Clovis’ Reid qualifies for U.S. Public Links tourney

CNJ staff

EULESS, Texas — Clovis’ Travis Reid birdied the 18th hole for the second straight day and finished tied for first Tuesday in a U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifier tournament at Texas Star Golf Course.

Reid, a junior on the New Mexico State golf team, finished the two-day, 36-hole tournament at 2-under-par 140 and earned one of the tournament’s four spots in the Public Links national event July 9-13 at Wheaton, Ill.

Reid said his short game carried him in the tournament.

“I got up and down from everywhere,” Reid said.

Playing the first 12 holes in the rain, Reid was 1-under par. However, when the rain stopped, Reid bogeyed the next three holes.
“I tend to focus a little more when the weather’s bad,” Reid said.

Knowing he needed a birdie to tie the leader in the clubhouse, Reid hit a driver and 3-wood to about 30 feet from the green on the par-5, 570-yard hole.

His flop shot over a large mound on the front of the green stopped within a few feet of the hole, and Reid rolled in the birdie putt.

After two rounds of stroke play at the national event outside Chicago, the 156-man field with be cut to 64 for match play.

“I’m just hoping to make the cut and we’ll see what happens,” Reid said.

The winner gets invited to The Masters.

Reid qualified for the Junior Public Links tournament in 2004 but missed the cut.