La Quinta, CA – Local high school star Charlie Reiter has received a sponsor exemption to compete in next month’s CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta. Reiter, who is committed to play golf next year for the University of Southern California, will compete as an amateur in order to maintain his collegiate eligibility.
Reiter is currently a senior at Palm Desert High School and made headlines recently when, at just age 17, he was one of just four Americans to make the cut at the Australian Open in November. As a junior, Reiter won the CIF/SCGA Southern California Regional Championship earning him a spot in the California State High School Championship where he went on to finish in 14th place. He also led his high school team to their first ever CIF state tournament where they finished in 6th place this past spring.
Reiter qualified to play in the US Amateur Championship and US Junior Amateur Championship and is currently ranked 39th on the Golfweek Junior Amateur rankings. He has won 86 amateur and junior tournaments.
“We were very impressed by Charlie’s play recently making the cut at age 17 in the Australian Open. His game held up against some of the top players in the world including Jordan Spieth,” said Jeff Sanders, CareerBuilder Challenge Executive Director. “Charlie is a very special player with local ties to the Coachella Valley making him the perfect pick. We hope the local community will come out and support him in a big way!”
“Thank you to Desert Classic Charities and CareerBuilder for inviting me to play in my first PGA TOUR event,” said Reiter. “I am very grateful for the opportunity and excited to compete against the top players on the PGA TOUR in front of my friends, family and all the golf fans in the desert.”
Charlie will join a very strong field with Major Champions, Masters Champions and PGA TOUR winners including Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, John Daly, Patrick Reed, Mike Weir, John Rahm, Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas, Jason Dufner and many others.
Daily tickets to the CareerBuilder Challenge are only $30 and include admission to the golf tournament, Concert Series presented by H. N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, and three on course greenside hospitality venues including the all-new 8,000 square foot Vons Fan Pavilion located on the 18th green.
The CareerBuilder Challenge Concert Series presented by the H. N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation features two nights of rock and roll music with the popular Huey Lewis and the News on Friday January 19th, followed by Goo Goo Dolls on Saturday after golf. The Concerts will be held on the driving range at PGA WEST Stadium Course and are expected to start at 4:30 PM on Friday and Saturday.
For more information on the CareerBuilder Challenge and CareerBuilder Challenge Concert Series presented by H. N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and to purchase tickets, please visit www.CBChallenge.com.