Rogers’ Reynolds a uncommon beginner winner at Arkansas Open

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Now there are 4.

Tyler Reynolds of Rogers carded a bogey-free 6-under 65 to win to the weather-shortened forty eighth annual Arkansas State Golf Affiliation Arkansas Open on Sunday afternoon at Burns Park Golf Course in North Little Rock.

Reynolds, 27, turned simply the fourth beginner to win the occasion, becoming a member of Jim Balch in 1979, Chris Jenkins in 1997 and Wes McNulty in 2006.

“It is a huge deal — actual huge deal,” Burns Park director of golf Steve Ralston mentioned. “He is a very good participant.”

Reynolds completed two photographs forward of Carson Roberts of Conway, who collected $6,500 as the highest skilled. Nick Rousey of Springdale, one other skilled, and Damin Strydom of Kingwood, Texas, tied for third at 3-under 68. Strydom is a redshirt freshman golfer on the College of Arkansas.

Ben Wolcott of Tampa, Fla. (69), Mitchell Lamping of Muncie, Ind. (69), Marcus Manley of Kissimmee, Fla. (69), and Mason Overstreet of Rogers (69) — all professionals — have been the one different gamers to interrupt 70 on the par-71 Championship Course, which performed roughly 6,700 yards from the again tees. Defending champion Peyton Wilhoit of North Little Rock shot 71.

PGA Tour winner Glen Day of Little Rock shot 65 to win the Senior Division (ages 50 and over). The Mid-Newbie Division (35 and over), Tremendous-Senior Division (60 and over) and Masters Division (70 and over) have been cancelled, Ralston mentioned, due to time constraints following torrential rainfall earlier within the weekend.

The event was scheduled for 36 holes earlier than play was suspended early Saturday afternoon, Ralston mentioned. Event officers wished to finish Saturday’s first spherical on Sunday morning and the ultimate spherical, as scheduled, Sunday afternoon. However that wasn’t attainable, Ralston mentioned, after heavy rain soaked the course Friday (the pro-am was cancelled) and once more Saturday. The event resumed Sunday at midday and was lowered to 18 holes.

“Our ditches have been out of their banks,” Ralston mentioned, including carry, clear and place was used all through the event. “We bought 5 inches yesterday up till 7 o’clock this morning and possibly bought 3 inches Friday. It was moist yesterday morning once we began, then we bought 5 inches on prime of that.”

Reynolds, who started on the again 9, accomplished 13 holes earlier than play was suspended. He birdied three holes in his abbreviated spherical, then two of his last three holes Sunday (Nos. 7 and 9) to put up 65 within the soggy situations.

“I believed it’d get right into a playoff, possibly win,” Reynolds mentioned. “I believed the course was actually mushy, in order that made it simpler. I missed loads of brief putts. I feel I might have shot 61.”

Reynolds’ first Arkansas Open victory continued his torrid stretch of success in 2021, when he was named the Arkansas State Golf Affiliation’s males’s participant of the yr for the second time. A 2012 Little Rock Christian Academy graduate, Reynolds performed on the College of Arkansas at Little Rock, graduating in 2017, and spent a season professionally (2017) on the Adams Tour earlier than regaining his beginner standing. He was additionally the ASGA males’s participant of the yr in 2019.

“It’s fairly cool to win an expert event as an beginner,” Reynolds mentioned. “That is what I take away from it.”

Reynolds works as a gross sales consultant for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits.

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