home, and I have a lot of family out here watching me. Most people want me to do good, and they support me, but nobody is going to care if I play bad.”
Texarkana’s Zack Fischer posted a solid 1-under 71 at TCC. Former Pleasant Grove golfer Sean Romero started slow, but rallied to shoot 75.
Players switch courses Thursday when approximately two-thirds of the men’s field will be eliminated. The cut line will likely be around two or three under.