Teen golfer Charlie Reiter making PGA Tour debut near home


Charlie Reiter of Palm Desert High School is in the field of the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour this week in La Quinta.
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Charlie Reiter has watched the CareerBuilder Challenge for as long as he can remember. But the 18-year-old star golfer from Palm Desert High School didn’t think he would be playing in the tournament. At least not yet.

“No way. I did not think it was going to happen,” said Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior who received an exemption to the CareerBuilder tournament in part because he made the cut in the Emirates Australian Open in November. “But it turned out to be that I was going to be able to play and I’m just really excited to be here.”

Just 20 minutes from his house, Reiter will be making his first PGA Tour start at the CareerBuilder Challenge this week, and he will be making a little history as well. Reiter is the first amateur in the tournament’s 59-year history to be exempted into the professional field of the event.

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