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June 19, 2013

Hurley, Artman chasing their dream at Belmar

(Continued)

MOORE —

Artman and Hurley are hopeful.

“I finally feel like I have my game going,” Hurley said.

“I have very high expectations this week,” Artman said.

Hurley’s the older one, graduating in 2004. Injury slowed him, but he eventually found his way to Sam Houston State, graduating in 2009. 

Since, knee surgery has taken him off the course and into the workforce for portions of the last two years. 

He’s worked as a land man and he’s worked on his game and, right now, he’s got nothing but golf in front of him for the first time in a long time. 

“I liked (working),” Hurley said, “but this is what I really want to do.”

He’s coming off making the cut and finishing 3-under par at last week’s tour stop at Peoria Ridge in Miami, the — get ready, it’s a mouthful — Buffalo Run Prairie Moon Casinos Classic.

His 34th place finish was worth $948, or about $150 less than it cost him to enter.

Artman finished up at North in 2007 before spending a year at Northeastern in Tonkowa. From there, he transferred to Oklahoma City University, where he sat out a year before playing three more years of varsity golf. Last year, finishing up his degree, he moonlighted as an assistant coach to OCU’s golf team.

He also dabbled in the Adams Tour, making four of six cuts despite having his attention spread in many directions.

“Finally golf is the only thing in my life for maybe the first time in my life,” he said. “I’m looking forward to not having anything else on my plate.”

Listening to Artman talk about hit, it’s clear he’s not just talking about it. He’s feeling it.

“I want it so bad,” he said. “I’m working harder than I ever have before.”

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