Allred even par in return to Nationwide

BROUSSARD, La. — Jason Allred has continued his stellar play of late as he resurrects his professional golf career.

The former Ashland High standout made it into this week's Nationwide Tour event, the Chitimacha Louisiana Open, through Monday qualifying and was even par through 15 holes when Thursday's first round was postponed due to darkness.

Allred, who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., and turns 30 in 11/2 weeks, double bogeyed his first hole of the day, the par-4 10th, then finished the back nine with eight straight pars before making birdies on his 10th and 12th holes.

He is in a tie for 52nd place entering today's resumption of play.

John Riegger finished his round with a 5-under total to take the clubhouse lead.

Allred played well in two Gateway Tour events in Arizona prior to qualifying here. On Monday, he was one of 12 players out of 240 to shoot 67 or better at two venues.

Allred turned in an 8-under 64 at Squirrel Run, second only to Sean Murphy's 63 among the dozen to advance.

On the Gateway Tour, Allred won the loop's richest event this year on March 12, capturing the Papago tournament in a playoff and pocketing $20,000. He was 11 under for 54 holes.

A week later, he was 12 under and tied for fifth place in the Trilogy tournament with a 54-hole score of 12 under.

Allred, who turned pro in 2002 after graduating from Pepperdine University, has earned more than $550,000 on the PGA and Nationwide Tours.

He played predominantly on the PGA Tour in 2005 and '08 and mostly on the Nationwide Tour in '06 and '07.

Allred had no status on either tour last year and took much of it off, in part because he and his wife, Kimberly, became parents for the first time in late 2008.

Allred played in one PGA and one Nationwide tournament in 2009. He tied for 45th in the PGA's Sony Open and tied for 36th in the Nationwide's South Georgia Classic.

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