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Andy Ogletree reflects on first PGA Tour appearance

Andy Ogletree lines up a putt on the fifth hole during the final round at the 2019 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 4) in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019.
Andy Ogletree lines up a putt on the fifth hole during the final round at the 2019 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 4) in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019.(Chris Keane | USGA Museum)
Published: Jun. 15, 2020 at 4:06 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Little rock native Andy Ogletree didn’t look at competing in the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas as his first PGA Tour event.

“It was my first event back in three months, so I’m kind of looking at it that way, not really that it’s the first PGA Tour event under my belt,” Ogletree said. “I knew it was going to be hard having to get back into that competitive mindset when I’ve just been playing for fun with buddies the past three months.”

In the first two rounds of his PGA Tour debut, Ogletree shot 73-69, 2-over, missing Friday’s tournament cut. Ogletree was the only amateur competing in the tournament, keeping that status until he competes in the Masters in Nov. 12-15.

The Georgia Tech graduate reflected on his play through the first two rounds of the tournament.

“I think starting off the rounds I was in a really good place...very focused on what I was doing. You can see from my starts I was under par early both rounds and got off to good starts,” Ogletree said." I’m usually a slow starter so that was a positive to see a fast start. I guess the longevity of that focus is I’ve got to keep it longer, stay in it for every shot for 36 holes and then every shot for another 36 holes."

Ogletree wouldn’t hint at who he met during his time in Fort Worth but one big takeaway he had from the experience was how tight-knit players are on the Tour.

“A lot of really big names were super nice and told me they could help me any way they were asked to,” Ogletree shared. “The whole atmosphere of the PGA Tour is that it’s one big family. Everyone helps each other and knows each other...they would say ‘How’s your kids? How’s your wife?’ so I guess to be in that group now is cool.”

After finally getting to play competitively again, Ogletree will be greeted with more competitive golf over the next few weeks. He received an invitation to play at this week’s PGA Tour event at Hilton Head and at the Memorial Tournament on July 16.

Ogletree shared a goal he has for RBC Heritage is to place in the Top 30 in putting after finishing 120th in Fort Worth.

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