Aug. 21, 2012
It was a family affair for Montana golfer Lindsay Reeve last week at the Canyon River Pro-Am at the Canyon River Golf Club in Missoula. Reeve played in a fivesome that included her father and brother, and she had most of the 172-golfer field, a majority of it men, crying uncle.
Reeve, who will be a junior in 2012-13, shot a six-under 66, a Canyon River record from the 5,363-yard red tees, to finish third overall, coming in behind only a pair of collegiate men's golfers.
The day got off to an inauspicious start for Reeve, a transfer from New Mexico State who will be making her Griz debut in early September at the Bobcat Invitational in Bozeman. Reeve bogeyed two of the early par fours and sat two-over through four holes.
Her round changed on the next two holes. She birdied the par-four fifth, then posted an eagle three at the par-five sixth. She also birdied the ninth hole to make the turn at two-under 34.
On the back nine she birdied 12, 13 and 15, gave a shot back with a bogey at 16, then closed with back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 to close with a four-under 32.
"I wasn't really even paying attention," Reeve says. "My mind wasn't on my score, so I wasn't really even counting strokes. After I reached four-under at 13, I just tried to keep it steady the rest of the way."
Reeve's 66 was one shot better than Brandy Casey's previous record of 67 at the six-year-old course.
"I didn't know until afterwards that it was a course record," Reeve says. "You play different courses and see the course record-holders listed on the scorecards. I always thought it would be really cool to have my name as a record-holder, so obviously it feels pretty good."
Reeve's team, which included her dad, Jim, and older brother, Michael, represented the University of Montana Golf Course and finished third in the team scoring. The team also included Dakotah Jenson and Ann Loughlin, the teaching pro at UM's golf course who has been working with Reeve this summer.
"My swing coach has been a big help in the progress I've made this summer," Reeve said. "She has given me a lot of confidence in my game and my ability to shoot low, so I'm really excited for the upcoming season."
Jimmy Mee, who was a senior on Carroll College's Frontier Conference championship team last spring, and Colin Gunstream both fired rounds of 64 to share medalist honors. Gunstream is a Missoula Hellgate graduate and will be a sophomore at Santa Clara in 2012-13.
The fivesome representing the Stock Farm won the team title. One of the Stock Farm's golfers was Griz men's basketball assistant coach Jono Metzger-Jones.
Reeve's teammate, Natalie Beard, also competed. Beard, who will be a junior this season, tied for 29th with a 76.
Reeve's finish continued the Redmond, Ore., native's successful summer. Reeve tied for second at last month's Fourth of July Tournament at the Whitefish Lake Golf Club.
"Lindsay has been working extremely hard this summer, so it is exciting to see her efforts pay off on the scoreboard," Griz golf coach Emily Milberger said. "This is an exciting accomplishment for Lindsay. I can't wait to see what's ahead for her this fall."
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