AUSTIN, Texas — Waubeeka Golf Links head professional Erik Tiele's inspiring run came to a disappointing end on Friday in second round of the Senior PGA National Championship at the Barton Creek Resort.
Tiele, who qualified for the national tournament with a dramatic victory in the Northeast New York PGA Section's Senior Professional Championship in July, struggled to an 87 on Friday to finish near the bottom of the field and miss the 36-hole cut with a 167 total.
The 50-year-old closed his opening round on Thursday well, shooting a solid 36 after a first nine of 44, but he was unable to take any momentum from that into Friday's round.
Tiele was 3 over through eight holes on the Fazio Foothills course when disaster struck in the form of an 8 on the par-3 ninth hole that resulted in an opening 44. Tiele, whose only birdie came on the par-5 fifth hole, suffered a double bogey and triple bogey on the back nine.
While Tiele had hoped for a better outcome, his comeback story has inspired many in the Berkshire County golfing family. The victory at the Edison Club (N.Y.) that earned him a spot in the national tournament was stunning. Tiele, on some of the first meaningful holes he has played in recent years, needed 36 holes and then eight playoff holes to prevail.
That would be an accomplishment for anyone, but it is a next-level achievement for a man who has had his ankle reconstructed and then lost 160 pounds to set himself up for a hip transplant he eventually received in January of this year.
Meanhile, California pro Chad Sorrenson shot a sizzling 7-under par 63 on the Coore-Crenshaw course to take the 36-hole lead with an 11-under 131 total. The 36-hole cut to the low 90 and ties was expected to be 2-over par.