Aptos golfer Olson breaks through on Gateway Pro Tour

Golfer Eddie Olson finally broke through for a paycheck on the Gateway Pro Tour , but the Aptos High alum and former UNLV All-American was likely not very happy with his finish.

Olson stumbled home with a 4-over-par 76 in the final round. He had three birdies and seven bogeys. He finished with a 4-under-par 212 total after opening with 67 and carding 69 in the second round.

It was Olson’s first cut made in four events on the Arizona-based mini tour. He earned a $3,516 in tying for sixth place with Jason Allred, a former All-American at Pepperdine and Ashland, Ore., native, and Jarred Texter, a UNLV alum from Millerville, Pa.

Local golf fans may remember Allred from the Western Intercollegiate held annually at Pasatiempo Golf Club. He fired a 7-under 63 in the second round of the 2000 event, one of the lowest round in school history. Allred played on the PGA Tour in 2005 and ’08.

Scott Harrington, a Northwestern University alum from Eugene, Ore., won the Gateway’s fourth event of the season with a 10-under 206. He earned $16,000.

The Gateway Pro Tour has several alums now competing on the PGA Tour, including five who registered a top 10 finish at last week’s Phoenix Open — Martin Laird (-16),  J.B. Holmes (-15), Gary Woodland (-15), Tommy Gainey (-14) and Brandt Snedeker (-14).

Bubba Watson, Chez Reavie and William McGirt, who is paired with Soquel’s Nate Smith at this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, are also GPT alums.

The most well-recognized player currently on the GPT is Joel Kribel, a four-time All-American at Stanford University [1996-’99]. He last played a full slate on the PGA Tour in 2004, and competed at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am  in 2000 and from 2003-’08.

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