La Quinta native and USC star golfer Charlie Reiter has received a sponsor exemption to compete again this year in the Desert Classic presented by Workday PGA TOUR event , January 17-20 at PGA West and La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta.
Reiter, who plays golf for the University of Southern California, will return again this year on his second straight sponsor invitation to compete against PGA TOUR professionals in the tournament as an amateur in order to maintain his collegiate eligibility.
Reiter, currently a Freshman at USC, made headlines last year when, at age 17, he was one of just four Americans to make the cut at the Australian Open.
As a junior, Reiter won the CIF/SCGA Southern California Regional Championship earning him a spot in the California State High School Championship. He also led his high school team to their first ever CIF state tournament. Earlier this week Reiter set the course record at The Palms in La Quinta with a score of 63.
“Charlie is a special talent and great young player with a bright future. Making the cut at the Australian Open last year and almost making the cut at the 2018 Desert Classic showed golf fans what he can do,”said former PGA TOUR player Jeff Sanders, the Desert Classic Executive Director. “I encourage the local community to come out in a big way and support Charlie again this year. He can really play.”
“It’s my dream to play on the PGA TOUR and I am grateful for this tremendous opportunity to test my game against the best players in the world in my own back yard,” said Charlie.
Charlie will join a very strong field made up of Major Champions, Masters Champions and PGA TOUR winners including Phil Mickelson, Mike Weir, Jon Rahm, Graeme McDowell, Bill Haas, Jason Dufner and many other great players.
Daily tickets to the Desert Classic presented by Workday are ONLY $30 and include admission to the Desert Classic golf tournament, Desert Classic Concert Series and three on course hospitality venues: the Michelob Ultra Beer fore Birdies on 16 green/17 tee, Casamigos Club 17 on the”Rock at Alcatraz” 17th green and the 12,000 Square foot Albertsons Vons Fan Pavilion situated perfectly behind the 18th green.
The Desert Classic Concert Series presented by the H. N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation features two nights of world-class, high energy, hit filled music with Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar and The Circle performing on Friday evening January 18th, followed by Bad Company with legendary singer Paul Rodgers Saturday night January 19th after golf. The Concerts will be held on the driving range at PGA WEST Stadium Course and are expected to start at 5:00 PM on Friday and Saturday nights.
For more information on the Desert Classic presented by Workday and Desert Classic Concert Series presented by H. N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and to purchase tickets, please visit www.Desert-Classic.com. For the chance win VIP tickets, visit https://nbcpalmsprings.com/interactive/