McAllister off to blazing start on former home course in Compliance Solutions Championship

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By Ken MacLeod

This time, a former Sooner is in the mix.

Logan McAllister of Oklahoma City fired an 8-under 64 to sit in a tie for second following the first round of the Compliance Solutions Championship at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course.

Thomas Walsh leads the tournament with a 9-under 63 while William Mouw, Pontus Nyholm, Jackson Suber, Tano Goya and John Pak also shot 8-under on an overcast, mostly calm day of exceedingly low scoring.

McAllister, the former OU star who has struggled coming in to the event with six consecutive missed cuts, got off to a scintillating start with two birdies and an eagle in his first five holes. He capped the round with a birdie pitch from rough in front of the green on the short par-4 18th (the 10th hole for member play). The ball flew in the cup on the fly and McAllister estimated it would have gone 15 feet past the hole had he not dunked it.

McAllister qualified for and played in the U.S. Open last week, playing a practice round on Sunday with Tiger Woods and shooting even-par in the opening round before missing the cut after shooting 9-over in the second round.

“I think I did a good job just keeping it in front of me,” McAllister said “Maybe missed three fairways. The greens are pretty soft, but just coming out of the rough is just difficult enough that it’s harder to make birdies, so I was playing from the fairway pretty much all day. And then I played the par 5s really well minus No. 17. All in all, it was a good day and excited to see a good start.”

McAllister and most of the players with Oklahoma ties missed the cut in this event last year and now that the word is out that it will be moving to The Patriot in Owasso beginning in 2025 they are hoping to make the most of this opportunity.

“Yeah, obviously last year, as you said, was disappointin,” he said. “.When you come back here, you feel like you have an advantage and there’s really one event a year that I have an advantage, to be honest with you, just because I’ve obviously played this golf course a lot. I felt like I did a good job kind of taking advantage of that advantage today, so hopefully we can keep that going the rest of the week.”

After birdies at holes 1 and 3, McAllister hit driver off the fairway on the par-5 fifth hole but came up 50 yards short. He pitched that in for eagle to get to 5-under through five. He added birdies on holes 8, 12 and 13, that one using an 8-iron from 175 yards out in a fairway bunker to about 3 feet. He made all pars after that until the final pitch.

Many of the others with state affiliations put themselves in postion to make the cut but only with strong rounds Friday as the cut could come as low as 6-under.

Former Oklahoma State Cowboys Morgan Hoffmann and Kris Ventura each shot 5-under. A pair of former Sooners in Max McGreevy and Patrick Welch are at 4-under. Shooting 3-under were former Edmond North star Robert Streb, former Cowboy Bo Van Pelt of Tulsa, former Cowboy Brendon Jelley and former Sooner Blaine Hale Jr. At 2-under are former Sooner Quade Cummins, former Tulsan Tag Ridings and former Cowboy Zack Bauchou. Needing Friday heroics are former Sooners Grant Hirschman at 1-under, Garett Reband at even par and Rhein Gibson of Edmond at 1-over.

There are 75 golfers at 3-under or better.


 

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