Reiber pulls away for AJGA title

Waynesboro senior shoots 70, wins tourney by seven strokes

Waynesboro senior shoots 70, wins tourney by seven strokes

September 27, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

A marathon weekend didn't turn out all too bad for Kevin Reiber.

With a golf tournament Friday, the first round of the Ashworth American Junior Golf Association tournament Saturday and homecoming festivities at Waynesboro Area Senior High School that same night, Reiber came out Sunday with a minimal amount of sleep for the 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

"The driving range was packed when I got here so I didn't hit any practice balls," Reiber said. "I didn't get a whole lot of sleep with the homecoming."

No matter. The Waynesboro senior backed up his opening-round 68 with a 1-under-par 70 Sunday at Black Rock Golf Course to leave the rest of the Ashworth Junior field in his dust and earn exemptions to two AJGA tournaments of his choice next season.


With a 4-under 138 for the tournament, Reiber blew away Doug Kenney of Roswell, Ga., and Rick Stout of Pollocksville, N.C., who each shot 74 Sunday and finished seven strokes back.

Reiber had three birdies and three bogeys, all coming on par 3s where he three-putted.

He birdied No. 4, a 371-yard par-4 and was 1-over on his front nine. He started his back nine with a par on 10 and birdies on 11 and 12 that pretty much doomed any competitors' thoughts of catching him. After three pars, Reiber birdied the par-5 16th hole.

"I was inconsistent striking the ball and putting," Reiber said. "I didn't have all the pieces together today."

Kenney and Stout were in the same group with Reiber, and neither were able to get their game in gear to offer a challenge, leaving Reiber with a comfortable feeling.

Reiber said he hasn't played well in high school matches this season, but added that he focuses more when he faces outside competition.

"I try to make my personality fit ... there's a happy medium, but you still have to stay focused," Reiber said. "In school matches, you're kind of out there joking around, but in this kind of tournament and other amateurs, I make it fit."

Other area golfers didn't fare as well.

Andrew Burke of Chambersburg, Pa., came in with an 82 for a two-day 159; Chris Clipp of Frederick, Md., had a 74-149; Darryn DeShong of Chambersburg had an 80-158 and Tyler Ausherman of Middletown, Md., had an 84-166.

Clipp, however, did manage to post a 1-under 35 on his back nine Sunday.

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