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. 19-year-olds will be eligible to compete in the Tennessee Junior Amateur Championships, as long as they haven’t begun college.

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