Gallman 5th At Southern Open On eGolf Tour
Kannapolis, N.C. – Former USC Upstate golfer and Gaffney, S.C., native Josh Gallman shot his second straight 66 in the third round of the Southern Open on the eGolf Tour and stands 10-under-par and in a tie for fifth-place heading into Saturday's final round.
Gallman has continued a summer of firsts after graduating from Upstate in May. He turned pro in late-May and won his professional debut at the River Falls event on the Carolina Mountain Tour. He has since won two more events on the tour. He made the cut and finished seventh in his first event on the Hooters Carolina Summer Series Tour. Now, he has made the cut playing in his first tournament on the eGolf Tour and will finish in the money with a chance at another tournament win. He has won three tournaments and claimed five top 10 finishes in all five pro tournaments prior to the Southern Open.
Gallman made the cut at the Southern Open after turning in rounds of 71 and 66. He opened with an even-par 71 on Wednesday, playing on the 7,099-yard course at the Club at Irish Creek. He posted three birdies and three bogeys in the round. He moved over to the 6,609-yard Warrior Golf Club for Thursday's round and went low, firing a 5-under-par 66. He went out in three-under 32 and made three birdies and a bogey on the back nine to shoot 66 and move into a tie for 17th.
Gallman made his big move in Friday's third round, returning to the Club at Irish Creek and improving his position on the leaderboard by 12 spots. He was error-free, finishing the round with five birdies and no bogeys to shoot his second-straight 66 of the tournament. He opened the round with five straight pars before recording back-to-back birdies on the sixth and seventh holes. He also birdied the ninth hole to go out, once again, with a three-under 32. He made six straight pars on the back nine before recording birdie on the 16th and 17th holes to move to 5-under for the round.
Todd Murphy shot a 66 Friday and stands atop the leaderboard at 14-under-par. He leads by a stroke over Martin Ureta, whose brother Ben was a standout men's tennis player at Upstate, at 13-under. Jhared Hack is third at -12 and is followed by Matt Mincer at -11. Gallman is tied for fifth at 10-under with Derek Fathauer and Matt Hendrix.
The eGolf Tour is based out of Charlotte, N.C., and conducts tournaments within a four-hour dive of the "Queen City" with stops as far south as Savannah, Ga., and as far north as Charlottesville, Va. The tour is designed to prepare golfers for the PGA Q-School in the fall. The tour pays the Q-School entry fee for the top 20 golfers on the eGolf money list at the end of the year. Last year, Scott Brown, who played collegiately against Upstate at USC Aiken, finished atop the money list with $142,362 in earnings.