(Updated) Seth Reeves returns for shot at third Southeastern Amateur title

Reeves no longer shies away from hitting drive on Country Club of Columbus course

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comJune 10, 2014 

Seth Reeves will attempt to become just the sixth player to win at least three Southeastern Amateur championships when he tees off today the Country Club of Columbus.

The former Georgia Tech standout has won twice in the past three years, winning in 2011 and '13. He did not play in the event in 2012.

Reeves now calls CCC "a special place." That is perhaps surprising given the lack of success Reeves found at the CCC prior to 2010. Reeves played the course in numerous junior tournaments and the 2009 Georgia Amateur, when he opened with an 82 and missed the cut.

But during a practice round for the 2010 Southeastern Amateur, he decided to quit playing the course, which measures just 6,515 yards, like everyone else and play it like Seth Reeves.

"I started hitting a lot of drivers," Reeves said Tuesday. "That is more to my strength. I now take the aggressive approach and hit it as far as I can.

"There are a lot of holes where you can take an iron off the tee, but that leaves you with a longer approach. I probably hit more drivers than anyone else in the field"

Reeves went on to finish in a tie for 12th in 2010. He followed that up with his two victories.

This will be Reeves' first tournament since the NCAA championships last month in Kansas, where the Jackets advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated.

Reeves won two individual tournaments during his senior season and added three other top-10 finishes.

Reeves plans to turn pro after playing in the U.S. Amateur next month, which will played at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga., about 15 minutes from where Reeves lives.

LaGrange's Allen Doyle won the Southeastern five times with the last time coming in 1992. Doyle went on to have an ultra successful career on the Champions Tour as a professional. Columbus' Wright Waddell has won four times with his last victory coming in 2000.

Sonny Swift, Frank Garrard Jr. and Arnold Blum all won three times apiece. Reeves is one of 14 golfers who won twice.

The field of 99 tees off today in the 72-hole event. The field will be cut to the low 60 scores and ties for the final two rounds.

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