BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Professional golfers are an elite group. It's not easy to become a member on the PGA Tour and likewise, trying to make it on the PGA Tour Champions circuit is not.an easy nut to crack.
The top five scores from the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Qualifying round at Diamondhead on Tuesday would punch their ticket to Fallen Oak on Friday.
Guy Boros gave it his best shot, but missed out following a 2-under 70 on the Pine Course. Joe Daley didn't make the cut. He fired an even par 72. Trevor Dodds had his troubles and closed out his 18 holes with a 3-over 75,
Scott Parel made the cut. The Pontiac, Michigan native started his PGA career in 1996 out of the University of Georgia. He shot a 6-under 66. Parel secure one of the five spots.
"For some reason I seem to be playing well on Monday and Tuesday now., "stated Parel. "So, It is a grind. You have to have an attitude you've got to be pretty aggressive and try to make as many birdies as you can make."
Parel has PGA career earnings of more than $692,000 and says he watched the 2015 Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic won by David Frost.
"I saw the tournament last year and 10-under won. So, guys play pretty well on this tour. If you're only 10-under and it's the winning score, you've got to have some tough holes on Fallen Oak, "said Parel.
Patrick Burke, shown here talking with former WLOX news anchor Jeff Lawson, led the field. Burke, a teaching pro in Southern California, fired an 8-under 64.
"Today was mostly putting, "said Burke. "Made a lot of putts today. Every opportunity I had I ended up making a good ten or twelve footers many times. I played here at Diamondhead on Sunday when I flew in from California. After all the rain and stuff, the amount of work that they did here, the greens were perfect."
Burke and others golfers were impressed with the Diamondhead Pine Course.with most saying the greens were perfect.
Besides Burke and Parel,Tim Thelen, Steen Tinning and Geoffrey Sisk earned a spot in Friday's Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
The first-round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic tees-off Friday morning at Fallen Oak.
Officials announced on Tuesday that due to the threat of severe inclement weather, Fallen Oak will be closed to the public on Thursday. It will be open for volunteers and participants of the C Spire Pro-Am. The Thursday morning tee times have been moved back three hours to start at 10:00 a.m. while the afternoon tee times remain the same. All groups will only play nine holes.