SILVIS (HOI) – After a +3 opening round on Thursday, East Peoria native David Perkins had an easy goal ahead of his second PGA Tour round on Friday: stay in the red and end the day underperforming. He achieved this goal by hitting a couple of birdies on the course and rolling a par putt on his final hole on his way to a -1 finish that day.
He may have missed the cut, but it’s been a dream week for the former East Peoria and Illinois State star and one thing he liked the most.
“Honestly, the whole family and the people who came out,” said David. “That was great. And simply the overall experience of playing a PGA Tour golf course with PGA Tour players and really seeing what it is like. It has always been a dream of mine and it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot this week. “
But not only David’s dream came true this week. He had many supporters with him who had dreamed of this day for David too, including some very proud parents.
“Well, we’ve always had that dream because it was his dream,” said David’s mother, Laureen. “And we just try to be his cheerleaders and support him through the ups and downs and we’re so proud of him.”
And David’s father said that achievement this week was due to his son’s work ethic. “
“He had to work for everything,” said Tony Perkins. “He’s worked really hard and deserves to be here, and it’s just the greatest honor in the world.”
The Beijing-born DA Points fired five birdies in his second round and scored a total of 12 birdies in the first two days, but he also missed the cut and finished the tournament with -1.