Territory Classic endures first round delays

May 05, 2023

The first round of The Territory Classic has finally concluded and the week is off to a hot start. Round One lasted over the span of close two full days and the players experienced weather that the APT Tour has yet to see this season.

In operation since 1994, the APT, a subsidiary of K&G Sports LLC., partners with local non-profits to conduct professional golf tournaments in the mid-south region of the U.S. In addition to raising thousands of dollars each year for charity, these events provide an avenue for professional golfers to hone their skills while preparing for a life on the

PGA Tour.

With constant stop and start delays, the players found themselves battling ever changing course conditions. The morning wave found themselves starting off with heavy rain, pushing back starting tee times by four hours. Luckily, the sun made an appearance late in the afternoon, and it turned out to be a beautiful day on the course at the Territory Golf and Country Club. Unfortunately with the weather delays in the morning, the afternoon wave was fighting daylight and play was suspended at 8:15 p.m. with the final group still having 14 holes left to play, resuming this morning.

Andrew Loupe (Baton Rouge, LA) finished the first round at the top firing an impressive 9 under par 63, one shot away from tying up the course record. With eight birdies and an eagle on his round one scorecard, Loupe heads into round two this afternoon with a 5-shot lead.

The APT also hosted a pre-qualifying event in conjunction with the Northern Texas PGA for the PGA TOUR’S AT&T Byron Nelson during the morning wave of round one, which concluded yesterday. Taking the top 6 and ties, we had 64 guys fighting for a chance to play in the qualifier. The following players secured the chance to do just that: Andy Lopez, Tyson Reeder, Luke Long, Tanner Napier, Taylor Bibbs, Brandon Smith, Kyle Wilshire, Fred Wedel, Brian Dwyer, Blake Brothers, and Matt Cole.

The second round will begin at 2:30 p.m. with players looking to get inside the cut line. Players will flip waves and starting holes. The cut will be made to the top 49 and ties. Entrance to The Territory Classic is free to the public.

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