Bullard’s Blake Elliot two strokes off the lead at Texas State Open

Rough start puts Tony Romo near back of field
Romo said back problems kept him from warming up before his opening round.
Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 3:26 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Ryan Grider leads the 52nd Higginbotham Texas State Open by two shots over Bullard’s Blake Elliot.

Grider shot a bogey free 63, -7 round.

“Today was one of those days where I hit some bad shots, but I got away with them. I just need to try to minimize those going forward. I got off to a good start there [Hole 10] and stayed patient and made a few pars. I really got things going on the scorable holes on the back nine,” said Grider.

A two-put par finish on 18 for Elliot kept it a two stroke lead for Grider. Lufkin native Sam Fidone shot -1 to finish in a tie for 43rd after the first 18 holes.

Tony Romo found himself on the opposite end of the leaderboard. Romo said back problems kept him from warming up before his opening round at the Texas State Open.

Romo opened the day with bogeys on three of the first four holes he played. After his first nine holes he was seven over par. After making the turn it didn’t seem to be getting any better with Romo sitting at 10 over par through 12 holes of play. Romo would settle down and birdie three of his final five holes to move back to +7.

The field will be cut to the low 55 scores and ties after the second round Wednesday afternoon.

Round 2 pairings

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