FORT MILL, S.C. – Josh Gallman continues to do things he's never done before. In just his second pro tournament at the Regent Park Golf Course, Gallman struck pay dirt on the par-3 198-yard hole No. 13 when the 2010 Academic All-American found the bottom of the cup from the tee for his first career hole-in-one.
Gallman, a native of Gaffney, S.C., finished with a 3-under par 68 on Wednesday afternoon to move into a tie for seventh at the Hooters Carolina Summer Series event after a 1-over-par 72 to start his tournament. He moves on to Thursday's final round six strokes behind the event's leaders, Little River's Patrick Lundy and Blythewood's Adam Hart.
After entering the day at 1-over-par, the All-A-Sun performer turned the corner at 3-under-par thanks to birdies on the par-5 No. 3 and the par 4-Nos. 5 and 8, to fall 2-under for the tournament. After posting three more pars to start the back nine, he stepped to the tee at the 198-yard No. 13 and he said he thought he overshot the green.
“It was crazy,” Gallman said. “When I first hit it, I had the wind in my face and I hit a four iron, I thought I hit it too good. I asked my partners where they thought it went and they thought it went over. I got up there and only saw one on the green, so I started to walk behind the green, thinking I overshot it. I brought my wedge up there. They looked in the hole and it was there. I had a little adrenaline rush, but I had to settle down and keep playing my round.”
After the hole-in-one, Gallman finished his round with four pars and a double bogey to finish the day at 2-under-par with a two-day score of 140.
“I played the next two holes pretty well, but missed a couple putts for birdie,” Gallman said. “On No. 17, I triple-putted for double bogey. My putter wasn't working for me today. I am going to get up there early tomorrow and work on that. Other than that, though, I had a good day.”
Gallman is not the only former Spartan to make some noise at the event, as Baxter Culler, a Hartsville, S.C., native and a 2009 graduate of Upstate, fired a second day 66 to move into a tie for 12th and make the cut at the event. Culler, after posting a bogey at the second hole, got hot, birdying six holes to finish his round, including connecting on three straight birdies from the 11th to 13th holes.
“I am staying at (2009 USC Upstate) Jamie Lightsey's house with Baxter and Michael (Lawrence),” Gallman said. “Baxter had a rough round yesterday, but he came out and shot a five-under today and made the cut. It was exciting for him.”
Michael Lawrence, a 2010 USC Upstate graduate from Easley, S.C., posted a first round 70, but missed the cut by three strokes after finishing four-over-par on Wednesday. Lawrence birdied the 15th and 16th holes, but couldn't get any more birdies to close in on the cut of even par.
Culler will lead off the Regent Park field in the final round of the tournament on Thursday when he tees off at 7:30 a.m. with fellow Hartsville native Paul Brown. Gallman will tee off at 7:48 a.m., with Tanner Ervin of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and Trey Bowling of Glasgow, Ky.