Clawing his way from three strokes down, Clovis High senior Travis Reid survived a bogey on the final hole to win a U.S. Junior Amateur qualifying tournament Tuesday at La Paloma Golf Course in Amarillo.
The victory earns him a trip to the national event next month in San Francisco.
Reid said he felt he was overdue to win a national tournament qualifier.
“I’ve come close before,” Reid said. “It feels good to finally break through.”
Reid’s 36-hole total of 1-over-par 143 was good enough to earn the only qualifying spot in a 12-player field. Reid, who captured the Class 5A state title this spring, shot a 2-under 69 over the final 18 holes, including a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 17 that gave him the lead for good.
Reid’s playing partner, Texan Davis Duval, finished second by a stoke. Duval also bogeyed the 36th hole after a miraculous par save on the previous hole.
Reid was cruising along at 1-under par through the first 14 holes before hitting his tee shot out-of-bounds on No. 15. Three putts on the final two holes left Reid at 74 for the first 18 holes and three strokes behind Duval.
The U.S. Junior Amateur will be held at Olympic Country Club, site of four U.S. Opens. The tournament starts with 36 holes of stroke play before the 156-player field is trimmed to 64 for match play.