Scottie Scheffler's first pro tournament filled with good memories

Scottie Scheffler

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Highland Park's Scottie Scheffler, 17, finished the HP Byron Nelson Championship at 4-under-par on May 18, 2014. It was his first professional tournament.

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on May 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM

IRVING — Highland Park golfer Scottie Scheffler finished his first pro tournament at the HP Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday and called it an experience he will never forget.

"It was very, very fun," Scheffler said. "I had a lot of fun this week. It was good."

The 17-year-old had rounds of 71, 68, 69 and 68 to finish 4-under-par for the tournament.

"It's been a good experience for me to take forward with my game and everything," he said. "It gives me a little bid of confidence. It gives me some stuff I can work on, fine tuning. Each day, I felt there was a little bit wrong with the way I was playing."

Scheffler will take with him lots of memories, but Saturday's third round will stick out the most. That's when he had a hole-in-one on the second hole.

"The hole-in-one is something I'll never forget," he said.

Scheffler said he didn't have to buy any drinks, which is tradition among golfers

"No one asked me for any drinks. “Coming up 17 and 18, there were a lot of people and having all my friends to come out and watch was really cool."

Scheffler will not get ready for final exams at Highland Park High School. He said graduation ceremonies will take place in two weeks.

Scheffler also said his second pro tournament will be at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis starting June 5, one week before the U.S. Open. He'll try to qualify for the U.S. Open next week.

Because he's an amateur, Scheffler will not be able take advantage of the money he earned by playing in the tournament.

"Jordan [Spieth] told me that I'd be mad when I get down to [the University of Texas at] Austin next year and don't have any money," Scheffler said. "I guess I'll be mad then. I'm not too upset right now."

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