Both plan to be tour regulars the rest of the season — six more tournaments — before going on to Q-school, where some dreams come true, others are crushed and many more are put on hold.
Almost everybody on the Adams Tour has benefactors, though Artman is at least a momentary rare exception. Right now his backing is coming from his family. His plan is one often considered, but rarely executed.
“I plan on making some money here pretty soon and paying my own way,” he said. “I’m kind of counting on letting my game do the talking.”
If Artman feels the pressure to produce, he’s not alone. A few are playing with their own money, others are playing with others’ money. Everybody’s on the clock.
Nobody wants to be a mini-tour veteran.
Artman and Hurley may know the course better than everybody. Also, they might be feeling more than the usual cut-throat pressure that can’t be escaped living a mini-tour life.
“You try to go one shot at at time,” Hurley said. “There’s a little more pressure because you’re playing at home, so you really have to try to stay in the moment.”
It begins today and ends Saturday. The cut’s Thursday.
Hurley’s moment begins at 8:40 a.m. on the 10th tee. Artman’s begins at 12:40 p.m. on the 10th tee.
It’s a busy week.
There’s a national championship at the OU course and great baseball at area diamonds. Over at Belmar, they’re playing for their lives.
A couple of locals, who’ll take all the support they can get, hope to lead the way.
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