Amateur Reynolds wins rain-shortened Arkansas Open
Photo: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Photo: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Tyler Reynolds, a two-time Arkansas State Golf Association men's player of the year, became the fourth amateur to win the Arkansas Open which concluded Sunday at Burns Park Golf Course in North Little Rock.

Reynolds, who played collegiately at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, shot a 6-under 65 in soggy conditions to win the rain-shortened event by two strokes over Carson Roberts, while Nick Rousey and Damin Strydom tied for third at 3-under 68.

The 2019 Arkansas Amateur champion made three birdies in 13 holes before play was suspended on Saturday and collected two more birdies in his final three holes when play resumed on Sunday for a 6-under round of 65.

"I thought it (65) might get into a playoff, maybe win," Reynolds told Arkansas Online.com. "I thought the course was really soft, so that made it easier. I missed a lot of short putts. I think I could have shot 61." The 27-year-old Reynolds, who works as a sales representative in the beverage industry, became just the fourth amateur to win the event, joining Jim Balch in 1979, Chris Jenkins in 1997 and Wes McNulty in 2006.

"It is pretty cool to win a professional tournament as an amateur," Reynolds said. "That's what I take away from it."

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Stroke play championship for professionals and amateurs. Amateurs can play with the professionals in the Open Division (handicap of 8 or lower), or enter one of three amateur divisions: Mid-Senior (ages 37+), Senior (ages 52+), Super Senior (ages 62+), or Masters (ages 70+).

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