Chuck Reeve wins the Greater Houston Super Senior City Championship

By Richard Dean

For close to 40 years Chuck Reeve played four-wall handball at an elite level. The Houstonian, who picked up the sport as a student at the University of Texas, won five national championships and four world titles counting singles and doubles. He also won the Houston open championship in handball 10 times.

Reeve’s focus has shifted to golf, a sport he excelled in at Memorial High School while winning an individual district championship, and continues to excel since taking up the game again in 2005.

In October, the 68-year-old Reeve won the Super Senior division (age 65 and above) of the Greater Houston Senior City Amateur Golf Championship for the second time in three years.

“It’s extremely satisfying to be able to come back to a sport that you grew up with and I kept abreast of it all those years,” Reeve said. “I thought of myself as a golfer even if I wasn’t playing.

“To win it is extremely satisfying because Houston, you’re drawing from not just Harris County, but all the counties touching Harris County.”

Reeve won the 2019 tournament, conducted by the Houston Golf Association, at Gus Wortham Golf Course by three shots over Jamey Freisleben of Montgomery.

Reeve, who plays out of Northgate Country Club, shot rounds of 72-72 for 2-over 144. Reeve’s eight birdies over 36 holes tied for the most in the Super Senior division with Freisleben, who compiled rounds of 76-71.

Sharing third at 7-over 149 were four players – David Bean (Houston), who closed with a low-round 1-under 70, Steve Bueltel (Houston), Mark Johnson (The Woodlands) and Lynn Cormier (Missouri City).

After the opening 18 holes on Gus Wortham’s 6,038-yard layout, Reeve held a one-shot advantage over Cormier and Cypress’ Ivan Lawson, who eventually finished in a tie for seventh at 8 over.

On the second and final day, Reeve birdied the 18th hole, by making a delicate 6-foot downhill putt to secure the victory. He added the winner’s trophy to the Super Senior division hardware that he picked up by winning the event in 2017 that was played at Memorial Park Golf Course.

“I came to the last hole not knowing how I was doing, but I decided I had to make birdie in case I needed a birdie to get to the playoff,” Reeve said. “I found out I didn’t really need it, but I was sure happy to have done it.

“It’s fun to win. On the last day, I was grinding really hard.”

On the final day, Reeve displayed his excellent short game. On the front nine, he got up and down six times for par en route to a 1-under 35 at the turn.

“I was missing the ball in good spots,” Reeve said. “I’d learned, Gus Wortham. I’d played it several times and I learned that you can’t be long, you got to be short. If you miss you got to be short so you can get up and down and have a chance.

“That’s what I was doing. I didn’t play all that great, but I was getting up and down. And I did hit a few good shots. I had four birdies each day.”

With Memorial Park Golf Course unavailable for the 2019 Houston city amateurs because of renovation, Gus Wortham Golf Course, which is operated by the HGA, was the site of the Houston city amateurs.

“The course was in great shape,” Reeve said. “Not nearly as long as Memorial, but it’s tricky. I enjoyed it. I’m fine going back.”

The 2019 tournament was Reeve’s fourth time playing in the event since turning 65. In 2016, he shared second place with two others, one shot behind the winner. Reeve had three top-10 finishes in seven appearances in the regular senior city am.