Junior Golfer Makes First Move in Tournament Play

Winner of the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Qualifier hosted on The Landing golf course at Reynolds Lake Oconee, 12 year-old Rylan Black, isn’t stopping anytime soon.  Previously a travel baseball player, Rylan “caught the bug” for golf and has been playing ever since.  Since April, Rylan has participated in 10 tournaments, winning the Restore Pros Summer kickoff played at Double Oak Golf Club and finishing fourth in the Athens Ford Classic at the University of Georgia Course.

In the few short months that Rylan has focused solely on his golf game, he has taken Georgia’s junior golf by storm, performing extraordinary well in tournaments held by both the Georgia State Golf Association and Athens Area Junior Golf Tour (AAJGT).

Rylan has seven more tournaments until the Tour Championship which will take place on The Landing golf course at Reynolds in November. Chris Manzi, Executive Director of AAJGT, mentioned that “he is a great competitor and is doing well in his age group, currently in 5th place.”

When Rylan isn’t competing, he can be found practicing and attending Reynolds Kingdom of Golf’s First Move Junior Golf Program, led by Player Development Manager, Rob Bowser. First Move Junior Golf focuses on athletic development and golf specific skills training. The program’s unique dual learning approach with juniors teaches them to move more athletically with and without a golf club in their hand.  The mission is to encourage juniors to become “golfers for life,” which is the hope for Rylan Black.

“This has been an amazing summer for Rylan’s growth as a golfer,” said Bowser.  “He has truly exceeded all expectations.  We look forward to seeing him qualify to play in the season ending AAJGT Race to Reynolds Championship.”

Rylan will soon compete in the Drive, Chip and Putt sub-regional at Augusta Country Club. He has high hopes of advancing to the regional tournament in Pinehurst and securing his spot for the National Finals at Augusta National in April 2017.  From all of us here at Reynolds, we wish him the best of luck.