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

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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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Adam “Pacman” Jones talks handicap, lowest score, shows off new clubs

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The trick-shot artist, golfing dynamo, and general internet phenomenon that is Matty sat down for a quick nine questions with veteran NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who plays to a 14 handicap.

Check out their conversation below.

Matty also took a peek at the fresh set of clubs in Jones’ bag. It looks like Matty, who is affiliated with Bridgestone Golf, has made sure the veteran cornerback has the company’s latest wares, including custom Tour B X-CB irons and custom KBS Tour shafts.

Hopefully, Matty will follow up with an Adam Jones WOTW (What’s on the Wrist). Holy Rolly, Pacman!

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Tweets of the Week: Best golf posts from Twitter over the last week

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Louis Oosthuizen cried tears of joy after winning the South African Open, while Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman triumphed at the QBE shootout. But those weren’t the only talking points over the last week in the golfing world. Here’s a look at some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere.

Uncanny Bubba Impression

He’s nailed impressions of Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley in the past, and now Jack Bartlett turned his talents to the mercurial Bubba Watson. The result is both hysterical and scarily impressive.

“Mud Ball!!”

Because the original “mud ball” moment is just as hilarious.

The Turf Chopper

A look into the future of golf on the fairways?

DeChambeau’s New Bag

Bryson showed off his slick new golf bag while in action last week. What do we think GolfWRXers?

Please Replace Divots

A squirrel at the QBE Shootout this week showing more etiquette on the course than some golfers do.

Open Championship Mania

An 11-year old’s mother showed just how much her boy enjoyed his experience at this year’s Open Championship…

…leading to The R&A and Open Championship combining to provide the kid with an experience that he will never forget.

 

 

 

 

 

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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 2. Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal

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In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part One of our Exploring Ireland series, we focused on County Wicklow and showcased Woodbrook Golf Club. Now it’s time for Part Two, and we’re taking a trip to the far northwest corner of the island, and into County Donegal.

While it may not be the most accessible destination, Donegal is an absolute must for anyone traveling to Ireland. Voted number one on The National Geographic Traveler’s ‘cool list’ for 2017, Donegal is like no place you’ve ever seen. Full of breathtaking beaches, incredible walking trails, cosy pubs and of course, excellent golf courses, you’re guaranteed to have a great time here.

Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal

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My pick for the top golf course to visit in the county is the Old Tom Morris Links, situated within the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort.

In 1891, while a guest of Lord Leitrim, Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews decided to visit Donegal, and in typical Tom Morris fashion, he believed that it was the ideal location to build a championship course. What Morris created was a course with wide rolling fairways and magnificent greens that have stood the test of time.

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The course was renovated twice before a new Strand Nine opened in 2009 which now plays as the front nine of the Old Tom Morris Links. The addition gives the course a wonderful mix of a traditional and modern links feel.

The challenging course plays over 6,900 yards from the back tees, and only offers up the relief of three par-fives. The challenge can also become even more daunting should the wind blow, and being situated along “The Wild Atlantic Way,” you should expect nothing less.

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While you will no doubt enjoy the stern test and the natural feel of the golf course, visitors will have even more to look forward to should they take the trip here. The course runs along Tramore beach overlooking Sheephaven Bay and offers up sensational views no matter what hole you are on during your round.

The rates to play 18 holes at the Old Tom Morris Links begin at $40 in winter, and $60 during the summer months.

Food & Drink – The Olde Glen Bar, Carrigart

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A 10-minute drive from the course will take you to The Olde Glen Bar a few minutes from Carrigart, which Ulster’s very own Hollywood star and golf fan Jamie Dornan (The Fall, 50 Shades of Grey) called the “best bar in the world.”

The bar first opened in 1768, making it one of the oldest bars in Donegal. The Olde Glen Bar has kept its very traditional feel, and when you get there, you will feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Wooden floors, big open-lit fires, low ceilings and door frames add to the charm of this little bar where there is always something going on.

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There is live traditional music playing in the bar every weekend, and along with the music, The Olde Glen Bar boasts an excellent craft beer, whiskey and gin selection. The bar prides itself on its Kinnegar beer, brewed just up the road, and it’s well worth a try if Guinness isn’t your thing.

The bar also features a highly acclaimed restaurant, offering up dishes such as seatrout, venison, supreme of chicken and plenty of other delights.

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Where To Stay

The obvious choice is the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort itself. This luxury establishment will cater to all your needs and is the ideal place to stay when in the area if you have the money to splash out. A classic double room will set you back around $200 a night, or you can go for the stay and play option which provides you with two nights bed, and breakfast along with a round of golf at both the Old Tom Morris and the Sandy Hills Links for around $300 per person.

If you’re looking for somewhere less expensive or more traditional, then there are plenty of cottages in the area that will add even more character to your adventure. Here’s what you can expect should you wish to stay in an Irish cottage in the area, and it will give you a feel for true Irish life out on the Atlantic Ocean.

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Donegal has lots to offer should you manage to pull yourself away from the course or the bar. Fishing, walking trails, surfing and scuba diving are all favorite activities to do while visiting Donegal. One must visit, however, is Glenveagh National Park, which is a nature reserve with beautiful scenery of mountains, lakes and woodlands. The highlight of the park though has to be Glenveagh Castle, built in 1870.

How To Get There

The lack of quality public transport in the area makes it a little trickier than other spots to get to, but if you’re driving, then there’s no issue at all. The Old Tom Morris Links is a 3 hrs 30mins drive from Dublin City Centre, 4hrs 10mins from Galway City Centre, and 1hr 15mins from Derry City Centre. If you happen to be flying into Donegal Airport, then it will take you around an hour to get to the area.

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