The 2018 Masters Champion, Patrick Reed has some strong local ties. Reed played college golf at Augusta University, which was then Augusta State. Reed helped lead the men’s golf team to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2010 and 2011.
Forest Hills Golf Course near Wrightsboro Rd in Augusta was Reed’s home turf in college. His time spent on the Forrest Hills course helped shape him into the pro he is today and now he has a Green Jacket.
On Monday, NewsChannel 6’s Ashley Osborne talked to AU’s current director of Golf and men’s coach, Jack O’Keefe. He did not coach Reed, but says he was cheering for him on Sunday.
“To win in Augusta having gone to school there, first major, I mean, it couldn’t be any better!” says Coach O’Keefe.
Part of why Coach O’Keefe was routing for the AU alum is because what it means for his program. “It just shows that we have the facilities here at Augusta University to produce great players.”
Coach O’Keefe says Reed’s aggressive style of golf helped lead him to his first major win.
“He’s fearless,” Coach O’Keefe says about Reed. “Even against Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth and Ricky Fowler and John Rahm so some of the best players in the world were trying to catch him and he just played fearless golf over the weekend and came out on top.”
There are mixed feelings about Reed’s Masters victory. The 26-year-old golfer’s past is scattered with reports of shady activity. He was removed from the University of Georgia golf team and suspended from the Augusta State Golf team temporarily. Multiple polls have him listed as one of the most disliked players on the PGA Tour.
We posted our own informal poll on the NewsChannel 6 Facebook page asking if you are happy about Reed’s Masters win. Results are split with 51% voting “yes” and 49% voting “no.”
We talked to some golfers who say they are not fans of Patrick Reed because they say he seems arrogant. However, another golf fan we talked to says he was cheering for the man with local ties despite his reputation.
“A lot of people think he doesn’t have a good attitude,” explains Munro Lortie. “I mean he went to the same school as I did. You gotta route for an alum and it’s his first major win so why not route for a guy and give him a chance to win instead of a guy that’s won two three times. I like to give the underdog a chance.”
Sports writers, talk show hosts and golf fans are talking about their perception of Patrick Reed after his first Major win on Sunday. One of the points brought up multiple times in Reed’s defense is that many golf fans did not like a young Tiger Woods because of his fiery antics. Yet, patrons flocked in droves to see him tee off in his Masters return last week.