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Purpose 2 Play: Patrick Reed goes all in to give junior golfers a chance to “make it”

August 23, 2018

By Kim Constantinesco, Purpose 2 Play

Long before PGA TOUR pro Patrick Reed, 28, became the 2018 Masters champion, you could have found him on the baseball diamond, where he’d tell you he was a power hitter and had “a mean fastball.”

But, as much as Reed enjoyed America’s favorite pastime, he was laser-focused on developing a swing of a different kind, and making it to golf’s highest level.

However, this Texas native’s rise in the sport wouldn’t have been possible without being steeped in the world of junior golf, specifically the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), a non-profit that grooms young men and young women as they pursue college golf scholarships, and as they navigate life as teens.

That’s why Reed has made it his mission to give back to the game that’s given so much to him.

Since 2014, he’s hosted a summer AJGA tournament near his home at The Woodlands Country Club in Texas. In 2018, the Insperity Invitational/Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship raised $165,000 — an all-time high for AJGA Open tournaments — and donated $140,000 to charity. In fact, over the years, his tournament has been honored eight times in categories like ‘Best Overall Open,’ ‘Top Charitable Giving’ and ‘Top Junior-Am,’ meaning the event has raised the most revenue, locally.

“Putting this event on each year makes me strive to play better,” Reed said. “To have my name associated with an event like this, and have a whole city come and support our event, I want to play well for all of them. And, I want to play well so young golfers have a chance, like I did, to make a name for themselves.”

But, beyond the numbers and awards, Reed realizes that junior golf can pave a pathway for youth to develop as human beings, first, and golfers, second.

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