Reid qualifies for U.S. Amateur golf

CNJ staff

Clovis’ Travis Reid has qualified for the U.S. Amateur golf tournament in San Francisco later this month by winning a sectional tournament over the weekend in Mansfield, Texas.

The 2005 Clovis High graduate shot a 36-hole score of 5-under-par 137 to win the event by one stroke. The top two finishers in each of 78 sectionals advance to the national event, scheduled for Aug. 20-26 at the Junior Olympic Club.

Reid, who will be a junior at New Mexico State in the fall, said he played the Junior Olympic Club course several years ago in the U.S. Junior Amateur.

“I’ve seen the course, so I feel like I have an advantage,” he said.

Reid said the field will be pared to 64 by stroke play on the first two days of the tournament. Match play follows, with the first three days scheduled for The Golf Channel and the final two days (quarterfinals, semifinals and finals) on NBC.

Reid said he thinks he has a chance to get to match play.

“I think my golf game has kept improving,” he said. “I like my chances of making the cut (to match play). When you get to match play, you just see what happens.”

Reid recently won Championship Flight and finished third overall in the Desert Sun Classic in Roswell. He shot a final-round 66 and had the lead briefly before finishing with a 54-hole score of 11-under 202, two shots behind winner Dan Koesters.

It was his third year competing in the event.

“I won the whole thing last year, and I won my flight the year before that,” Reid said. “It’s just a fun little tournament.”

Reid will miss the first couple of days of school because of the U.S. Amateur. He said he thinks the NMSU squad should be improved from a year ago.

“We actually look good,” he said. “I think we’re going to do a lot better this year. Last year, we didn’t do all that great, but we’ve got a couple of good new players coming in.”