Inside the ropes: Brad Dalke misses Valero Texas Open cut but thankful for opportunity

Brad Dalke

Inside the ropes: Brad Dalke misses Valero Texas Open cut but thankful for opportunity

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Inside the ropes: Brad Dalke misses Valero Texas Open cut but thankful for opportunity

Oklahoma freshman Brad Dalke, whose golf career has been covered by Golfweek since he committed to the Sooners at 12 years old, will make his PGA Tour debut this week at the Valero Texas Open. His coach/caddie Joey Wuertemberger and mother Kay Dalke will take turns documenting Dalke’s week at TPC San Antonio.

Here is the fifth – and final – installment, written by Kay Dalke.

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The cup is still half-full!

On Friday, Brad and the family got up early so Brad could finish the last 10 holes of the rain-delayed first round. He made a great two-putt to par No. 18 and then completed the front nine (his second nine), going on to finish his first round at 1 over and knowing he could make the cut if he played well in his next 18 holes.

But the tee shot was a struggle during that last 18. That shot is critical at TPC San Antonio. Slowly the dream was fading and it was a long afternoon. Brad had approximately 50 family and friends following him. The support for him was tremendous and we want to thank so many who came out.

The PGA of America became part of our family this week as they spent several days filming Brad and his PGA Tour debut. It was through this organization that Brad earned his exemption into the Valero Texas Open. We want to thank them so much for providing this opportunity to see what the professional tour is like behind the scenes.

Although Brad did not finish the tournament the way he had planned, he learned so much and knows that the PGA Tour is something he wants to be a part of someday. Also, a big thanks to Hunter Mahan, who played a practice round with Brad. He had so much great advice. Brad also played with Hudson Swafford before the tournament. He also had a lot to share with Brad. There are a lot of good guys on the Tour!

Brad played with Tom Hoge and David Mathis in his first two rounds. They treated Brad with total respect and were always encouraging. We are fans of these two now! Tom made the cut, so we will be cheering him on to finish well.

Our cup may actually be more than half-full! To have this opportunity and take away so much great advice from the best on Tour, it just leaves Brad and family eager to get started on the rest of the journey. Thanks for following!

– Kay

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