IRVING -- Former ACU all-America golfer Alex Carpenter shot a 2-over-par 72 Thursday in the first round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship at the TPC Four Seasons Resort.
Carpenter -- playing in his second PGA Tour tournament after debuting in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in 2011 -- is part of a large contingent of the field that shot 72 on Thursday. Also tied for 89th with Carpenter are such familiar names as Ricky Barnes and Robert Allenby.
Carpenter started his day with a double-bogey on No. 1 and a bogey on No. 2 to find himself at 3-over-par after just two holes. But he quickly rebounded with birdies on the par-4 fourth and the par-3 fifth to get back to 1-over. A bogey on the par-4 eighth hole left him at 2-over-par at the turn.
A bogey at the par-4 12th moved him to 3-over-par, but then he birdied the par 4 15th hole to get back to 2-over-par. On 16 he had a chance to get to 1-over-par, but he three-putted from inside five feet for a bogey on the par-5 hole, falling back to 3-over-par. But he rebounded on 17, draining a 40-foot bomb for birdie to move back to 2-over-par. He had a chance to finish with another birdie on 18, but barely missed a 25-foot putt that would have given him that birdie.
Carpenter will tee off at 9 a.m. Friday for his second round, starting on the 10th hole and playing with Brooks Keopka and Tim Wilkinson.
Chad Campbell -- the brother of ACU head golf coach Mike Campbell -- had a solid day as he fired a 1-under-par 69 and finds himself four shots off the pace set by first-day leader Peter Hanson, who shot a 5-under-par 65 on Thursday.
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