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Reeves takes Tennessee Junor Amateur
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (July 12, 2012) -- Ben Reeves of Knoxville is the 49th Annual Tennessee Junior Amateur Champion. Coming into the day with a two shot lead over fellow Knoxville native Stuart Thomas, Reeves kept his composure all day to card a 2-over par 74.

Play began with rain and ended the same. After a 45 minute rain delay at 11:30am play resumed at 12:30pm. The skies parted and a glimpse of sunshine fell upon Chattanooga’s Black Creek Club. At 3:55pm the second rain delay came into town and all but the final two group were in the clubhouse.

After a 25 minute delay, the final two groups resumed, and Reeves finished in style. With a daunting 60 foot downhill put on the par 5 eighteenth hole, Reeves calmly lagged the ball two feet short. After knocking in the par putt, Reeves 69-66-74-209 total claimed the championship by a single stroke over Peyton Sliger of Maryville. Knoxville’s Jack Smith and Stuart Thomas finished in a tie for third at 4-under par 212.

The rains continued to fall on day two of the 49th Annual Tennessee Junior Amateur Championship. After round 1 had to be suspended due to dangerous thunderstorms on Tuesday, half of the 72 player field had to return Wednesday morning to resume play at 8:00am. Round 2 got underway without a hitch and Black Creek Club of Chattanooga has produced a 36 hole leader who refuses to let the elements get the best of him. Been Reeves of Knoxville followed up his first round 69 with a 6-under par 66 on Wednesday. Reeves 36 hole score of 9-under par 135 leads fellow Knoxville native Stuart Thomas by 2 strokes heading into Thursday’s final round. Three players are tied at 5-under par 139. Round 3 gets under way at 8:00am EDT Thursday morning.

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ABOUT THE Tennessee Junior Amateur

54 hole stroke play championship. Applications are open to male junior amateurs who (1) have a parent/ legal guardian who is a resident of the state of Tennessee or (2) possess an active USGA/GHIN Handicap Index from a TGA member club or course. Amateurs must meet the USGA definition of an amateur golfer. Junior Amateurs must have not reached their 19th birthday and have not yet begun classes as a full time college student.

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