The winner of the Budweiser Classic at Boscobel got a little different prize for the victory.
Besides the usual name on the permanent trophy and a gift certificate to the pro shop, Steven Reid got the winners belt.
It was a perfect prize because in the first round of the tournament at Boscobel Reid knocked the competition out.
If it was a prize fight the referee would have stopped it.
Reid shot an 8-under par 63 to hold a four shot lead over Perry Hartin and a 6-shot lead over most of the golfers in the championship flight.
Reid, who once worked as a cart and pro shop attendant at the club, turned a bad tee shot on his first hole into a birdie to start his run to the lead in the first round.
“I cold topped my tee shot on number 9 (shotgun starting hole) and barely made it over the creek,” said Reid. “I hit a sand wedge from 108 yards within 2-feet of the pin and that was all she wrote. It settled me in ,” he said.
Reid flirted with shooting a 29 on his first nine holes.
Reid kept hitting the ball close and making his putts. He only carded one bogey in the round and knew he was in good position after the first day.
“I was expecting there to be a bunch of 64s, 65s and 67s, but there was only one 64 and three 69s. I had never been in this position,” he said.
With a comfortable lead Reid knew getting the win mostly came down to how he played in the final round.
“I just tried not to get ahead of myself. I knew it would be pretty hard for me to screw it up, but golf is a hard game and anything can happen,” he said.
No one in the field made a serious charge at Reid in the final round.
His first round 9-under par 63 was a tournament record for the opening round.
After shooting 63 Reid followed it up with a 4-under par 67 in the final round for a 36-hole total of 130 and an 8 shot win.
Zach Satterfield had the best second day score shooting a 7-under 64 to win the First Flight and take second place overall.
Former Clemson golfer Austin Langdale shot a second round 3-under par 68 to move up into third place.
Mike Hartin carded a 1-under par 70 to finish in fourth place, one shot in front of Pam Prescott, who finished fifth.
Reid, who is a frequent participant in weekend events in the Upstate, said the win is special because of his history with the club.
“This is easily the highlight of my golf career,” said the 29 year old commercial insurance salesman. “Every shot I hit kind of comes down to this and a lot of people here played an important role for me,” he said.
Even with his big lead there were some times when Reid’s nerves got on his nerves. When that happened he remembered something Boscobel teaching pro and SCGA Hall of Famer Mike Lawrence told him.
“He told me to just have fun with it and I had that on repeat the whole round. Go have fun with it, it’s just Boscobel,” said the 2022 Budweiser Classic Champion.
The tournament draws the largest field of any Upstate weekend event. This year over 220 golfers played in the tournament.
The tournament did not feature a senior division, but did recognize the low score by a senior golfer in the field.
Skip Goley shot rounds of 70 and 73 for a 143 total to win the Senior Championship.
Flight Winners included: First Flight – Zack Satterfield, Second Flight – Ben Cox, Third Flight – Chad Gillespie, Fourth Flight – Blake Fortner, Fifth Flight – Terry Timmerman, Sixth Flight – Lance Martin, Seventh Flight – Ronnie Crisp, Grinder Flight – Eric Jones.
Hear from the 2022 Budweiser Classic Champion Steven Reid