Patrick Reed: Amateur golf’s ‘road warrior’
Friday, July 23, 2010
Since winning all three of his matches at the NCAA Championship at The Honors Course and leading Augusta State to its first Division I national title, Patrick Reed has become amateur golf’s leading “road warrior.”
Reed, who transferred to Augusta State from Georgia this past season, has been up and down the eastern United States. And his feet, nor the tires on his mom’s 2004 Saab Aero, have yet to leave the ground.
“I’ve driven everywhere,” said Reed, who will be a junior at Augusta State this fall. “The Saab gets great gas mileage, but I think I may need to change the oil real soon.”
Reed figures in the past six weeks he’s put 3,158 miles on the odometer – and that was before his latest jaunt from his Augusta, Ga., home to Columbus, Ohio.
Following the NCAA, Reed left Chattanooga and drove to Johnstown, Pa., for the Sunnehanna Amateur, where he tied for seventh. From there, he headed to Hershey, Pa., to try to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Public Links, which he did.
After that he was northbound to Rhode Island for the Northeast Amateur, where he tied for 28th. He then headed south, stopping again in Hershey to spend the night with some friends before driving to Greensboro, N.C., to play a practice round at Bryan Park, site of this year’s U.S. Public Links.
Needing some clean clothes, Reed, a semifinalist at the 2008 U.S. Amateur and 2009 Western Amateur, went back Augusta, Ga., said a quick hello to mom (Jeanette) and dad (Bill) and was back on the road to North Carolina. This time it was to Pinehurst for the North & South Amateur, where he lost in the second round to eventual champion Donald Constable.
Then it was back home again for a short stay and then off to Bluffton, S.C., for the Players Amateur where he tied for 16th.
No sooner had he finished the Players, he was making the five-hour drive that Sunday evening for Greensboro, N.C., where he had an 8 a.m. Monday tee time in the first round of stroke play qualifying for the APL.
He then went from Greensboro to Augusta for another clothes change and quick turnaround. He was quickly back on the road, making an 11-hour drive to Columbus, Ohio, where he is playing this week on a sponsor exemption in the Nationwide Tour event.
He planned to drive back home after that, then quickly go to Chicago for the Western Amateur.
“I think I’ll be flying to Chicago,” Reed said with a laugh. “I do love to drive, but I think I’m ready to get airborne and let someone else do the driving.”
Besides, there’s that oil change that mom and dad have to get.