Rick Reynolds came back from the Champions Tour’s Dick’s Sporting Good Open at En-Joie Golf Club with a check for $960 and a million dollars worth of memories.

Rick Reynolds came back from the Champions Tour’s Dick’s Sporting Good Open at En-Joie Golf Club with a check for $960 and a million dollars worth of memories.
Reynolds was one of four Dick’s Sporting Goods employees to fly to Pittsburgh to play in the qualifier for the Champions Tour event at Quicksilver Golf Club. Reynolds ended up winning to claim a spot in the Champions Tour event’s field.
The former Lakewood Oaks Golf Club pro, who now works for Dick’s, spent the past weekend in New York playing with past Masters champions Fuzzy Zoeller, Larry Mize and Craig Stadler and former U.S. Open winners Tom Kite, Nick Price and Hale Irwin.
“I could go on and on about the guys we played with – Jay Haas, Fred Funk, Jeff Sluman and Eduardo Romero,” Reynolds said. “And to make it even more special, my son, Drew, was on my bag.”
Reynolds got off to a hot start Friday, shooting even par through 12 holes before the round was called due to darkness. The tourney had been postponed earlier in the day because of rain and lightning.
He finished his first round Saturday with a 77. He then shot 80 in his second round Saturday afternoon and finished with a 77 on Sunday for a three-day total of 234.
“I don’t know where I finished on the leaderboard,” Reynolds said, “but I know I wasn’t last because one guy quit because of an injury and another golfer was disqualified.
“If you finish, you get a paycheck.”
Stadler withdrew, saving Reynolds from last place.
Reynolds said his check of $960 won’t find its way into a scrapbook or picture frame, though.
“The folks at Visa and MasterCard are thrilled I have that check,” quipped Reynolds. “I’ll make a nice copy of it before I pay some bills.”
Reynolds played with Jeff Roth, who opened with a 66, on the first day; former USGA official David Eger, who fired a 65 on the second day; and Dennis Watson on Sunday.
“Dennis’ ex-wife is married to (Kansas City golf legend) Tom Watson,” Reynolds said, “so when he found out I was from Kansas City, well, I’m sure it didn’t bring up very nice memories.
“But then he told me his daughter went to school in Nashville, Tenn. She goes to Belmont College, and I told him about (my son) Riley going to Vanderbilt, which is also in Tennessee, so that gave us something to talk about most of the afternoon.”
Riley was named a Freshman All-American infielder for the Commodores and is spending the summer in Nashville, working out to improve his strength and stamina.
“I’m really proud of my dad,” said Riley, who, like his older brother Drew, graduated from Blue Springs South High School. “I know he’s living his dream playing on the Champions Tour.”
Reynolds said one highlight of the tournament was riding with then-leader Fred Funk to the driving range for an early practice session.
“They had a van drive the players about two or three miles to the driving range, and I got to talk with Fred, which was a lot of fun,” Reynolds said. “The next day, when he saw Drew and me, he came over and talked with us.
“Those guys are just incredible. They are great players, and just down to earth guys who are out playing golf.”
Another highlight came courtesy of the crowd that lined the En-Joie Golf Club during the tournament.
“When you hit a nice shot and hear that, ‘Whoa!’ from the crowd, it’s pretty special. But then, when you hit one in the bunker and you’re wondering what you’re going to do, you think back to how good you felt when the crowd was on your side.”
Lonnie Nielsen began play Sunday with a pair of birdies, then an eagle and another pair of birdies to quickly erase Funk’s three-shot lead and went on to beat Funk and Ronnie Black by three shots.
Nielsen shot a 9-under 63 to finish at 21-under 195, a record in the three-year history of the event.