Charlie Reiter heads to biggest golf tournament of career -

Charlie Reiter heads to biggest golf tournament of career

Former Palm Desert High School star Charlie Reiter will play in his first major championship this week at the U.S. Open in Brookline, Mass.

Charlie Reiter admits there was no jumping up and down or screaming when he realized he had qualified for the U.S. Open, his first major professional golf tournament. That didn’t mean he wasn’t excited.

“It’s awesome. Words can’t describe it,” said Reiter, the former Palm Desert High School and University of San Diego golfer who earned the U.S. Open berth Monday in sectional qualifying at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Reiter finished second in the 88-player field with a 36-hole total of 7-under 135, putting him in the field of this week’s 122nd Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

With a plan to play big amateur tournaments throughout the summer before turning professional in the fall, the U.S. Open berth is a bonus for the 22-year-old Reiter, who graduated from Palm Desert in 2018 after leading the team to the CIF state tournament twice. The Open actually means he won’t be able to play in two amateur events he had on his schedule in the coming weeks.

“Which is okay,” he laughed. “I’m not worried about it. I’m playing in the U.S. Open, which is a little better.”

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To reach the Open, Reiter had to navigate both local and sectional qualifying. He fired a 4-under 68 at the local qualifying event at Bermuda Dunes Country Club, taking second in that field of 90 golfers to earn one of five sectional berths. On Monday at The Olympic Club, Reiter started slowly with a 2-over 38 on his opening nine holes of the 36-hole day.

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