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Former Middle Tennessee golfer Kent Bulle has accomplished a first for former Blue Raider golfers.

With a 2-over 72 Friday in the second round of The 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, Bulle became the first former MT golfer to make the cut at a major tournament. He’s even for the championship and tied for 10th overall following a 2-under 68 in the first round Thursday.

It was off the tee box where he did a lot of damage through the first two rounds. He’s currently leading the players who made the cut with an average driving distance of 316 yards, and his 336-yard smash on the par-5 15th hole is the longest of the tournament so far.

Bulle, who’s tied with nine other players six shots back of leader Jordan Spieth (6 under), has a conditional exemption on the Web.com Tour. The Open is the second PGA Tour event he’s competed in after failing to make the cut at the 2016 U.S. Open.

The former Blue Raider has experienced success both on the Web.com Tour and the PGA Tour Latinoamérica. He’s made over $74,000 in 36 events on the Web.com and over $163,000 on the Latinoamérica in 30 events with two victories.

In 13 events on the Web.com Tour this year, Bulle has made the cut nine times and finished in the top 25 twice. He’s currently 96th on the tour’s money list and ranks 15th in driving distance at 317.9 yards per attempt.

He recently competed in the Nashville Golf Open Benefiting the Snedeker Foundation at the Nashville Golf and Athletic Club from June 29-July 2, finishing even par and tied for 64th in front of his hometown fans.

At Middle Tennessee, Bulle competed from 2006-2010. He was a 2008 NCAA Championships participant, in which the Blue Raiders finished 15th, and currently holds the three-round school record of 203. His 65 one-round score at the Jaguar Intercollegiate in the fall of 2009 is tied for the second-best round in MT history.

Bulle tees off for his first ever PGA Tour Saturday round at 8:45 a.m. Central with Swedish golfer Alex Noren.

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