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Patrick Reed’s little-known, big-time support of junior golf



Not surprisingly (or perhaps surprisingly), the scribes have dredged up plenty about Patrick Reed’s past and family situation following his Masters win.

Thanks to feedback from the GolfWRX community, we know this isn’t something our audience really cares about. That said, in the interest of painting a fuller portrait of the complicated Mr. Reed, we’re presenting this morsel.

Jim Nugent of Global Golf Post spoke with AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin about Reed, who it turns out, is a big supporter of junior golf in general and the AJGA in particular.

“The Patrick Reed I know is supremely confident in his abilities, is unafraid of the biggest stage, is a devoted husband to his wife, Justine, is a loving and proud father of two children, and is a generous supporter of junior golf,” Nugent said.

Reed grew up playing AJGA events, and he has been keen to give back to the golf association since turning pro. The reigning Masters champ has sponsored an AJGA event since 2014. Additionally, he funds a $100,000 ACE Grant Endowment, which provides assistance to junior golfers in the Houston area.

Reed, who proudly displays AJGA bag tags bearing his children’s names on his staff bag, personally funds the entire AJGA bag tag program, according to Hamblin.

More than mere ornaments, the tags on players bags are color-coded based on a player’s high school graduation year, which lets college coaches know who they can talk to based on NCAA recruiting rules. In other words, they’re essential to the AJGA’s reason for being: getting members college golf scholarships and playing opportunities.

Reed earned seven top-10 finishes during his tenure of AJGA competition. He won the 2005 True Temper/David Gossett Junior Championship and was a member of the East Team at the 2006 Wyndham Cup. He also won the 2006 Junior Open Championship.



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  1. Russell

    Apr 17, 2018 at 8:38 am

    In 2017, the Quail Hollow PGA event was moved to Wilmington, NC; I went down to watch the pros on the range during a practice round. The pros were about 20 yards from the spectator fencing hitting balls. I was there for about 2-3 hours. During that time Patrick Reed was the only pro who after practicing walked back to the fence and walked the entire length of the fence signing autographs. Not one other pro did this. Patrick was friendly and the kids loved it. Not knowing his past, it really made an impression on me and I know he picked up some new fans that day.

  2. Jose Pro Se

    Apr 16, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    I see no reason to speculate about his family business.

    Everything we know about him as a professional athlete is outstanding on and off course.

    Any questionable behavior seems to be well behind him. I’m rooting for him.

  3. Smail

    Apr 16, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    He da man

  4. Do the right thing

    Apr 16, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    AJGA is not a cheap series. I wonder how Patrick funded his junior career and golf development in general. Parents, perhaps?

    He might be in the spotlight now but family is forever.

    • carl

      Apr 17, 2018 at 8:20 am

      his parents didnt fund him. he just stole from his friends and teammates.

    • Better Than Most Golf

      Apr 18, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      Are you close to Patrick or his family? If not, it doesn’t matter what you think because Patrick’s issues with his family are HIS issues. He may have a perfectly legitimate reason for not speaking to his family. By all accounts his father was especially hard on him. Even his college teammates who didn’t like him spoke to that.

      So why don’t you cut him some slack. You’re right in that family is forever but sometimes your family is the one you choose, not the one you were born with.

    • jkarain

      Apr 21, 2018 at 12:03 am

      I had 4 kids in traveling sports at the same time, try that one! I never have felt my children owe me a thing. Furthermore, isn’t that the job of a good parent! Everyone knows you can’t choose your family. But you can certainly choose who to share it with.

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Check out these limited-edition Ryder Cup Adidas Tour360 shoes



Here are GolfWRX, we love our Ryder Cup swag. Gianni brought you news of the U.S. squad’s apparel and some goodies from Puma last week. Today, we have more Ryder Cup-related gear news for fans of golf’s most storied team competition: Adidas is launching a limited edition Tour360 to commemorate the showdown at Le Golf National.

Available Sept. 24, the shoes draw their inspiration from the famed Ryder Cup trophy. The 10-cleated TPU outsole is designed to look like the wood grain finish at the trophy’s base, and the TPU top plate is shiny and gold like the trophy itself.

While the exterior of the shoe is the same whether your support the United States or Europe, the fortunate souls who snag a pair of the limited-edition shoes will be able to choose their preferred sockliner. One features the American flag and the final scores from every Ryder Cup since 1979, the other, the European flag.

“We know how much the Ryder Cup means to fans all over the world,” said Masun Denison, global footwear director, adidas Golf. “It’s the most competitive event in golf, and brings out a level of emotion that you don’t normally see in the sport. Possession of the Ryder Cup trophy is what both of these teams and fans are after, so we looked to it for inspiration.”

The shoes (MSRP $220) will come with a limited-edition shoe bag and will only available online at

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Rope hat fans, rejoice: Titleist’s Tour Rope Flat Bill is here



The rope hat is having something of a moment, isn’t it? As the mesh trucker fades to the periphery and the outer recesses of hipsterdom where it belongs, the good old-fashioned cotton rope snapback is stepping up to fill the void in vintage-inspired headwear.

Titleist is getting into the rope hat game with its Tour Rope Flat Bill, worn perhaps most prominently by Cameron Smith recently, but seen adorning the heads of Adam Scott, Jason Kokrak, and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Check ’em out.

The Tour Rope Flat Bill is available on Titleist’s website for $30 now in black/white, navy/white, and white/hunter green colorways.


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GolfWRX Members analyze (and roast) Cosmo Kramer’s golf swing



Kramer Hickok’s win last week on the Tour brought to mind the greatest golfing Kramer of them all: Cosmo Kramer, of course.

Jerry Seinfield’s singular “hipster doofus” next-door neighbor flirted with the great game on occasion, if you recall: Beating ball into the Atlantic (which ultimately factors into George’s great “marine biologist” ruse), Stan the Caddie, playing Westchester, and a handful of other angles.

It’s during the “Marine Biologist” episode that we get a look at Cosmo’s action, and it is something to behold. The fluidity of Snead, here, folks.

We asked our GolfWRX members to fire up their V1 and give us their best breakdown of Kramer’s “driver off the beach” swing. Here are some of the best replies.

BewareTheGlowball writes

“On takeaway the hands get a little too close to the body, which would lead to a tendency to move over the top on the downswing. In this case however, Kramer makes a great move to put the club back on path from the top of his swing. Nearing impact his weight shifts backwards, which he owns and holds it like it was a classic swing of old…Better than about 75% of swings on the driving range when I go out.”

D1bound says: “Looks like he had a seizure.”

Getair23 says: “It’s so bad, he can’t even hit the ocean from the beach!”

ThunderBuzzworth says

“Horizontal takeaway equals more space for that flying elbow and massive hip turn. Then notice his transition and how he violently thrusts his upper body backwards into a silky smooth back-snap finishing with ALL his weight on his rear leg. Considering he is on the beach… take notes on the unorthodox ground impact location which happens to be 10 inches behind the ball to dramatically reduce spin.”

PowderedToastMan knows his Seinfeld: “That swing has the power to kill a whale, literally.”

Nony noke does as well: “Almost as good as Larry David’s swing. Preeettty, preeeettty good.”

And Gioguy21: “Kramer’s reverse C finish is simply poetic – if only he had the man hands necessary to release properly.”

And DavePelz4: “He’s not the Master of his Domain…or his swing.”

ZAP may have the most concise and spot-on breakdown.

“Stack and realaaaaaaaaaaalllllllly tilt.”

Thanks for the analysis, GolfWRX Members! And if anyone else would like to chime in on Cosmo’s club swinging motion, please do. Also, if there’s another swing from the big or small screen you’d like to see scrutinized, let us know.

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