UT Arlington golfers Zack Fisher, Bobby Massa seek to make Nelson cut

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Zack Fischer and Bobby Massa are the centerpieces of what UT Arlington has produced in recent golf success.

Both completed first rounds of the HP Byron Nelson with marginal results. But neither shot himself out of the tournament.

Fischer, with a 3-over 73, has been the player on fire of late, earning a qualifying spot in the past three open PGA Tour events.

“I’m not totally sure what the difference is from Monday to Thursday, but I hit a shot today that would have been a yard out of the fairway in a Monday qualifier,” he said. “Today that shot wound up in the water and I made double bogey.”

Fischer doesn’t have status on the tour, so he had to pass through pre-qualifying last week just to get into the Monday qualifier.

He’s played a few events on the Tight Lies Tour as well as the Hooters Tour this season.

Massa also made it through two stages of qualifying and struggled to a 75 in his PGA Tour debut.

Zack Reeves is the only other former UTA alum to play in a regular PGA Tour event.

Regrouping

Strolling through the range to warm up for the first round Thursday was blast from the past for Hank Kuehne.

Carrying his bag, in a reunion of sorts, was brother and investment strategist Trip Kuehne.

Trip Kuehne was on the job for Hank during his run to the 1998 U.S. Amateur championship.

A former SMU standout, Hank Kuehne was once identified by Tiger Woods as the only player who could outdrive him.

Kuehne has two events remaining on a major medical extension in which he has to earn $608,879 to return to full tour playing privileges.

His last full year of exempt status was 2007, when he played three events before seeking a doctor’s help for chronic back pain.

So far Kuehne has made three cuts in four starts and has earned $48,046 in 2013. Thursday, he rallied with two birdies on the back nine to shoot 71.

“I’ve been hitting it well and just looking forward to getting out here again.” he said.

MLB sighting

Shawn Stefani played his first round Thursday then rushed off to Rangers Ballpark to catch Yu Darvish and Justin Verlander.

The significance being twofold since Major League Baseball signed an endorsement deal with Stefani that will unfold over a couple of seasons according to Stefan’s agent, Dave Parker.

He’ll have the MLB logo on his bag as well as work in various apparel options.

Stefani, who shot 75 Thursday, and Verlander also are friends .

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