ASU Sophomore Men's Golfer Chez Reavie In Public Links Final
July 13, 2001
San Antonio, Texas - American Walker Cup player Danny Green, 44, Jackson, Tenn., will face Arizona State Sun Devil Chez Reavie, a 19-year-old from Mesa, Ariz., in the final of the United States Amateur Public Links Championship at the 7,005-yard, par 71 Pecan Valley Golf Club on Saturdday.
Green beat another 19-year-old, Adam Fuchs, Plainview, N.Y., in Friday's semifinals, 2 up. Reavie defeated Alan Hill, 39, a local favorite from Spring Branch, Texas, 3 and 1, to also advance to the final.
The winner of Saturday's 36-hole final captures the national public links championship and an invitation to the 2002 Masters Tournament.
ASU has had two winners of the Public Links championship, as Billy Mayfair won the event in 1986 and John Jackson Jr. took home honors in 1969.
Reavie earned honorable mention All-American honors and played in 10 events in his rookie year and posted a 72.58 stroke average, including two top-10 finishes and an impressive NCAA finish. His top showing was at the NCAAs, as he posted a 7-under 281 (71-67-74-69) to finish tied for fourth, the second-best finish by an ASU freshman since Phil Mickelson won the title as a frosh in 1989. Only Darren Angel (tied for third in 1996) has had a better finish as a Sun Devil freshman in the past 12 seasons at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships. Reavie also played well at the Southwestern Amateur June 5-8 at SunRidge Canyon Golf Course. Reavie, coming off his NCAA Championship performance May 30-June 2 at Duke, shot a 1-under 283 (69-71-72-71) to finish second, five strokes back of medalist John R. Davis.
'I've been there and done that twice,' said Green, who has played in two Masters and was the 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion. 'The pressure is on the kid to see if he can handle it. I know I can.'
Reavie, whose biggest title is the 2001 Mesa City Amateur, said, 'I'm excited and tired at the same time. It hasn't kicked in yet. It makes you a little nervous to think you could be playing in the Masters next year.'
Green defeated Mark Farrell, Westport, Conn., in the morning quarterfinal round, 4 and 2, and Reavie beat Andrew Sanders, Merritt Island, Fla., 3 and 1.
Green is a self-taught golfer who was an All-America tennis player at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Chez Reavie, who is named for his grandfather, William Chesney Reavie, is also virtually self-taught. His father, Van Reavie, a low-handicap player, occasionally helps him with his swing. Reavie is a student at Arizona State University.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links is one of 13 national championships conducted by the United States Golf Association, of which ten are strictly for amateurs.
San Antonio, Texas - Results of the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at the 7,005-yard, par 71 Pecan Valley Golf Club.
QuarterfinalsChez Reavie, Mesa, Ariz. (144) df. Andrew Sanders, Merritt Island, Fla. (145), 3 and 1.
Alan Hill, Spring Branch, Texas (149) df. Matthew Kohn, So. Africa (150), 2 and 1
Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn. (147) df. Mark Farrell, Westport, Conn. (143), 4 and 2.
Adam Fuchs, Plainview, N.Y. (141) df. Greg Puga, Los Angeles, Calif. (147), 1 up.
SemifinalsChez Reavie, Mesa, Ariz. (144) df. Alan Hill, Spring Branch, Texas (149), 3 and 1.
Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn. (147) df. Adam Fuchs, Plainview, N.Y. (141), 2 up.