Andrew Loupe’s career as a professional golfer is off to a promising start.
The former LSU and Episcopal High standout fired a final-round 6-under par 65 Sunday to vault into second place in the Victoria Texas Open on the NGA Hooters Professional Tour.
The tournament was just the second professional start for Loupe, who completed his college eligibility with last month’s NCAA Championship.
“Overall, it was a good week,” Loupe said. “What I liked the most today was, it was bogey-free. I hadn’t done that in a while. It felt really good to play 18 holes without a blemish on the card.”
Loupe shot rounds of 70-66-68-65 to finish at 15 under 269 on the Victoria Country Club course after starting the day in a tie for fifth.
He finished five strokes back of winner Jeff Corr and one ahead of a tie for third at 14 under between James Vargas and Nick Rousey.
For his play, Loupe earned a check for $13,905.
“I didn’t win, but it was still that fight for second,” Loupe said. “I was trying to crawl back in it and put pressure on (Corr), but he didn’t waiver. He shot a 66.
“But it felt good down the stretch to have some nerves and hit some good iron shots and some good tee shots.”
A week earlier, Loupe competed in the Hooters Tour’s Texas Honing Open in Pearland, Texas, tying for 51st. He made $1,196.75 in his first start as a pro golfer.
Loupe made it through local qualifying in April to compete in the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans while still an amateur. Battling a badly sprained wrist, he shot rounds of 82 and 77 at TPC Louisiana to miss the cut.
Loupe said he will try to go through local qualifying later this week and early next week for the Viking Classic, the PGA Tour stop opposite the British Open, which will be played July 14-17 in Madison, Miss., just outside Jackson.
If he doesn’t qualify, Loupe said he plans to head to North Carolina and play in a pair of back-to-back Hooters Tour tournaments there.