In addition to the memory of his mother, Wynne, and withdrawn sectional medalist Del De Windt II, Greg Reynolds also must thank Butch Harmon following his USGA Senior Amateur victory.
Reynolds received a lesson from Harmon about a week before the U.S. Mid-Amateur, where he was beaten Sept. 24 in the third round by John Pate (brother of PGA Tour veteran Steve Pate). That same day, Reynolds received word he had made the field for the Senior event.
Harmon and Reynolds have worked together five times, and spent the day correcting knee slide and excessive body action in Reynolds’ swing.
“Sometimes this week I did it (braced my left knee) really well, but sometimes I reverted back to my old habits,” said Reynolds. “So he probably won’t be that impressed with me.”
Uncle Sam in action: About the only thing out of character with Timuquana’s natural tranquility were the scores of F18 fighter jets and reconnaissance helicopters that regularly buzzed by. While the course sits on the banks of the St. John’s River, it also borders the Jacksonville Naval Air Station.
It didn’t seem to bother the players, however, and as one club member remarked: “You get used to it pretty quick. Plus, it makes you feel safe!”
Short shots: Vinny Giles’ quest for his first Senior Amateur title goes on. Giles, who finished runner-up three times at the U.S. Amateur before winning in 1972, made it to the quarterfinals before getting knocked off by Curt Madson, 2 and 1. Giles is ranked No. 1 in the Golfweek/Titleist Senior Amateur rankings (Rankings, p68). . . . Mike Riley, father of PGA Tour winner Chris Riley, also performed well. Playing in his sixth USGA event, the 57-year-old from San Diego was defeated in the second round of match play by eventual champion Reynolds, 2 up. . . . The Timuquana Country Club course setup was met with rave reviews by the players, many of whom hoped the event would return one day. The course was designed by Donald Ross in 1923.
– Mike Mazur