Back in April, The Woodlands resident Patrick Reed captured one of professional golf’s most coveted titles at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga. A whirlwind of media appearances, including sit-downs on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and LIVE With Kelly and Ryan, followed his win and exposed the San Antonian 27-year-old to an audience far beyond the golfing world. “People get so excited when they see a Masters green jacket in person,” Reed says, noting the lore given to the legendary winner’s jacket, akin to a World Series and Super Bowl ring. His recent fame has also scored attention from other sports teams, including the Rockets and the Astros, both of whom have invited Reed to sit up front at recent games.
For the pro golfer, however, it’s not all just about access and attention. Recently, he’s drawn attention to his own charity golfing event, the Insperity Invitational/Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship, which was held at The Woodlands Country Club last month and has helped raise more than $330,000 since its inception in 2014. “We want to service the needs of people in the local Houston area and, over time, spread our work nationwide. Last year, we were even able to help [donate more than $50,000] during Hurricane Harvey with the aid of golf’s European Tour and sponsors.”
In his free time, Reed loves to kick back with his 4-year-old daughter and escape to the Hill Country. “Horseshoe Bay on Lake LBJ is kind of our second home. We love getting up there to relax and recover,” he says. Even so, he’s still very much in the game. “Right after [I won], coach Dave Pelz left me a really long voicemail encouraging me to allow this to be a stepping stone and to work harder and not settle. It’s something that hit me hard, and it is kind of how I live.”