26 October 2015
Payne Stewart has also been an inspiration to me and I played on the No2 Course at Pinehurst where he won the US Open in 1999. He has inspired me to "Win humbly and lose gracefully" and so I was honored to play in the Payne Stewart Invitational in Branson Missouri. I so wanted to win this one but I placed 2nd with scores of 72-70 =142 (-2) just two shots back from the winning score. However I was proud and was thrilled to play in this event.
On the left is a picture of me when I was 9 years old next to Payne Stewarts Memorial Statue at Pinehurst Golf Club.
"Player of the Week" - 30 September 2015
I was awarded the Player of the Week on the 29 September for my achievements as a freshman for the low six rounds scored in the past two tournaments. The rounds consisted of 69-73-72 = 214 (-2) as well as rounds of 72-70-68 =210 (-3) thus playing my first two tournaments at -5 so far. This award followed shortly after the Great American Conference league awarded the Player of the Month to me. I am honored to receive the awards as there are many great players in all our sports at Arkansas Tech.
"Player of the Month" - September 2015
I was awarded Player of the Month by the Great American Conference league. I was most surprised but at the same time honoured as a freshman to achieve the award. The award was based on the following announced by the league
"Putting together back-to-back weeks of low scores that earned him a runner-up nod and a title, Arkansas Tech men's golfer Bryce Burke was named the Great American Conference Male Golfer of the Month, the league announced Wednesday. A freshman, Burke did not look like a collegiate newcomer in his first six rounds with the Wonder Boys."
Please see my news section for the full write up. Thank you to my coach and team for their continued support.
23 September 2015
My second tournament was held in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. This was the 17th Annual NSU Men's Golf Classic where 83 players from 16 universities competed. On Day one I recorded a round of 72 which left me five shots off the lead. I then played a solid round of 70 (-1) which moved me to 2nd place on Day 2 just three shots back going into the final day on the Par 71 Hillcrest Country Club.
I then played out of my socks on day 3 and played the first nine at 35 (E) and recorded 3 birdies and no drop shots for a -3 round of 33 on the second nine to finish on 68 for the day. This left me five shots clear of the second placed player and recorded my first win at University level. This helped my team to 3rd Place. I scored rounds of 72-70-68 = 210 (-3). Similar to the first tournament I recorded 14 birdies and only one double.
16 September 2015
I played in my first tournament for Arkansas Tech in the Great American Conference Championship in Oklahoma City. We travelled five hours by bus to Oklahoma City .This is my first year at University and as a freshman I played well to finish 2nd from a field of over 85 players and 16 colleges from various states. I scored rounds of 69-73-72 to finish on 214 (-2) and helped my team to third place.
I recorded 14 birdies in the three rounds and only one double bogey. I was proud to be part of the team and my team mates and coach have made my transition from a school player to University player an easy one.